Food & Dining

Rachel Kimura goes all in on Japanese farming

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 9/29 9:55A Mike Sula
Hinata Farms is a natural. Rachel Kimura conducted more than a few experiments during the first growing season on her 1/8-acre Hinata Farms.…

Ethan Lim's seven-course Cambodian ode to mom and dad is live

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 9/18 8:00A Mike Sula
Family Meal @hermosachicago is the chef's next step toward a culinary Khmerica. It hasn’t even been a year since I first wrote about Ethan Lim and Hermosa, his extraordinary sandwich shop in the...

Jennifer Kim is bottling love

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 9/16 11:35A Mike Sula
As Passerotto closes, its chef reimagines the future by preserving the past. Jennifer Kim’s mom keeps a bottle under her kitchen sink containing knobby, gnarly roots and a continually replenished...

Gone but not frog-otten

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 9/14 11:45A Megan Kirby
A zinester remembers Rainforest Cafe. I watch a TikTok where the Rainforest Cafe frog sits on a trailer in a parking lot, dismantled.…

Get weird with mustard beer

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 9/11 8:50A Michelle Bruton
Are Chicagoans ready for some of the yellow stuff in their brews? In the days between summer and fall, past scorching July with Oktoberfest looming, almost nothing hits the same as a grilled sausage...

Kedai Tapao rocks Malaysia’s cradle of flavor

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 9/9 10:30A Mike Sula
Love in the time of corona begets a promising new pop-up. “J,” a pastry chef who grew up in Kuala Lumpur, says that her husband “M,” a savory chef who grew up in Kane County, is making problems for...

Adobo Loko is taking special requests

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 8/24 10:10A Mike Sula
Filipino street food chef Rob Menor sees his future in a cannabis cloud kitchen. The Ube Doobie is a chewy, vivid purple pastry showered with toasted coconut flakes. Rob Menor, the chef who created...

Yuta Katsuyama is the once and future rice ball king of Chicago

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 8/17 7:30A Mike Sula
His Onigiri Shuttle Kororin rolls to a stop next week—but he’ll be back. When Yuta Katsuyama landed at the Illinois Institute of Technology four semesters ago, in the very real food desert of...

My new book is bulletproof

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 8/14 5:40A Mike Sula
50 stories. Hundreds of animals. Some laws broken. Remember back when the Reader was divided into four, thick, black-and-white sections that stained your fingers by the time you paged through the...

Jasmine Sheth is Chicago’s first dabbawala

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 8/4 4:20A Mike Sula
Each week her Tasting India delivery service dives deep into a different regional Indian cuisine. Each school day the dabbawala delivered a fresh, hot, home-cooked lunch to Jasmine Sheth (and many...

Cookbooks for isolates

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 7/27 5:00A Mike Sula
Lose yourself in two more local food books, about barbecue and ramen For the Books Issue out now, I wrote about two cookbooks inextricably tied to the community events that inspired them, the...

How to launch a vegan ice cream company

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 7/24 7:25A Mike Sula
And how not to. Maybe you heard about the launch and abrupt crash last weekend of  Peachy Vegan Ice Cream, a popsicle cart that announced its arrival on Instagram in the shadow of the Illinois...

Cookies keep you healthy, soup makes you sane

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 7/21 5:40A Mike Sula
Two books about cooking and community from Belt Publishing I wonder if one day we'll be able to correlate a second surge in Chicago COVID-19 cases to the fact that five months into the pandemic,...

Uptown’s In-On Thai excels behind a dark dining room

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 7/15 1:00A Mike Sula
Its second incarnation abides with extraordinary carryout. One of my last great group restaurant meals was in February. All the essential elements for a swell time were present: a long, loaded table...
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