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Watch one NYC food blogger describe what he calls “Modern Midwestern Cuisine”

November 3rd 01:11pm, 2011

110311_videoNext Wednesday, Niche‘s Gerard Craft will be joining Justin Aprahamian of Sanford in Milwaukee; Michael Bulkowski of Revolver in Findlay, Ohio; Josh Adams of June in Peoria, Ill.; and Bruce Sherman of North Pond in Chicago; for a farm-to-table dinner at Sherman’s North Pond. While this is a small roll call of renowned regional chefs, the most interesting part of this dinner may not be the meal itself but the meaning behind it. How so? New York blogger and author Steve Plotnicki is offering up an intriguing (if somewhat ambiguous) answer to Grub Street Chicago.

Plotnicki believes these five individuals represent a group of young chefs who are returning to their hometowns after working in some of the best kitchens in America to open up their own farm-to-table restaurants. The result, he said, is dishes that are more “full flavored” and a cuisine that’s less “cheffy” than that found in restaurants on the coasts.

While Craft doesn’t quite fall into the category of those returning to their hometowns to open up restaurants all their own (He grew up in D.C.), it’s still interesting to hear how Plotnicki speaks of this new Midwestern category of cuisine. Want proof? Watch him (somewhat) explain it here.

For the full menu of next week’s dinner, click here. Oh, and just in case you’re inspired enough to take the trip over to The Windy City on a Wednesday and pay $120 per seat, you can make your reservation for the dinner by calling North Pond at 773.477.5845.

By Stacy Schultz

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One Response to “Watch one NYC food blogger describe what he calls “Modern Midwestern Cuisine””

  1. Laurel Says:
    November 3rd, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Too bad Wes Johnson wasnt doing this?

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