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News: Azalea, Gusto, A New Recipe Site, ICR, Tacos

Happy New Year from Locally Grown.  Five days off the word wagon has made a few digits around the LG compound a little lazy, lethargic, and in need of sme loosening.  This morning will hopefully knock some of that carbon out of the exhaust as we (me and my thumbs) take a ride down the mobile blogging highway.

[For those of you who have been following my constant battle with my “smart phone” for the last several months, I have finally upgraded from a MyTouch to a Samsung Epic 4g.  The switch should allow more frequent posting, better comment reply times, and more whatever it is that getsz done around these parts.]

Ok, not really mobile right now, just don’t want to get out of bed and go upstairs.  So now, straight from my slumber sled to your eye holes comes….

                The Wednesday/Monday News

This week will see the closing of local foodie favorite Azalea, which has been serving up worldly-inspired New Southern Cuisine for the last four years in its grandiose location in the historic Kirkwood building at 4th and Walnut.  Originally opened by faded local star chef Jeremy Morrow, Azalea flourished during the presidential election season, garnering acclaim from local food writers as well as national recognition from the New York Times and the Washington Post.  Chef Morrow jumped ship early in the game leaving his business partner Mike Hutchison (also of Star Bar) and Sous Chef Sean Wilson holding the reins.  Chef Wilson took advantage of the situation, using his new position to expand and hone his already considerable kitchen chops.  In 2010 Wilson’s efforts began a new turning of the heads of local food critics with ambitious dishes and a refined, chef driven cocktail menu, but the flailing national economy took quite a toll on business, as it did in many finer dining establishments over the course of the past two years.  Yes, Azalea will be gone after this week taking with it many memories, but we will not be losing Sean Wilson.  A new re-branded restaurant will be taking its place sometime this year.  You can find more news about Azalea here as the story unfolds.

-Gusto Pizza (Ingersoll Square, MLK & Ingersoll Ave, DMZ) will be opening on the 24th of this month in Ingersoll Square.  Gusto is the resurrected body of the Tony Lemmo (Owner, Cafe Di Scala) venture Frank’s Pizza formerly located in Dogtown. With a facelift, new location, and some additions to the already great Frank’s menu, Gusto Pizza will be a great addition to the growing Ingersoll Dining Scene. 

-Voting is still open for CityView’s best of the DMZ.  Make your voice be heard, locavores!  I am sure more than a few category winners will incite some sort of rant up in here.

-Big City Burgers And Greens is doing well in the former Battani’s space in Capitol Square (5th & Walnut, DMZ).  In fact, I may go there for lunch today.

-Seitanic Feast ( www.seitanicfeast.com ), the kind-of-long awaited Vegan and Vegetarian recipe web site helmed by yours truly, The Cook®, willl be officially launching on 1/11/11.  SF will teach you new techniques for Veg cooking, give insight on Veg lifestyle, and will be open to recipe requests (and possibly submisions) from readers.  I look forward to assisting you in your cooking journey.

-A group of local chefs has banded together to form a new collective, the Iowa Culinary Review.  Their purpose: to bring you REAL FOOD NEWS AND OPINION from a group of real food professionals who live the life every day.  Expect to hear from these men and women sometime in the very near future.

-The Tacopocalypse is BACK!  I will be serving my famed Vegan Chorizo and Braised Pork tacos at the Cumming Tap in beautiful Cumming Iowa this coming Tuesday, January 11.  Come cop a feel of my taco thunder beginning at 5pm.

That is the news for (two days ago)today.  Now get out there and Rep Local!

The Cook.


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Can’t wait for Gusto to open up! I’ve missed Frank’s hard.

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[…] UDPATE: Azalea’s is closed. A new “concept” restaurant will go in its place. Too bad. It was a great place for a downtown happy hour. According to the voice mail, it will reopen as a new “concept” restaurant. This blog also has some details: https://locallygrown.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/news-azalea-gusto-a-new-recipe-site-icr-tacos/ […]

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