'Blackbird' on Serious Eats

Recap: City Flavors Couple-It Feast at Blackbird in Chicago

We came, we ate, we drank tea, it was all good. Thanks to the good folks from Serious Eats partner Gold Peak Iced Tea, 175 Chicago-area serious eaters gathered last night at Blackbird, one of my favorite Chicago restaurants, for a seriously delicious repast prepared by Mike Sheerin, the restaurant's chef de cuisine. Sheerin, aided and abetted by Blackbird's chef-owner partner Paul Kahan, served up five incredible nibbles, each paired with a different Gold Peak Iced Tea flavor. Everyone had a blast. Robyn Lee and I really enjoyed meeting some of the thousands of Chicagoans that comprise the Windy City's Serious Eats community. We got lots of great Chi-town food intel, which I cannot wait to make use of during... More

Join Us in Chicago For A Gold Peak® Iced Tea City Flavors Couple-it Feast

City Flavors Couple-it Feast at Blackbird When: Sunday August 30, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Where: Blackbird, 619 W Randolph Street, Chicago IL 60611 (map) How Much: Free! Listen up, serious eaters, especially those who live in or near Chicago. Thanks to our partner Gold Peak Tea, Serious Eats is hosting a great party on Sunday August 30 at Blackbird, which is truly one of the Windy City's best restaurants. Blackbird chef and co-owner Paul Kahan, working with his chef de cuisine, has put together a seriously delicious menu of five dishes that they have expertly paired with each of the Gold Peak five flavors. The party starts at 6 p.m. and here's the crazy thing: if you're a member... More

In Videos: The Whole Hog Project

A year and a half ago, Mike Sula of the Chicago Reader embarked on a project. The Whole Hog Project would follow three mulefoot pigs (Edna, Erma, and Endive) from birth (on a Wisconsin farm) to death (at a slaughterhouse) to an afterlife (at Chicago's Blackbird restaurant). The hairy oinkers, known for having uncloven hooves like mules, would be spotlighted in a fancy six-course dinner. "I've never seen my food walking around before," his friend and and videographer throughout the project, Mike Gebert of Sky Full of Bacon, admitted. Why were they putting themselves through this? Mulefoot pigs are an endangered American breed that, two years ago, only had 200 to their name. While eating an endangered animal seems... More

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