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  • This Week In Joe’s Basement, episode 05: Cooking By Committee

    This Week In Joe’s Basement, episode 05: Cooking By Committee

    Sporting a trim haircut and a new T-shirt, Joe is disillusioned with hosting the show, and threatens to quit. Suddenly, Mark Audrain arrives with a surprise birthday cake. This triggers a retelling of the cake’s creation: Mark cooked it himself, with his assistant, the lovely Penelope. Every few minutes Mark’s evil twin interrupts the memory, laughing and hitting himself with broccoli. Penelope multiplies into eight or ten scruffy guys, who make a total mess of the kitchen. Anticipating David Lynch’s Lost Highway, Mark suddenly becomes Paul Birchall, who’s no tidier. What Penelope pulls out of the oven doesn’t even resemble a cake. Thankfully, Joe dumps it in the trash when Mark isn’t looking.AIR DATES:  January 2, 12, 23, 1990 Continue reading

  • [Chicago Slices raw: Fish Tales In Oakbrook]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Fish Tales In Oakbrook]

    HYATT REGENCY in OAKBROOK: Skip Blumberg interviews with TOM CARVALHO, Sous Chef, about his job and love of food. Skip first interviewed him at L. Isaacson and Stein Fish Co., Inc Continue reading

  • Hail to the Cook

    Hail to the Cook

    This color film lavishes praise on the cooks and pastry chefs of the Empire Room at the Palmer House, and was written and narrated by Studs Terkel. Continue reading