Monday, February 11, 2013
New Lenox residents served their best chili Feb. 9 at New Lenox Library District for the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by Gatto's.
From spicy to zesty, seven unique chili dishes were served up to about 85 taste-testers at the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off Saturday at New Lenox Library. The contest, sponsored by Gatto's Restaurant & Pub, offered up a variety of hot and spicy combinations along with zesty vegetable and meat-chocked varieties of an all-time cold weather favorite food, chili. The homemade recipes drew a crowd of willing judges, including last year's winner John Kluk. He didn't participate this year, but he enjoyed sampling the entries. He wouldn't wouldn't reveal his favorite though. Gatto's provided the winners with gift cards. Winners The winning recipe will be shared on the New Lenox Library District website on Monday. Patch will add it to this story, …
Sunday, January 22, 2012
New Lenox residents served their best chili Jan. 21 at the public library for the annual cook-off, sponsored by Gatto's.
The competition heated up Saturday—and so did the spices—at the New Lenox Public Library's annual chili cook-off event. Nine teams faced off with their homemade recipes, and the public got to play judge during a free lunchtime tasting. The event was sponsored by Gatto's Restaurant, which also provided gift cards to the winners. Winners Spiciest: "Sue's Spicy Chili" View the photo gallery above for more the participants' tips to great chili. You can read about last year's cook-off here: Cancer Survivor Turns Talents Toward Chili Cook-Off
Friday, January 20, 2012
You can taste local chefs' chili recipes in a library cook-off Saturday, then head over to the VFW to try slices from the best New Lenox pizza joints to benefit the Cancer Support Center.
If you're looking for a new dining experience this weekend in New Lenox, a couple events are providing home-cooked chili and local pizza contests. You just need to bring an appetite. The New Lenox Public Library is holding its fourth annual Chili Cook-off from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday. Area chefs will serve their recipes, and you can play judge to help name winners for best chili and spiciest chili. Last year, 19-year-old Joe Gasca of New Lenox won the cook-off. He started practicing his love for cooking after he was diagnosed with leukemia, which was discovered in the hospital when he was being treated for a severe neck injury. Get more information in our events calendar. So chili's for lunch, but pizza is on the menu for dinner. The …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Lincoln-Way Central senior Tripp Gellinger put his passion for cooking to work in a new book, overcoming the obstacles of being born with cerebral palsy and battling epilepsy and hydrocephalus.
A New Lenox teen took his passion for cooking and published his own cookbook, overcoming the obstacles of being born with mild cerebral palsy and battling epilepsy and hydrocephalus. Tripp Gellinger is a senior at Lincoln-Way Central High School and recently wrote Trippin Good Cookin & Bakin, which features some of his own recipes and others from his mother. "I can still cook just not as fast as people on TV and my right hand doesn’t function good," Gellinger says on his website. "That’s why I said I want to be a judge on a cooking or baking TV show, because I want to be an inspiration for people with disabilities. Don't let anyone tell you, you can't do something you want to do!" According to Sun-Times Media, his love of cooking grew out …
Monday, August 1, 2011
Coach Kyle Richardson and the Joliet Junior College culinary team won a national championship last week.
Chef Kyle Richardson, of New Lenox, and the Joliet Junior College culinary team won the national championship last week in Dallas against three other schools in the American Culinary Federation. JJC placed second overall last year, but had the recipe for success with its meal this year. Earlier this summer, I had a chance to hang out with the team as it prepared a practice dinner, and I was fortunate enough to sample the meal that night. Go here to see a full menu of the team's meal, as well as video of each team member preparing his or her dish. The five-member team includes David Basile, of Peotone; Robert Belanski, of Plainfield; Aaron Guajardo III, of Joliet; Laura Korte, of New Lenox; and Michael Shannon, of Plainfield. Guajardo also …
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The team, whose coaches are from New Lenox and Oak Forest, is competing in Dallas this weekend for its second-straight national trip.
Following a second-place finish last year in the national competition for the American Culinary Federation, students at Joliet Junior College have cooked up another winning year. The five JJC Culinary Team members—as well as coaches Tim Bucci of Oak Forest, Kyle Richardson of New Lenox and Suzette Simpson of Bolingbrook—are going to the ACF's national convention again this year to compete against three other top teams in the country. The convention is in Dallas this weekend. “It’s a huge thing, especially for our small school," Richardson said. "We have definitely become a power." The past couple weeks, the team has prepared by cooking the four-course meal it will serve in the national competition and holding fundraising dinners. Here's …
Monday, March 21, 2011
Mokena resident Carrie Ivicic shares her mom’s sloppy joe recipe, which she enjoyed as a kid and now makes for her own children.
Carrie Ivicic gained cooking knowledge, inspiration and a whole slew of recipes from her mom. “My mom was a very good cook,” the Mokena resident and mother of two said. “She made homemade, traditional meals that we all loved.” Ivicic chose to share her mom’s sloppy joe recipe with Mokena Patch because it was one of her favorites growing up and because it agrees with every age group. “Kids and adults both love it,” Ivicic said. She grew up with two brothers and one sister, and the sloppy joes were something her mom could make that everyone would enjoy. Now, her two kids enjoy it too. “My daughter told me it was the best dinner ever,” Ivicic said after making it just last week. It’s a versatile recipe, too. “My mom would cook it up on week …
Monday, February 21, 2011
Everyone gets their inspiration from somewhere. Chicago Blu’s head chef shares a recipe her mom often made for her in her youth.
Ever wonder where current chefs got their inspiration? Curious about what their moms used to cook for them when they were young? Athynia Sajpel, head chef at Chicago Blu in Frankfort, gave us an inside look at how she became a chef. She even provided us with a recipe from her mother, which she enjoyed growing up and still enjoys at holidays and special occasions. Sajpel decided she wanted to be a chef when she was around 9 or 10 years old. Her mother decided to go back to school, leaving Sajpel to take over cooking dinner for her dad. “When he really liked what I made, I was shocked,” Sajpel said. “I realized I could really do this.” Sajpel said most of her cooking inspiration came from her father and grandfather, who both owned a couple …
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Chef Jeff Goldfarb shares a sensuous recipe for his 'Acid Chicken' — a perfect Valentine's Day dinner to cook for that special someone.
Jeff Goldfarb’s cooking has taken him all across the nation, from Alaska to Hawaii but this Homewood native’s title of World’s Tallest Chef has led him to numerous television and radio appearances. Starting today, Patch.com is introducing the first of an ongoing series of exclusive segments for the south suburbs with recipes and cooking demos by Chef Jeff, the tallest chef (at 7 feet tall) in the world. "This is a very aromatic, sexy and romantic recipe. While the chopping can be labor intensive, the meal is relatively simple. Recommended for couples on a romantic date night, to share in the cooking and eating. Best of all, it's healthy!" -Chef Jeff Goldfarb 4 whole thawed Cornish hens, cleaned and washed 2 tbsp of chopped capers with …