Hot Doug’s owner, Dough Sohn, announced he will be closing the gourmet hot dog stand this fall. Customers standing in line reflect on the announcement and what the restaurant meant to them. The small Avondale restaurant took the Chicago hot dog stand to the pages of the New York Times Food Section. Customers lined up around the corner and would wait hours for the tasty cased meats. Louisa Chu, co-host of the podcast Chewing the Fat, joins us from outside Hot Doug’s in Avondale.
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?
Woke late and had to make a batch of jasmine rice for lunches in a hurry so tried the”turbo” setting on this ridiculously fancy talking rice cooker the BF gave me (I think there is a setting for cleaning your house somewhere). Within 15 minutes I (Monica) had a perfect pot of rice ready to pack for lunch. It also steamed up my WW2 food poster the collection of which, Alice Waters told Chewing the Fat, will be reissued this year! Yay!
I’ve been researching the Eng family restaurants in Chicago and I came across a new one this weekend. It operated in Chicago’s Garfield Park during the 1920s, 30s or 40s. Anyone remember it? At least now I know why I (Monica Eng) like take out fried chicken so much.
Louisa and Monica want to thank all of the WBEZ members who made our upcoming Chewing the Fat live event at City Winery sell out in 35 seconds. YOW! We promise to have more events with more seats in the future. If it’s any consolation will will post pics and sound from the event here.
WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift, on which Louisa and Monica frequently appear, is competing with Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me in the public radio March bracket competition. We are going to get massacred but our boss Justin Kaufman got half naked and mounted a horse to try to inspire us not to give up hope. You can see the whole thing here. And by the looks on our faces you probably guess that it wasn’t pretty. BUT IT WAS SUPER FUNNY.