Food waste is a huge problem that not only deprives hungry people of food but also contributes greenhouse gases. The app Flashfood allows users to buy groceries nearing their sell-by dates from stores at half price, preventing them from being thrown out.
Chicago is an outstanding food city—but you don’t have to eat at Michelin-star restaurants to enjoy the exceptional dining culture. The city’s (and suburbs’) diners are where Chicagoans of all types congregate for some quick, hearty food and hot coffee.
Alma and Cristóbal Mora founded Bueno Days to use their love of coffee to explore their Mexican heritage, selling beans sourced from Mexico and providing education alongside their coffee and inspired drinks such as horchata cold brew and a mole latte.
There's a new season of Pati's Mexican Table where she visits the northeastern state of Nuevo León and samples some grilled delights, among other things. Try her recipe for grilled potatoes topped with oozy cheese, sausage, and bacon.
A program called Pilot Light brings food education into the classroom. But it's about more than nutrition or cooking lessons. One Chicago Public School teacher shares her experience with using food as a dynamic teaching tool.
Prahok ktiss reminds the owner of one of Chicago's only Cambodian restaurants of childhood, when her mother would make it. Now it's one of her favorite dishes, and available at Khmai Fine Dining in Rogers Park.
Mona Sang opened Khmai Fine Dining, one of two Cambodian restaurants in Chicago, to share the recipes and culture of her mother, who fled the Khmer Rouge genocide and ended up in Chicago, where she supported herself and four children as a caterer.
"I can’t stop the war, but I can do something,” says Demera Ethiopian Restaurant's Tigist Reda, who is hosting Chicago Chefs Cook for Tigray, a fundraiser for people whose lives have been upended by the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray region.
Looking for a creative outlet while working as a doctor during the pandemic, Sheil Shukla developed recipes and photographed them for a cookbook based in part on the recipes of his family that also emphasizes healthful eating through veganism.
Fall means back to school, and while we may not be returning to lessons in a classroom, there's still plenty of fun things to learn—as in the cornucopia of new seasons of cooking shows premiering on WTTW over the next couple months.
Kaliya curry is a traditional curry eaten by Sri Lankan Muslims that features fried eggplant, plantain, and potato. The Oak Park writer Mary Anne Mohanraj, who has a vegan Sri Lankan cookbook coming out this fall, shares her recipe.
Mary Anne Mohanraj primarily writes science fiction, but a desire to connect to the cuisine of her birthplace of Sri Lanka led her to write a cookbook celebrating the diverse cuisine of the island; she's now publishing a vegan sequel.