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Illinois's Only Tahini Manufacturer Loves His Product So Much He Drinks It

Daniel Hautzinger

Ayub Julany, the founder of Albaik Tahini in Arlington Heights, absolutely loves tahini, especially when it's fresh. “You know how some people love everything about peanut butter and they put peanut butter on everything?” he says. “That’s me with tahini."
Rows of glasses full of mead at Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery.

Want to Try the World’s Oldest Alcoholic Beverage? A South Side Meadery Offers a Hyperlocal, Environmentally-Friendly Taste

Meredith Francis

Mead is one of the world's oldest alcoholic beverages. The owner of a meadery in Beverly shares insight on mead flavors, offers tips for those who are hesitant to try the beverage, and talks about what makes mead so environmentally friendly.
Joseph Moton, left, and Ted Robinson

Meet the Two Brothers Behind A Vodka Brand Celebrating Lake Michigan’s “Playpen”

Meredith Francis

Lake Michigan's "playpen" inspired Chicago brothers Joseph Moton and Ted Robinson to launch their own vodka company. They talk about how they got started, their love for the versatility of vodka, and what it's like to work as brothers.
Chef Tayler Ploshehanski, 33, left, works with line cook Tyler Damiani, 27, during the dinner service at Wherewithall at 3472 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: WTTW/Kathleen Hinkel

A Day in the Life of a Fine Dining Restaurant

Daniel Hautzinger

What does it take to make a fine dining restaurant run smoothly—especially one like Avondale's Wherewithall, where the menu changes every week? A creative and organized chef de cuisine and multitasking general manager, for one. 
Boxes of produce like potatoes, carrots, onions, and tomoatoes

What is Community-Supported Agriculture? We’ve Got an Explanation – And A List of Chicago Farm Shares.

Meredith Francis

Community-supported agriculture is a “mutually beneficial relationship” between the farmer and the consumer that allows a person to buy a share of a local farmer's product. We've got an explanation of how it works, along with a list of some of the CSAs that serve the Chicago area.
An up-close shot of several pretzels

With New Gnarly Knots Location Set to Open in Lombard This Summer, The Stuffed Pretzel is Still the ‘Star’

Meredith Francis

Chicagoland pretzel enthusiasts, take note. Gnarly Knots Pretzel Company is moving to a larger space in Lombard this summer, and their stuffed pretzels are still the main event.
A man holding saffron in his palm.

Meet the Chicago Saffron Company that Supports Afghan Farmers

Meredith Francis

Chicago-based Heray Spice works with a farmers' co-op in Afghanistan to support Afghan farmers while providing quality saffron to chefs and at-home cooks in the United States. CEO and co-founder Mohammad Salehi talks about his love for saffron and some of the challenges his company has faced since the Taliban took control of his home country last year.
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