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.
Last Monday, October 17, Sugar Beet Schoolhouse Programs, in partnership with Autre Monde, presented the first of what will likely be many "family dinners." Under the auspices of the Autre Monde team, children from Sugar Beet Schoolhouse made and served dinner to guests who packed the dining room and spilled out onto the back patio.
We're maybe growing a little tired of regular old kale, which has been a staple on U.S. menus for several years now. Kalettes, a new vegetable, are a way to make this familiar and very popular vegetable feel new again.
Going back to the old days of racism, misogyny and elitism is apparently what the candidate means by "making America great again." Deplorable positions, but add to that his food preferences, and there's no way a reasonable person – or anyone who likes to eat – could vote for him.
The bad news for our country is that we could end up with a man at the top who doesn't like overweight people and whose contempt is likely to spread throughout the population, making it okay "again" to call someone a "fat ass" (and a lot worse) without being considered – or feeling like – a bad person.