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Taste of Melrose Park, September 1-3, 2017

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    Post #1 - September 1st, 2017, 9:43 am
    Post #1 - September 1st, 2017, 9:43 am Post #1 - September 1st, 2017, 9:43 am
    Taste of Melrose Park, September 1-3, 2017

    Taste of Melrose Park starts today. Vendors are mostly local households who make their family favorite foods and present them to their neighbors once a year. We're talking Louis Ariola's Artichoke Salad, Cervone's Homemade Cannoli, and Mama D's Braciole. Plus nuns make sfingi. Everything $3 or less.

    Somewhat disturbingly, it looks like Sicilianos are making mac n ' cheese this year rather than fried bologna sandwiches. I weep.

    More information here: http://www.melrosepark.org/36th-annual- ... ember-1-3/
    “We all have to stand before the kitchen gods.” Chef Jacob Sahaya Kumar Aruni
  • Post #2 - September 1st, 2017, 10:58 am
    Post #2 - September 1st, 2017, 10:58 am Post #2 - September 1st, 2017, 10:58 am
    David Hammond wrote:Somewhat disturbingly, it looks like Sicilianos are making mac n ' cheese this year rather than fried bologna sandwiches. I weep.


    Between that, and the disappearance of the monkey, I'm afraid the apocalypse is nigh.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #3 - September 1st, 2017, 1:26 pm
    Post #3 - September 1st, 2017, 1:26 pm Post #3 - September 1st, 2017, 1:26 pm
    It's true. Fried bologna is taking a year off, and we are serving mac n' cheese this year. Easier to do some of the prep work at home, and less at the booth. My health has been hit or miss over the past few years and I have had to miss time, so it is easier for my family this way in some aspects.

    However, we also do this for the fun of it and we don't have a restaurant. So, after a decade of bologna, we also just wanted to mix it up a bit. I would like to think my family does more than one thing well. We shall see. Either way, we are fortunate to have no rain in the forecast and the sfingi will still be here.

    If it helps at all, we already put down deposit for next year as fried bologna again. No promises on the monkey.
    There's always room for fried bologna. - d4v3
  • Post #4 - September 1st, 2017, 3:22 pm
    Post #4 - September 1st, 2017, 3:22 pm Post #4 - September 1st, 2017, 3:22 pm
    3 hours and counting! This is one of the very best festivals in Chicago.
  • Post #5 - September 1st, 2017, 4:41 pm
    Post #5 - September 1st, 2017, 4:41 pm Post #5 - September 1st, 2017, 4:41 pm
    Wish you guys would stop bringing up the monkey. It's a rather sore topic. I still have his picture in my office and fond memories of the night we met, me holding him, he frantically, furiously digging into my pockets for food or more drugs. We had an understanding. Every year I go back to ToMP, hoping to see my monkey there, but apparently it is not to be (Peggy DiFazio, event organizer, told me that they had to discontinue that attraction as he was freaking out the kids. Snowflakes!). Sniff.
    “We all have to stand before the kitchen gods.” Chef Jacob Sahaya Kumar Aruni
  • Post #6 - September 1st, 2017, 4:57 pm
    Post #6 - September 1st, 2017, 4:57 pm Post #6 - September 1st, 2017, 4:57 pm
    David Hammond wrote:Wish you guys would stop bringing up the monkey. It's a rather sore topic. I still have his picture in my office and fond memories of the night we met, me holding him, he frantically, furiously digging into my pockets for food or more drugs. We had an understanding. Every year I go back to ToMP, hoping to see my monkey there, but apparently it is not to be (Peggy DiFazio, event organizer, told me that they had to discontinue that attraction as he was freaking out the kids. Snowflakes!). Sniff.



    I haven't shaved in a couple days, I can go rifling through your pockets if it will help. :)
  • Post #7 - September 1st, 2017, 9:20 pm
    Post #7 - September 1st, 2017, 9:20 pm Post #7 - September 1st, 2017, 9:20 pm
    Oh Man! Thanks for the heads-up!
  • Post #8 - September 2nd, 2017, 11:53 am
    Post #8 - September 2nd, 2017, 11:53 am Post #8 - September 2nd, 2017, 11:53 am
    The artichoke casserole was the best I've had in years; a new brand of artichoke is being used.

    The winner for me of the entire place was the ceviche, clean bright flavor and a mix of the red and green salsas were just right.
  • Post #9 - September 5th, 2017, 10:16 am
    Post #9 - September 5th, 2017, 10:16 am Post #9 - September 5th, 2017, 10:16 am
    We weren't able to make it over to the ToMP, but were close enough on a rooftop in Forest Park to see the tops of the fireworks on Sunday evening. Very cool.
    -Mary

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