'Nduja Artisans: the Sausage Kings of Chicago

In Chicago, a father and son team are helping spread the gospel of the spreadable pork sausage, nduja. Agostino and Antonio Fiasche run their family’s restaurant in Western Chicago and their company, 'Nduja Artisans, which distributes their homemade pork sausage around the city to top restaurants and stores. Nduja is an Italian spreadable pork sausage that is sometimes called ‘pork butter’ because of its intense, spicy pork flavor and the amount of pork fat in it. The Fiasche’s are from the small part of Calabria that the sausage hails from and liken it to Spanish chorizo. 

The Fiasche's have found fans in chefs and store owners around Chicago. Read more. 

Rooftop Beehives are Keeping Chicago Restaurants Sweet

Across the the country, on city rooftops there are secret beehives. Similar to kitchen gardens, restaurants are harvesting these hives for honey to incorporate this ultra-local ingredient into their dishes. 

Chicago is a tough environment for these bees due to the frigid winters. However, since Illinois is not a big beekeeping state, the hives were not affected by colony collapse disorder like many other cities. This is when the worker bees abruptly disappear and this is affecting agriculture and restaurant menus around the world. 

Artisan Table, Harvest, and Lockwood are just some of the Chicago restaurants currently with rooftop hive or plans to install them. The honey harvested is not only being used in dishes like butternut squash soup and on various desserts but also in wheat beer recipes. Read More