Wednesday Food: Sugar in My Bowl
Last night I went to a supper club event that can best be described as a collaboration of willful artists and artisans, all specializing in different “media”. The menu was music-inspired, and each course was accompanied by a song and custom crafted beer. This all might have come across as a bit pretentious, if it wasn’t so much fucking fun.
Held in a production venue/ private home about 40 of us, strangers all, tucked into a six-course meal presented by City Provisions Catering and Events, with beer from Pipeworks Brewing Co., and music set by JAQ.
City Provisions is a sustainable culinary enterprise who seem to be putting forth far more effort toward green-business leadership and being a community resource than any other business I’ve seen. They’re just weeks away from opening a delicatessen featuring in-house butchered meat from nearby farms, prepared foods, pastries, and locally-produced libations.
Pipeworks Brewing Co., is the newest face to the Chicago craft brew scene, on the verge of closing in on a location and equipment for full-distribution. The three partners have been perfecting recipes under the tutelage of Urbain Coutteau at De Struise Brouwers in Belgium, and aim to be lining Chicago’s shelves by 2011.
Intro…good times roll part two— RjD2 WITH smoked tomato & basil shooters
Verse…love will tear us apart— joy division WITH korean style bi bim bop, braised pork hocks, fried egg WITH “wit or wit out you” wit beer
Chorus…beans and cornbread— louis jordan WITH skirt steak étouffée and ho cakes WITH plumber’s ale mild
Verse…my philosophy— krs one WITH blueberry bbq pork sandwiches, sweet potato chips WITH abduction imperial stout
Bridge…tenament yard— jacob miller WITH jerk chicken thighs, spinach callaloo WITH cheeky monkey ipa
Outro…i want a little sugar in my bowl— nina simone WITH banana toffee pudding, vanilla bean ice cream WITH last kiss wee
I’ll link to a full review later but for now I’ve walked away with a new appetite and regard for all things swine, having struggled to embrace what the rest of culinary-dom has come to worship. And I’ve been reminded to what degree a good dish, when properly paired, becomes extraordinary.
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