Last August, 2002, a number of us toured the savory food stalls of Maxwell (now actually Canal) Street and brought back tales of exotic huitlacoche, tear-inducing masa preparation, hallucinogenically wonderful Oaxacan tamales--and, of course, eye-popping taco de los ojos. You can search Maxwell in this discussion for more (Ive included a link to my post and pix of this last event). Many Chowhounds have written extensively and eloquently about this remarkable open air food orgy, and I think its safe to say that nowhere but on Chowhound have the food options on Maxwell Street been so thoroughly documented.
So lets do it again this time with cameras rolling! On Sunday, June 1, Mike G and I will gather some of our chow-friendly associates for a foray through the Maxwell Street market, with the idea of capturing it for a local cable TV show about great food in Chicago. This is not a Chowhound-sponsored event, though its goals are certainly in line with the Chowhound philosophy of deliriously extending the frontiers of hyperdeliciousness. Because Chowhounds are the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable eaters around, and always happy to meet like-minded folks, wed like to include anyone here who wants to be part of it. Even if you dont want to appear on camera, wed love to have you come along, though we cant promise you wont turn up in a long shot of the group (so if youre in the witness protection program, be advised).
Well meet at the entrance to Dominicks (on Roosevelt and Canal) at 9:30 AM on June 1st. If you get lost, call my cell: 708-902-3969. Kids are welcome, and they usually have a good time. Last year, Zim, VI, and Mike all brought theirs, and the kids seemed to like it a lot.
If you plan to come, please email me at David@DCHammond.com and well be on the lookout for you or just meet us there.
Incidentally, I havent been to Maxwell Street in two or three months, so if anyone has observations on the current offerings, lets hear em.