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28 July, 2017

TENGO UNA EMERGENCIA! LLAME 5411!

TENGO UNA EMERGENCIA! LLAME 5411!
Posted in : Dinner Party on by : Grace Rice

Food excites. Food frustrates. Food bores. But food usually doesn’t move. Unless it’s on a truck, zooming down Michigan Avenue in fantastic culinary splendor. At least that’s how I feel sitting in the passenger’s seat of the 5411 Empanadas food truck (aka a big blue box of Argentinean deliciousness). Rick, the truck manager, effortlessly parks
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19 June, 2017

LITTLE FARM ON THE BIG PLAINS

LITTLE FARM ON THE BIG PLAINS
Posted in : Culinary School on by : Grace Rice

I’m a romantic when it comes to local farmers. Rugged, hearty Midwesterners in weathered jeans, a shovel of labor in one hand and seeds of fortune in another. I envision pristine rows of organic, ripe corn stretching across the horizon as dairy cows and hogs happily graze near a red barn. And completing the vista,
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18 May, 2017

BUILDING A GREENER CHICAGO

BUILDING A GREENER CHICAGO
Posted in : Culinary School on by : Grace Rice

For the average American, going “green” means buying hearty avocados from Whole Foods, recycling soda cans, and sending annual donations to a sustainable banana farm in Costa Rica. Others might compost yard waste, buy produce at local farmers markets, and opt for public transportation instead of cars. For most of us, sustainable living entails these
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20 March, 2017

MY OWN PERSONAL CHEF!

MY OWN PERSONAL CHEF!
Posted in : Culinary School on by : Grace Rice

Alvin Yu, founder and owner of Fyusion Dining, is the quiet and humble sort—reserved, meticulous, maybe a tattooed Asian gangster in some alternate universe. Upon immediate impression, you wouldn’t think of him as a nonprofit junkie and an accomplished personal chef, but a little conversation reveals much about the man and his industry. I approached Alvin
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10 February, 2017

A TALE OF TWO ALCOHOLICS

A TALE OF TWO ALCOHOLICS
Posted in : Alcohol on by : Grace Rice

Excess drinking is a social staple of our culture—a measure of penile vigor, a source of liquid courage, a mental blockade to shut out the world. At some point or another, we’ve all woken up (in our bed or not) with massive headaches, filled with various forms of regret that conveniently disappear from our moral
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22 January, 2017

PARTYING WITH ETHIOPIANS

PARTYING WITH ETHIOPIANS
Posted in : Ethiopia on by : Grace Rice

Before college, Ethiopia was one of those African countries that I felt immensely proud for recognizing but didn’t know jack shit about. Sure, I appreciated the culinary accomplishments of Marcus Samuelsson and the stunning jawline of Liya Kebede, but as far as I was concerned, Ethiopia was simply another African country producing your trifecta of
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