100 episodes

Food and health podcast by Chicago Tribune Food & Dining reporter Louisa Chu and WBEZ Food & Health reporter Monica Eng.

Chewing Chicago Tribune's Louisa Chu and WBEZ's Monica Eng

    • Arts
    • 4.6 • 67 Ratings

Food and health podcast by Chicago Tribune Food & Dining reporter Louisa Chu and WBEZ Food & Health reporter Monica Eng.

    Episode 100: Catherine Lambrecht, Abra Berens, County Fair Foods

    Episode 100: Catherine Lambrecht, Abra Berens, County Fair Foods

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 99: Chinese Zongzi, Peter Engler, Krakatoa Hot Chips

    Episode 99: Chinese Zongzi, Peter Engler, Krakatoa Hot Chips

    • 51 min
    Episode 98: Steve Dolinsky, Paula Camp, 80s Restaurants

    Episode 98: Steve Dolinsky, Paula Camp, 80s Restaurants

    Chewing podcast co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk to hungry hound Steve Dolinsky, author of the upcoming book “The Ultimate Chicago Pizza Guide: A History of Squares & Slices in the Windy City.” Then they’re joined by former Chicago Tribune restaurant critic, now a cider maker / owner of Carriage House Ciders and trans woman, Paula Camp. Then they play a pop food quiz on 80s restaurants in Chicago.

    • 48 min
    Episode 97: Steven Raichlen, Top Chef Gregory Gourdet, giardiniera

    Episode 97: Steven Raichlen, Top Chef Gregory Gourdet, giardiniera

    Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng talks about chef Gregory Gourdet, author of “Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health.” Then from the live Twitch stream, she and co-host Louisa Chu talk to barbecue guru Steven Raichlen about his new book “How to Grill Vegetables: The New Bible for Barbecuing Vegetables Over Live Fire.” Then Monica dares Louisa to eat giardiniera straight out of the jar, but Will She Eat It?

    • 50 min
    Episode 96: Buona Beefless, Jacoby Cochran, Barry Estabrook, Chicago all-in-one hot dog sauce

    Episode 96: Buona Beefless, Jacoby Cochran, Barry Estabrook, Chicago all-in-one hot dog sauce

    Chewing podcast co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk to Jimmy Buona about the new Italian Beefless sandwich, City Cast Chicago host Jacoby Cochran about South Side vegan food, author Barry Estabrook about his new book “Just Eat: One Reporter's Quest for a Weight-Loss Regimen that Works,” and Big Fork founder Lance Avery about his new Chicago Sauce that blends all the toppings of a Chicago-style hot dog into one bottle.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 95: Tomato Bliss, Regional hot dogs, Coney sauces

    Episode 95: Tomato Bliss, Regional hot dogs, Coney sauces

    Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng talks to Tomato Bliss. Then from the Chewing Twitch Monica and co-host Louisa Chu talk hot dogs with Chicago Tribune food reporter Nick Kindelsperger and author / Coney dog expert T.M. Goeglein. And Monica dares Louisa to taste beef heart hot dog Coney sauces, but Will She Eat It?

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

Harris Chrisson ,

OMG RESURRECTED?!

I cannot believe this podcast has existed for years and I never knew! I loved Chewing the Fat and thought it simply ended. Loved it so much I went back to listen to the Lunar New Year episode, and did a specific search for the episode in which you tasted international potato chip flavors. Thats when I found Chewing! So thrilled to hear you two together again, talking about my favorite topic: food. Keep up the great work!!!

K Ess ,

Better show notes!

I live the show, I just wish I could click on the show notes to see the topics and, more importantly, see the names of restaurants/ products that are discussed.

crannible ,

Funny intentionally/unintentionally

I liked the trip interview because it highlighted for me the rivalry, real or staged, between Monica and Louisa. Monica, confident, flirty, with a habit of lingering on the gross or funky aspects of food and eating. Tough but with a with a fragile ego. Louisa, disciplined, authoritative and pedantic about Chinese food, with a bit of an older sister, critical attitude towards Monica. They are both eccentric and kinda cheap - which is funny and charming. Good local podcast that has real substance.

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