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Congrats Tastemaker Winners, Spring 2010 Odd Pairs

It just keeps getting better! Thanks to all who participated and helped during our Spring 2010 Odd Pairs. Please support our Tastemakers: Goose Island, L2O, Glazed Donuts Chicago, Ineeka Tea, Swim Cafe, Das Foods, Great Taste Cafe and Ginger Bliss. A very special congratulations to the winning pair of Odd Pairs, FIG Catering and Beyond the Shaker! And we all love the guy who had the hardest job, Chef Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions, our judge for the evening. Also, please check out our amazing photographer, Doug Bening, as well as the musical group Golosa. Stay tuned because the Summer Odd Pairs is closer than you think…

Beyond the Shaker and FIG Catering reacting to the news that they were chosen as the winners of the Tastemaker Award for their creation at Spring 2010 Odd Pairs.

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Chef Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions

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Odd Pairs Menu | Spring 2010

sambar spiced vada with coconut chutney and green tea served with green tea beer.
Glazed Donuts Chicago and Ineeka Tea


springtime carrot soup with trio of salted marshmallow “croutons” – roasted garlic shallot, ginger wasabi lemongrass, and bacon fumee de sel.
FIG Catering & Beyond The Shaker

caramelized onion shortbread topped with fontina, bacon, chili & pecan caramels, spicy red cabbage slaw and black lava salt.
Swim Cafe & Das Foods

skewered pieces of quitan – a new quinoa-based protein food with ginger bbq sauce.
Great Taste Cafe & Ginger Bliss

beer deconstruction: goose island granita with shaved black lime, sweet citrus emulsion and edible flowers from chef’s garden • triple distilled goose island “green line” mist • cinnamon and citrus-infused hot wort tea.
Goose Island & L20 Restaurant

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Tastemakers: The Next Generation

These are your new Tasemakers... and they dreamed up some of the oddest pairs imaginable!

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NEXT Odd Pairs – Friday, March 26th 2010

What a success was the Fall Odd Pairs. A big thanks to all who participated, especially our sponsor, Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions. And a big congratulations to Chef Ruth and Desiree of Simone’s Bar and Dominic of Sonoma Farms for winning the Taste-Maker Award!

Ok, mark you’re calendars NOW, because the next Odd Pairs is going to be bigger, better and a serious Taste-Maker throwdown! Friday, March 26th, 2010.

And stay tuned for photos, news and direct any of your Taste-Making friends or colleagues to this page to submit.

Chef Ruth and Desiree of Simone's Bar reacting to the news that with Sonoma Farms, they won the Taste-Maker Award.

Chef Ruth and Desiree of Simone's Bar reacting to the news that with Sonoma Farms, they won the Taste-Maker Award.

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Odd Pairs Menu – October 23rd

domain dupage french country ale braised dietzler farms short ribs, sweet potato mash, seedling apple cider reduction, onion frizzles
City Provisions and Two Brothers Brewing Company

raspberry fig pie with hazelnut streusel and chocolate honey buzz mead
Sugarkist Pies and Wild Blossom Meadery

black bean and banana empanada with blood orange infused olive oil
Simone’s and Sonoma Farms

smoked brisket slider with fig earl grey preserves
Goddess and Grocer and Rare Bird Preserves

pear brandy& ginger liqueur cocktail with a cinnamon sugar rimmed glass
Koval Distillery and The Crafted Cocktail

brasil fazenda cachoeira coffee paired with wisconsin brun-uusto cheese
Crop To Cup Coffee Co. & Provenance Food and Wine

coffee and cinnamon crumble bread pudding with caramel drizzle
BEAN&BODY & Sweet Misgiving’s Bakery

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Next Odd Pairs – October 23rd, 2009!

Odd Pairs is an event to highlight local businesses in Chicago that are doing original and unique things. The event, hosted by Chicago’s Crop to Cup Coffee Company and Bean and Body, features strange, yet succulent combinations of local flavors, served up socially. We headline chefs on the edge, pushing the envelope on flavor, talent and skill in tandem with  sustainability and green practices guiding their businesses.

Our next Odd Pairs is Friday, October 23rd and our headliner is Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions. Stay tuned for a complete list of participants and menu. If you are a local Chicago business and would like to collaborate with Odd Pairs, see the Submit Odd Pairs tab above.

Odd Pairs Agenda – Friday, October 23rd

5:00pm – 6:00pm  Taste-Maker setup

6:30pm – 7:00pm  VIP and press welcome

7:00pm  Open to invitees

7:00pm – 9:00pm  Music by I Monelli

8:00pm  Taste-Maker Presentation and audience-choice for Best Singular Dish

9:00pm  Judges pick for best Odd Pair: Taste-Maker award

At our loft office, 2023 West Carroll Ave. Ste. 401  Chicago, IL 60622

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