One of the most interesting chefs in America, and a patron saint of the whole animal movement who helped make offal and housemade charcuterie hot, Chris Cosentino, is coming to Chicago. Specifically he’s coming to The Publican June 8 as part of the tour for his book Beginnings: My Way To Start a Meal, and The Publican will be serving dishes from the book such as Fava Beans, Strawberries and Pecorino Salad or Pork with Artichokes, Mint, and Lemon a la carte and with beer pairings. The book will be for sale as well. Or the next day, you could go on a road trip with The Publican to the farm of one of Paul Kahan’s favorite suppliers, Louis Slagel (hear Paul Kahan talk about Slagel’s start with them in this video). You’ll leave at noon, see the farm in Fairbury, Illinois (near Bloomington), get a butchering demo by Erling Wu-Bower of Publican Quality Meats and then enjoy dinner prepared by Wu-Bower and fellow Publican Brian Huston. It’s $125 and BYOB; go here to buy your ticket.
Slagel pork, once The Publican is through with it.