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Chicago's Very Own Eats

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From long-time favorites to newly opened locations, Italian beef joints to pizza places, burritos to sushi…‘Chicago’s Very Own Eats’ celebrates a WIDE range of food and restaurants in the greater Chicagoland area.

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United States

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WGN Radio

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From long-time favorites to newly opened locations, Italian beef joints to pizza places, burritos to sushi…‘Chicago’s Very Own Eats’ celebrates a WIDE range of food and restaurants in the greater Chicagoland area.

Language:

English


Episodes

Chicago’s best burgers according to the Chicago Burger Bible

2/15/2024
While Chicago prides itself on pizza and Italian beef, it’s also home to some of the best burger joints in the country. Chronicling Chicago’s best burgers is Samantha Esposito with her Chicago Burger Bible Instagram page and website. (Samantha Esposito / Chicago Burger Bible) Samantha joins Kevin Powell and Michael Piff on the Chicago’s Very […]

Duration:00:17:29

From their kitchen to yours, the story of Chicago Pepper Bros.

2/1/2024
What’s as “Chicago” as Italian Beef, deep dish and tavern style pizza? Giardiniera. And if you love giardiniera, there’s a home grown business with a recipe that tops Kevin Powell’s list of favorites. Kevin and Michael Piff talk with Chicago Pepper Bros. owner Thomas Romano on the Chicago’s Very Own Eats podcast. They talk about […]

Duration:00:16:42

Catching up on holiday eats and what to look forward to

1/9/2024
Kevin Powell and Michael Piff from the Chicago’s Very Own Eats podcast kickoff 2024, first by catching on how they celebrated the holidays and more importantly…what they had to eat. Kevin talks about his visit to RPM and Club Lucky, while Michael shares his experience introducing his daughter to Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Lou […]

Duration:00:18:52

Pizza, Beer and Italian Beef: Catching up with John Carruthers from Crust Fund Pizza

12/14/2023
John Carruthers has been very busy since Kevin Powell and Michael Piff last talked to him on Chicago’s Very Own Eats. The Crust Fund Pizza proprietor continues to make and sell pizzas for Chicago area causes from his alley. He competed on Chopped and represented Chicago tavern style pizza very well. He participated in Steve […]

Duration:00:19:02

How Kevin Powell and Michael Piff celebrate Thanksgiving

11/16/2023
The podcast for Chicago food lovers is back in time to talk about the holiday for food lovers. To commemorate their 50th episode of the Chicago’s Very Own Eats podcast, hosts Kevin Powell and Michael Piff share their Thanksgiving traditions, the unique foods their families enjoy, favorite sides, favorite pies, and whether they are for […]

Duration:00:13:34

How the Lou Malnati’s x Portillo’s Italian Beef Deep Dish pizza happened with Marc Malnati

10/13/2023
To kickoff National Pizza Month properly, Lou Malnati’s and Portillo’s teamed up again to bring back the Lou Malnati’s x Portillo’s Italian Beef Deep Dish pizza. Lou Malnati’s owner and chairman Marc Malnati joins Kevin Powell and Michael Piff on the Chicago’s Very Own Eats podcast to talk about how the collaboration between the two […]

Duration:00:10:16

The winner of the 2023 Chicago’s Best Wings Tournament is…

10/12/2023
The goal of the 2023 Chicago’s Best Wings Tournament was to promote local businesses in and around Chicago, and we had 32 of them that competed over the past month. Our competitors were chosen by Chicago’s Very Own Eats hosts Kevin Powell and Michael Piff, various wings enthusiasts on the WGN Radio staff, and WGN […]

Duration:00:07:55

Chicago Pizza Summit 2023: Pizza for everyone!

9/28/2023
Chicago’s original pizza festival makes its return on October 15th! The Chicago Pizza Summit began in 2016 as a way to bring pizza lovers from the world’s greatest pizza city together and to celebrate different styles and brands from across the area. Between 2016 and 2019, the Pizza Summit grew and evolved…like the community that […]

Duration:00:15:27

Billy Zureikat’s Chicago Bears Pizza Squares: Some good tavern-style fun

9/14/2023
Friend of the Chicago’s Very Own Eats podcast and home cook Billy Zureikat joins Kevin Powell and Michael Piff to discuss his latest project that football fans and pizza lovers will enjoy. Each week of the Bears’ season, Billy is making a tavern style pizza that is inspired by the city or state that their […]

Duration:00:22:00

The next Chicago’s Very Own Eats food tournament is…

8/28/2023
After the success of the Pizza Madness Tournament in the Spring and the Best Beef Tourney in the summer, Kevin Powell and Michael Piff wanted to come up with the perfect food tournament for the fall. This time around, we’re spotlighting the best WINGS in and around Chicago! As many of you know, they go […]

Duration:00:09:58

Celebrate and learn about Chicago pizza with Steve Dolinsky

8/16/2023
If you listen to the Chicago’s Very Own Eats podcast with Kevin Powell and Michael Piff, then you probably love eating and talking about pizza too. There are few people who know more about, or have eaten more pizza than NBC Chicago food reporter and 13-time James Beard Award-winner Steve Dolinsky. Steve joins Kevin and […]

Duration:00:17:27

What we’re grilling and where to eat around Lollapalooza

8/3/2023
The start of August signifies two things in Chicago: Lollapalooza and the heart of grilling season. You may have heard of Wild Fork already, as locations are popping up all around the greater Chicagoland area. But what you might not know is what sets Wild Fork apart from other grocery stores, butchers and specialty retailers. […]

Duration:00:11:32

Our favorite wing places for National Chicken Wing Day

7/27/2023
As we finally move on from a very successful Chicago’s Best Beef Tournament, Kevin Powell and Michael Piff discuss another one of their favorite topics: WINGS! National Chicken Wing Day is July 29th, so Kevin and Michael reminisce about some of their favorite wing experiences and the places they recommend you order from this Saturday […]

Duration:00:15:48

The winner of the 2023 Chicago’s Best Beef Tournament is…

7/20/2023
The inaugural Chicago’s Best Beef Tournament, sponsored by Turano Baking Company, started with 16 competitors. 4 weeks and more than 150,000 votes later, we have our 2023 champion. Jay’s Beef and Buona squared off in the championship, with almost TRIPLE the amount of votes that were made in our Chicago Pizza Madness Championship. Kevin Powell […]

Duration:00:13:15

‘The Bear’ Season 2: A love letter to Chicago food

7/6/2023
Don’t worry. This is a spoiler-free discussion, in case you aren’t caught up on ‘The Bear’ yet. One of the big reasons Kevin Powell and Michael Piff launched their 2023 Chicago’s Best Beef Tournament (sponsored by the Turano Baking Company) was because it coincided with the release of FX’s ‘The Bear’ Season 2. After giving […]

Duration:00:15:44

Chicago’s Best Beef Tourney begins and the best reason locals should go to Navy Pier

6/22/2023
The 2023 Chicago’s Best Beef Tournament has begun and the votes are already rolling in. Michael Piff lists out the matchups with Kevin Powell on the latest episode of Chicago’s Very Own Eats podcast before a great conversation with one of the competitors. Mario Ferraro from Ciccio, located at Navy Pier, is an accomplished, 2nd-generation […]

Duration:00:15:45

The ‘greatest hits’ of Chicago food, Billy Zureikat brings his to Monday Night Foodball

6/15/2023
Back in February, home cook Billy Zureikat joined Kevin Powell and Michael Piff on the Chicago’s Very Own Eats podcast to talk about his collaborations with some of the city’s most iconic restaurants, all while living with muscular dystrophy. On Monday, June 19th, “Tripping Billy” brings his greatest hits to the Chicago Reader’s ‘Monday Night […]

Duration:00:28:30

Chicago wins big at 2023 James Beard Awards

6/8/2023
In case you weren’t already aware, Chicagoans aren’t the only ones who love Chicago food. Chicago was host to the 2023 James Beard Awards at the Lyric Opera House on Monday, and the city was well-represented with nominees and winners. Chicago Tribune food critic (and unofficial third host of the Chicago’s Very Own Eats podcast) […]

Duration:00:25:27

The 77 Flavors of Chicago podcast and the best way to celebrate National Italian Beef Day

5/25/2023
Is there anything more “Chicago” than Italian beef? Chicago’s Very Own Eats hosts Kevin Powell and Michael Piff are joined by Sara Faddah and Dario Durham of the 77 Flavors of Chicago podcast to get ready for National Italian Beef Day! Sara and Dario tell their story, how they met and how the podcast came […]

Duration:00:19:32

Piece Pizzeria & Brewery: One of Chicago’s best at both

5/18/2023
In a world that loves to debate deep dish vs. tavern style thin crust, Piece Pizzeria & Brewery brings New Haven style to the party…and we’re glad they did. Owner Bill Jacobs came by the WGN Radio studios with Piece pizza and their award-winning beer, and sat down with Chicago’s Very Own Eats hosts Kevin […]

Duration:00:21:55