It is the middle of September and most of the kiddos are back in school starting a whole new year of learning. I thought why should the kids have all the fun! (Besides the fact that they are kids and that is what kids do!) My friends at Fortune Fish & Gourmet in Bensenville, IL gave me (and enough folks to fill the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago) the education of a lifetime on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by hosting the Chicago Seafood and Specialty Show. The show provided an opportunity to taste and learn from over 160 of the finest Seafood andRead More →

Driving up to Kendall College on Saturday morning, I knew that it was going to be a great day. The sun was shining and unseasonal briskness of the morning made it a perfect day to sit and learn about Mexican Cuisine at the second annual Mod Mex event hosted by Chicago’s very own, Rick Bayless. Last year’s event was a showcase of the New Face of Mexican Food but this year was a little different because the chefs concentrated on the beauty of a Mexican market basket and innovating a new way to look at those ingredients. The ingredients included Tomatillo, Piloncillo (a cone ofRead More →

I like the word approachable. If you look up the word in a thesaurus you will see synonyms like “friendly”, “welcoming”, “pleasant”, “cordial” and “inviting.” These are also words I feel each time I walk into Sunda in Chicago. Part of Rockit Ranch Productions, Sunda is a superstar when it comes to showcasing both Eastern Asian and Southeast Asian regional cuisine. Executive Chef Jess DeGuzman has found a way to balance making dishes delicious and “approachable” for those of us trying new foods. It is this balance of an “approachable” menu and welcoming atmosphere that makes Sunda a great venue for a private event suchRead More →