I met Homaro "Omar" Cantu in 2004, a few months after he'd opened Moto, when I went there to dinner with some sixteen or so friends. One of those friends, Catherine Lambrecht, brought a container of raccoon meat. Chef Cantu, prankster that he was, got a hold of the meat...
This coming weekend, April 17-18, at UIC Pavillion, my friend Seth Zurer – along with pig meat compatriots Andre Pluess and Michael Griggs – are staging Baconfest, a two-day celebration of all things belly, including bacon from the pig but also perhaps smoked and cured bellies from steers, salmon, and other delicious creatures.
In Door County, on Washington Island, there's a huge Icelandic population. Door County attracts Scandinavians of all kinds, but for some reason, the Icelandic folks seem clustered on this little island. On the island is a bar called Nelson's. What sets Nelson's apart is their trademark beverage: a shot of Angostura Bitters.
My food at Flat Top Grill was always a muddy mess; Carolyn's was always tasty and good because she has a better palate and she has a better sense of what goes with what. This is no fault of Flat Top Grill's.