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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team

A burger is a burger right?  Wrong;  Well, at least not to foodies and culinary experts.  In-fact, I bet that most folks around Chicago can probably tell you where to find their favorite burger, even if they aren’t foodies.  I recently tried a burger that is vying for the “best burger” title at the “Amstel Light Burger Bash” and I liked it.  I really, really liked it.5512207d252591e7d5c632fa8c8135851

Carol Wallack, is the Executive Chef at Sola restaurant and one of two Chicago chefs (Rick Bayless) invited to participate in the “Amstel Ligh Burger Bash” competition.  Hosted by Rachel Ray, the event takes place  in Miami on Thursday February 19th and is part of the 2009 Food Network South Beach Food & Wine Festival.  The South Beach Festival is one of the premiere culinary and wine events in the country and features some of the biggest culinary stars in the industry. 

Chef Wallack is competing against some top notch chefs, but I think that her “Wagyu Beef Burger” may have a chance.  The signature “Wagyu Burger”, which has taken Chef Wallack over 20 years to perfect, is Allen Brother’s Wagyu Beef, cambazola cheese, house-made bacon, carmelized onions and arugula all squeezed between a soft pretzel roll.  The Chef likes to serve the burger medium, which I normally don’t do, but her suggestion went over very well.  Of course, you can’t have a burger without their truffle fries, which were the perfect complement to the beef.

In celebration of the “Burger Bash”, Sola is serving the delectable burger all weekend  long (February 19th – 22nd).  The burger is normally only served during lunch and dinner on Thursdays and only during lunch on Fridays.

Sola is located at 3868 N. Lincoln Ave. (773) 327-3868.  For more information log onto www.sola-restaurant.com.  Watch Fete Select TV on www.efete.net to check out the newest and hottest restaurants in Chicago.

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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team

Let’s face it, there are a lot of restaurants in Chicago that feature Mexican cuisine, but there are only a handful that really, really stand out.

You can place the new Logan Square eatery Real Tenochtitlan (2451 N. Milwaukee Ave.) in the standout category. Let’s say it together: Re-AHL-teh-NOCH-tee-tlahn.

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Theresa Carter, NBC5 Street Team

It seems that once a person has achieved celebrity status, especially when that person is a chef, almost invariably someone wants to take ’em down. Not so with Rick Bayless. Owner of Frontera Grill and Topolobambo, he also is the author of several cookbooks and host of “Mexico – One Plate At A Time.” The man seems to be universally loved and, if the Chefs Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony was any indication, for good reason.

Palmer House Hilton BallroomThe Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame hosted an elaborate evening for the popular restaurateur/chef/author/TV star at the The Palmer House Hilton. Local culinary schools set up tasting stations around the room, and the city’s culinary elite and their supporters tried everything from pulled pork to foie gras.

This was the third year of the award. The first chef to be inducted was, of course, Charlie Trotter, and the second was Heaven On Seven’s Jimmy Bannos. Everyone who came to the podium to honor Bayless was so incredibly complimentary it was almost over the top. Trotter, Naha‘s Carrie Nahabedian, 12-time James Beard award winner Steve Dolinsky, Food Industry News VP Cary Miller, Chicago Culinary Museum President and Co-Founder John Castro – everyone praised Bayless and his wife Deann so much I felt like we were in in the presence of royalty! Musician Jose Cornier even wrote a song for Bayless called “One Plate At A Time.”

Yet when Bayless came to the microphone, his passion for his craft and his devotion to his wife and his conviction in the importance of his work was as obvious and genuine as a child’s love for his dog. This celebrated, praised, and frankly, revered man was just so darn glad to be able to do what he loves in a city he adores.

“Chicago’s the greatest food city in America,” he said. And when he said “It’s a beautiful time to be alive. It’s a beautiful time to be here in Chicago,” you knew he meant every word.

I, too, am now a certified member of the Rick Bayless fan club. I thank you, Mr.  Bayless, for your humbleness and for your consistent effort to bring a country’s culture to Chicago and to the world through food. Thank you for exhibiting such pure joy at being honored for simply doing what you love. Congratulations – you deserve it.

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