Chicago is for foodies

Sure, tourists eat deep dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs when they visit the city, but the rest of us are enjoying the finer cuisine.

For one of my classes at DePaul, we looked at Chicago’s dining scene in terms of history and trends. Here’s two we focused on:

Food trucks: Gaztro-Wagon (sorry for the shoddy audio) [youtube]

Dining clubs: Grub With Us [soundcloud width=”100%” height=”81″ params=”” url=”″]

We also included an interactive Michelin Guide to Chicago.

We compiled this all on a webpage just for the sake of presenting it in class, which can be found here.

We also visited three upscale restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week and interviewed them about their food and their businesses, but unfortunately the video quality wasn’t up to our standards. (But thanks to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Alhambra and Carnivale).

Major props to James Mazurek and Lisa Klein who lugged 40 pounds of camera equipment through the ‘L’ turnstiles with me (and are overall rockstars).

Writing about beer and cicerones

For a class I’m taking at DePaul University (Reporting for Converged Newsrooms), we had to write a local story of our choice.

I chose to write about a new certification program that’s essentially the beer equivalent of a sommelier – the cicerone. (Read it here.)

Lo and behold, about a week and a half later, the New York Times decides it’s a topic worthy of their pages too. (Read it here).

But let the record stand: I had it first.