Author Archives: EMAY

World Town: Global Eats in Chicago

World Town: Chicago is a carefully curated guide to eating (and shopping) the best of international cuisine in Chicago. With 64 profiles of restaurants spanning Korean to Peruvian, West Roger’s Park to Bridgeview, grocers categorized by culture, and more. This book was the natural evolution of a “secret” list of spots that Eric has kept […]
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Food 2016

In my Top 10 food list last year I warned that the 2016 edition might consist of nothing more than baby food recipes. The little guy just started eating in November, and I can sum up the past month of infant cookery for you real quick: I puree cooked vegetables, so far he likes sweet […]
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Feelings 2016

This is a piece about male feelings. I just want to note that I am confronting a normative masculine paradigm that is traditionally cis-defined. My suggestions for a new “masculinity” are meant to be spectrum-inclusive. The definitions of masculinity in Part 1 can also be a stand- in for a broader culture of patriarchy, which […]
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Greatness, Indianapolis 11/12/16

I was invited by my dear friends Michael Milano & Elisabeth Smith to participate in their Syntax Season project, hosting language-based art exhibitions at the PRINTtEXT periodical shop in Indianapolis. My show aligned with election week (though a few days after the big day) so I thought it would be appropriate to address issues of the […]
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A Tribute to Sonny’s (revisited)

This is an article I wrote for Proximity Magazine in 2013 for their Food & Art issue. Its never been published online and I feel like its an important moment to look back at Sonny’s. I learned this morning that Sonny just retired from working at SAIC. Sonny’s was a cafeteria owned and run by […]
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“Cure, a proposal for healing”

This summer, Roots & Culture hosted our first curatorial residency program, a three month stay for a jury- selected curator. We really lucked out with independent curator, Risa Puleo, who not only brought a thoughtful exhibition to Chicago, but also seemlessly embedded herself in our community, and happened to be quite an epicure. Risa’s show was […]
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Roots Legend

I was way overdue to throw down a reggae mix tape. The music of Jamaica has been on deck a lot this year with the 10 year celebration of my (not reggae-themed) gallery + the downbeat trot of the bass is perfect for bouncing my baby boy to rest + reggae’s themes of struggle and […]
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BUSY

Yeah, its been quiet around here. I’ve been busy cultivating this little creature: If you’re craving some food writing (and recipes) I wrote a story about regional Mexican food in Chicago for the May issue of Bon Appétit HERE. I can’t promise there will be much content for the next few months. Maybe a baby food […]
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2/28: Reggae Brunch at Roots & Culture

Sunday, February 28th, 11 AM- 2 PM At Roots & Culture 1034 N Milwaukee Ave. Join the Piranha Club for a reggae brunch celebrating Roots & Culture’s 10th Anniversary. Featuring the Jamaican rhythms of Black Dog Sound with special guest DJ History. Hopping island flavors will include curry goat Royal Pies by our buds at Pleasant […]
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Top 10 2105

I considered skipping the old Top 10 post this year, in its 8th edition. Year end lists seem to be cliché, passé, blasé, blasé at this point– folks are sick of em! There’s a lot to be sick of on the internet these days. I don’t know what your Facebook feed has looked like in […]
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