We had been wondering why the TOC food section seemed a little spare today, and then we realized it was because…we missed the two main articles!
So for the record - if there is a record - check out David Tamarkin’s trials and tribulations with the Localvore Challenge (hint: to the extent he wins, we all win). Eating local may not be the answer, but it’s a great question.
And Mike Nagrant has an awesome roundup of where Chicago chefs born outside the country like to go to find their roots. For these various ethnic eateries (Cafe Trinidad, Juicy Wine Company, Mi Ciudad , Salam, Maza, Chicago Kalbi, etc.), it’s about as good an endorsement as we can think of.