The words authenticity and tradition are bandied about a lot in the food world. Is your favorite ethnic restaurant authentic, traditional, fusion – or just how American food is expressed these days?
We will discuss these things and how immigration patterns impact American locations large and small after reading Buttermilk Graffiti – A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting Pot Cuisine by Edward Lee.
The book chronicles Chef Lee’s journeys around the country searching out unexpected pockets of ethnic cultures and influences. Each chapter covers a stop on his quest and we hear his questions to the cooks and his reflections on how those answers impact the rest of us and what and how we eat today.
Our dinner will be an example of another adaptation of other cultures’ food markets – the American food hall. We will enjoy offerings from the variousstalls in Chicago’s new Politan Row Food Hall in the West Loop. This location has many ethnic mashups for us to try and to learn (or guess!) how they came about.
When: Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Meet at Politan Row, at 111 N. Aberdeen. Street parking is limited; be aware of permit-only areas. The nearest El stop is Pink and Green line at Morgan and Lake.
Tickets: Available here. Cost is $40 per person for LDE members; $45 for non-members. Price includes dinner and non-alcoholic beverages. Registration closes at noon on Friday Aug. 23.
See you there!