Chewing the Fat
4 days ago
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Fermentation is the new pickling! So say food fetishists. Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng explore the ancient and bubbling world in this week’s Fermento episode. They talk to FermUp podcaster Branden Byers, author of The Everyday Fermentation Handbook: A Real-Life Guide to Fermenting Food without Losing Your Mind or Your Microbes. And Louisa and Monica invite their WBEZ colleague and reporter Lauren Chooljian to taste fermented veggie kefirs and homemade kraut chi, but Will She Eat It? Plus Monica and Louisa take a factory tour of Lifeway Foods to see how kefir is made, then talk with CEO Julie Smolyansky. Show Notes: facebook.com/chewingthefat. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Beet kefir by Lifeway Foods)

1 week ago
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Got milk? Raw mare’s milk? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng got it, for this week’s Raw Dairy episode. But Will They Drink It? And they get an insider update from Greg O’Neill, American Cheese Society Chair and owner of Pastoral Artisan Cheese in Chicago. Then Andy Hatch explains why he won’t be making his award-winning Vacherin Mont d’Or inspired Rush Creek Reserve cheese this year. Plus Louisa gets into a heated but unpasteurized discussion on Monica’s raw milk story.
Show Notes: facebook.com/chewingthefat. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng

3 weeks ago
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Chefs are the new rock stars, and rock stars want to be chefs? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng ask the experts in this week’s Music episode. Including Sound Opinions co-hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis, backstage at their End of Summer BBQ on the WBEZ terrace. And from epic burger banger Kuma’s Corner, chef David Bacso on what’s metal and not. Plus Will She Eat It? guests Robin Linn and Jason Saldanha, producers of Sound Ops, discuss how to pair food and music, but will they eat a very special retro stoner delight? (Photo by Louisa Chu / A Kuma’s Corner metal mini burger at WBEZ Sound Opinions BBQ in Chicago, Illinois)

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Chefs are the new rock stars, and rock stars are certified chefs. But what about diners? Does head banging metal make a better burger? How do experts pair a perfect summer tomato? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng share their all-access pass to the recent Sound Opinions BBQ, and what they heard about food and music.

Photo Courtesy of Flickr/ MasterMaq

1 month ago
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It’s mid-August in Chicago and for many people that means tomato season. But there are many controversies surrounding this love apple that has worked its way from the Americas to most of the world’s cuisines. Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng learned this as they researched their Tomato Tomahto episode.

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1 month ago
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Why should you spend double digits on a pint of ice cream? Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams tells us why, in loving detail. We also take a tour of Chicago’s coolest delicacies, including Mario’s Italian Lemonade. Finally, we bite into the cold, spicy, mango treats served at Mexican neverias. These places inspire Louisa to make a Honey Bun sundae for Monica, but Will She Eat It? Find out on the Icy episode of Chewing the Fat!

2 months ago
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On this bonus WBEZ Pledge Drive Chewing the Fat special, hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng are back from tasting the future of food! Monica and Louisa break bread, with smoked butter and sous-vide-cooked steak and eggs, with culinary tech maker Philip Preston, inventor and owner of PolyScience. They flavor trip on miracle berry inspired chocolate and bacon donuts with Moto and Berrista chef and owner Homaro Cantu. Plus US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) CEO Randy Krotz tells us how we as consumers drive meat to the market. And Blue Hill co-owner, chef, and author of The Third Plate Dan Barber details a multi-course meal of the future, including the Rotation Risotto he’s serving right now.

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(Photo: Louisa Chu/Flickr—Bacon chocolate donut test for Berrista in Chicago)

3 months ago
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LISTEN to our Chewing the Fat COOKOUT episode HERE! Louisa Chu and Monica Eng discuss deliciously dangerous BBQ with Low & Slow BBQ author/Barn & Company pitmaster Gary Wiviott; Gluten Is My Bitch author/blogger April Peveteaux; and legendary anchorman/new Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me scorekeeper/Tallgrass Beef Company’s Bill Kurtis!

(Photo: Flickr/Christopher Craig)

4 months ago
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This week we dig into the rising intolerance for the gluten intolerant by talking to celiac scientist Dr. Stefano Guandalini, comedian Brian Babylon, blogger and author April Peveteaux (“Gluten Is My Bitch”) and WBEZ COO Alison Scholly. (Photo by Louisa Chu)

4 months ago
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This week we mix it up with anchorman, and sometimes judge & scorekeeper of NPR/WBEZ’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” Bill Kurtis. He talks about his delicious and nutritious Tall Grass beef franks. Plus, we grill “Gulp” author Mary Roach about the benefits of juicing and extreme chewing. And we learn the secrets of eating like a movie star with actor John Turturro who wrote, stars and directs the new movie “Fading Gigolo.”

4 months ago
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Ruth Reichl and Alice Waters! Chewing the Fat hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng welcome in studio Reichl, former “Gourmet” magazine Editor in Chief, and Waters, chef and owner of Chez Panisse. They were in town for the Chicago Humanities Festival event, “The Art of Simple Food: Alice Waters in Conversation with Ruth Reichl”. Monica and Louisa learn the the truth about Ruth’s highly anticipated Twitter inspired book, and hear her struggle writing the recently released Delicious!: A Novel. Alice talks about her new book, “The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden.” All that and listener mail — finally! (Photo: Monica Eng, Alice waters, Ruth Reichl, Louisa Chu)

4 months ago
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“We’ll always have Paris,” says Chewing the Fat! But is the best food in Paris still made by the French? This week hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng have a tête-à-tête-à-tête with blogger and author David Lebovitz about his new book “My Paris Kitchen.” And catch up with former Gourmet magazine European correspondent Alec Lobrano, who’s just updated his restaurant guide, Hungry for Paris, and released his new book “Hungry for France.” Plus Monica and Louisa go on a croissant crawl in Chicago, tell you how to pick pastries like a Parisian, and reveal their top croissants in the city!
(Photo: Flickr/Mini croissant au beurre from Beurrage in Chicago—Louisa Chu)

5 months ago
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This week is Passover, Holy Week, and Orthodox Easter. This year all of these holidays so happen to all fall on Sunday, and we look at some traditional foods that are an important part of these religious traditions. This special Chewing the Fat holiday edition compares Orthodox and non-Orthodox traditions and includes an on-air feast of, what else, marshmallow Peeps. Chewing the Fat co-hosts, Monica Eng and Louisa Chu join us in studio with Food Fanatics Senior Editor Carly Fisher. WBEZ’s Al Keefe joins us from Boston to talk about cooking for Passover and Orthodox Easter.

Photo Credit: WBEZChicago Instagram

5 months ago
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Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng ask legendary Chez Panisse chef Alice Waters and Renegade Lunch Lady Ann Cooper why, despite more than a decade of school food reform, processed foods still rule America’s neediest lunchrooms. We also talk to former Fed Up With Lunch blogger Mrs. Q (aka Sarah Wu) about her exit from the school food movement, and highlight Sitka Conservation Society’s innovative salmon to school program in Alaska. Plus, Louisa makes Monica a 42 ingredient nugget, but Will She Eat It?

5 months ago
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Live from Chicago, it’s Chewing the Fat! Co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng hold their first live event, a podcast recording and WBEZ Chicago Member Meet-Up at City Winery complete with wine, cheese, and charcuterie. Listen as audience contestants play Know Your Sausage with Hot Doug’s Doug Sohn; Will You Eat It? with three stinky cheeses and Pastoral’s Greg Miller and Ken O’Neill; plus Ask the Somms with Tenzing Master Sommelier Fernando Betata, and City Winery’s very own Rachel Driver Speckan.

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