David Hammond, a corporate communications consultant and food journalist living in Oak Park, Illinois, is a founder and moderator of LTHForum.com, the 8,500 member Chicago-based culinary chat site. David is a regular contributor of restaurant reviews and food-related articles for Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, TimeOut Chicago, Local Beet, and Chicago Reader, which published his seven-part guide to regional Mexican food in the city. He has also contributed food writing to blogs such as the Local Beet and Grubstreet Chicago. With his friend Michael Gebert (creator of Sky Full of Bacon video podcasts), he hosted a cable documentary on Hispanic chow at Chicago's Maxwell Street Market,and has just completed working on a video about Taste of Melrose Park. A returning guest on WLS and WGN AM radio, David produces the "Soundbites" series on the James Beard-nominated Eight Forty-Eight (Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ, 91.5FM); these radio pieces examine how Chicago chefs use sound in their kitchens; listen here: http://tiny.cc/QpCTA. David was featured on "Good Morning, America," "Chicago, Tonight," and Nippon TV when he developed recipes for preparing seasonal cicadas, which invaded Chicagoland during the spring of 2007. More information, including writing samples and bug-cooking videos, can be found at www.dchammond.com.
Carnivore opened late last summer, and we've been there a few times to pick up meat and fish. The boys at Carnivore now also offer lunch. Stopping in for a sandwich is a good way to sample their hand-crafted wurst.
In Oak Park last spring, we had a food truck rally that can only be described as a "disappointing success." This parking lot-based (Pilgrim Church) gathering of food trucks generated a huge turnout of villagers — so much so that some vendors ran out of supplies within the first 30 minutes and many more within the first hour.
I met my wife, Carolyn Berg at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. We both chose this small, liberal arts school largely because of its foreign study program. To celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, we booked passage on the Zaandam, a ship in the Holland America Line. This 14-day cruise docked at a number of ports in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China and Hong Kong.
The lion fish is an invasive species in the Gulf of Mexico. They started living – and thriving – in these waters after they escaped from a boat that was delivering them to the pet store trade -- the boat was capsized by Hurricane Andrew. Now they're reproducing rapidly and taking over the reefs, endangering native fish, and making Chef Chris Sherrill angry. Sherrill, however, has turned that anger to a good cause. He's serving lion fish to his patrons.
If you haven't had pig ear before, and you see it on a menu, it's probably best to get a plate you can share. Even I can't see making a whole meal of them, but for an appetizer or snack (with wine or beer), fantastic.
Allowing the beasts of the natural world to feed on the flesh of our dead is likely a repugnant thought to many. Me, I think it's repugnant to pump the dead full of toxic chemicals and then bury them in the sacred earth. Cremation is a more feasible option, but even burning the dead seems a waste of resources and a source of air pollution.
Honestly, I probably never would have visited the Hemingway homes in Oak Park if I hadn't been assigned an article on the topic of the author, but I'm glad I visited all of them…because, apparently, the world thinks a lot of this guy, and running into him all over the world is largely unavoidable.
Kennel Attendant - Part Time (Oak Park) We are looking for a Part-Time kennel attendant who will be responsible for day-to-day care of cats and dogs boarding in our hospital. You may also fill out application in person at Carlson Animal Hospital 414...