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Maxwell Street: The Televsion Show

David Hammond | Dec 1, 2003 04:41 PM

Early last summer, a bunch of us met up at the Maxwell Street Market on a gorgeous Sunday morning. With cameras rolling, we interviewed vendors, ate a lot of amazing Hispanic chow, and took in all the remarkable sights and flavors of this unique Chicago street institution.

Now, after months of painstaking editing by MikeG, the video is complete, and it will be aired on Comcast public access in the southwestern and western Chicagoland suburbs in December, every Tuesday night, at 11:00 PM. In Oak Park, the channel is 19 (the public access channel may vary by suburb; times remain the same). The program guide lists the show as “Maxwell Street Mexican,” and it is the first in what may be a series entitled Gorilla Gourmet. In this first installment, you’ll see:

• VI, courageously questioning, probing and cajoling vendors into revealing themselves, as well as the origins of their culinary offerings.

• Gary “Ultimo” Wiviott imperiously standing his ground in the Great Taco Debate, and then, after a day of serious chowing, downing an eyeball taco.

• Cathy2 meticulously demonstrating the correct procedure for eating a Jim's Original bone-in pork chop sandwich.

• Chowhounditas relentlessly charming all they meet and most of the known universe.

• Many other chowhounds furiously enjoying the food, the conversation, and the general vibe.

This Maxwell Street program will eventually be shown on Chicago cable, and we’ll keep you posted on those dates.

We are tentatively planning a “’premiere party” at Jimmy’s Place in Elmwood Park. More on this to come, but if you’re near a television set in the southwestern or western suburbs (e.g., Oak Park west to Elmhurst, south to Burbank, and north to Bensenville) any Tuesday night in December, check out the public access channel to see some of the reasons why so many of us in the Chicago chow community just love the “Cheat You Fair.”

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