Food & Drink

Monday Night Foodball

Meet your new fungal overlords when Sauce and Bread Kitchen, 18th Street Distillery, and Fernet Fungo play the next Monday Night Foodball

Check out Mike Bancroft and Anne Kostroski’s shroom-dominant menu at the Reader’s weekly chef pop-up at Ludlow Liquors.

“I see the mycelium as the Earth’s natural Internet,” wrote mycologist Paul Stamets. “A consciousness with which we might be able to communicate.”  Yeah, that’s also kind of how a figurative fungal network operated when Sauce and Bread Kitchen’s Mike Bancroft infused an Italian-style amaro with shitake mushrooms and gave Drew Fox a taste. Invisible threads stretched through the ether…

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The Reader’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

Locally available items and gift ideas handpicked by Reader staff, from stepping and skate classes to handmade accessories and clothing, plus books, records, and more.

We all know Chicago is a food town! But senior writer Mike Sula, with decades of Reader eats under his fingertips, brings depth whether writing about Chicago faves or hidden gastro gems. Every Friday he delivers exclusive highlights and reviews of some of Chicago’s best restaurants and chefs. This free weekly newsletter comes hot off the grill with coveted Chicago food coverage you won’t want to miss.

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