Latest Episodes

Episode 123: Beard drama, France mama, “The Bear” trauma
July 17, 2023

This week, we talk about the big drama behind the scenes of the James Beard awards, and if Monica won after SIX nominations this year! Then, she goes back to France to visit her football player son an

Episode 122: Top chef Stephanie Izard, puppy chow cake, viral Costco casserole
May 01, 2023

This week, Monica tells us about her whirlwind trip to Europe. Back in Chicago, Monica and Louisa visit Stephanie Izards new Little Goat Diner. Then, Monica learns about puppy chow cake from pastry c

Episode 121: Al’s Beef Chicago cheesesteak, spring break food
March 20, 2023

This week, we talk spring break and Chicago cheesesteaks. Louisa talks to Als Beef owner Chris Pacelli about Chicago cheesesteaks. Then, Monica shares her plans to visit her son in France, and our pr

Episode 120: American French food, Korean Chinese restaurants, expiration dates
February 27, 2023

This week, Monica and Louisa talk about Americans abroad! First, Monica has a conversation with her son about what hes eating in France. In contrast, she talks to restaurateur Kevin Boehm about bring

Episode 119: Monica’s new book, Do Good Chicken, Niman Ranch
February 06, 2023

This week, Monica tells us about her new book, "Made in Chicago: Stories Behind 30 Great Hometown Bites," co-written with David Hammond. Then Monica interviews former Obama White House and Chicago res

Episode 118: Lunar New Year food and Lexington Betty Smokehouse
January 16, 2023

This week, we're celebrating Lunar New Year and talking BBQ. We start off by giving some updates on holiday health scares. Then Louisa gets the story behind the Lexington Betty Smokehouse barbecue sty

Episode 117: Christkindlmarket, Feld restaurant, Omarcito’s Latin Café
December 19, 2022

This week, we're talking about holiday foods and new chefs. Monica visits the Christkindlmarket to find some fishy treats. Then she talks to TikTok chef Jake Potashnick who has plans to open a sustain

Episode 116: Thanksgiving, Little Fat Boy, Loaf Lounge
November 21, 2022

This week, we're gearing up for Thanksgiving by sharing our traditions (and disasters). Monica talks to Frankie Gaw, aka Little Fat Boy, about his first generation Taiwanese-American cookbook. Plus, s

Episode 115: Grocery Stores, Beer and Bratwurst Potato Chips
October 31, 2022

This week, Monica explains the big news about the Jewel and Mariano's grocery store merger. She also shares the new grocery report card on antibiotic policies. Then, Louisa and Monica share grocery ti

Episode 114: Publican Quality Bread, Historic Pot Pies and Oil-Fried Ghosts
October 17, 2022

This week, Monica concludes her conversation with Oprahs former personal chef Art Smith. Plus, she talks to James Beard award-winning chef Greg Wade about his debut cookbook. Louisa tells us about he