for the first time in its 10 year history, the monthly speaker at culinary historians of chicago failed to show, with no warning.(it was jerry kleiner, co-owner of opera and red light, in case anyone is wondering). instead, we had a very interesting opportunity to turn the spotlight on a handful of the 120 or so people who had turned out for the meeting, giving some of us a chance to introduce ourselves. one woman, maria kijac was just finishing up her encyclopedia of south american cooking, to be published in the spring. another talked about her recent trip to mongolia where she celebrated some horse festival with successive rounds of mare's milk vodka,and camel's milk vodka.
i chose to tell the group a little about chowhound.com.
i described the general topics board and our message board,which i said is one of the most active in the country. i urged them to check it out when they wanted restaurant suggestions, or wanted to share their own finds. also, i mentioned that we've been successfully holding our own get togethers. bruce kraig, our president, thrust a menu at me from sabor a cafe, where he recently ate and wanted me to recommend it to you all. i dont know if its new; they have, as expected, a large selection of meat platters,including grilled beef tongue,which i'd love. they also serve bandeja paisa, the traditional colombian plate containing grilled steak, baked beans, sausage, fried egg, arepa and green plantains ($11.50). what was intriguing to me, since i've never had them, were some of the hot drinks. they had a corn drink,masato(i'm guessing like mexican atole?)and hot chocolate with milk and cheese. just thought i'd pass that recommendation along. sabor a cafe,2435 w. peterson(casi esquina con Western). (773) 878-6327