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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.

The Menu:

Introgood times roll part two— RjD2 WITH smoked tomato & basil shooters

Verselove 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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April 21, 2010 - Posted by | Wednesday Food

4 Comments

  1. AH! So completely jealous! Of both the dinner, and your appreciation for piggy. The world of food seems to be both expanding and shrinking simultaneously, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. And musical pairings?! Isn’t that just how all food should be enjoyed?

    Comment by Vanessa | April 21, 2010

  2. korean style bi bim bop . . . fried egg WITH “wit or wit out you” wit beer

    The description of the “verse” seems better suited to a chorus.

    Comment by jms | April 21, 2010

  3. That was maybe not very clear. I meant because the description is repetitive and redundant, and because choruses repeat. Or something like that.

    Comment by jms | April 21, 2010

  4. I dunno, it seems pretty uncreative.

    Comment by ben | April 21, 2010


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