We’re blessed to live in a food destination. People from across the country travel to our area to indulge their foodie obsessions. Some recent examples spring to mind.

This summer while picking up a rental car in San Francisco the counter agent, noting that I was from the Chicago area, talked about fulfilling a bucket list trip to our neck of the woods. The guy waxed poetically about Chicago-style hot dogs, deep dish pizza and Garrett Popcorn. Last month a chef friend came up from Texas on a scouting trip to check out some of the hottest restaurants in the West Loop. He returned home with his brain brimming with new taste sensations he couldn’t wait to share with his staff. This summer Barrington Schools offered a cooking class to grade school kids who gained exposure to the culinary arts. The students even engaged in a Junior Top Chef-styled cupcake competition much to the delight of parents and teachers who judged the kid’s efforts.

In this issue—our annual homage to the Foodies in our midst—we celebrate the work of local chefs, including three right here in SW Lake County who are pushing taste boundaries with exciting menus. Read about what’s happening at Farmhouse on North (celebrating its third anniversary in Barrington), ZIN Gastropub (who just celebrated their second anniversary in Lake Zurich) and Poke Burrito (newly opened in Deer Park).

We also look at the local beer scene. We’re enjoying a beer renaissance with so many microbreweries providing an amazing array of styles all handcrafted from the same basic ingredients—water, grain, yeast and hops—but with notable twists to slack even the meanest thirst. If you agree that “beer is food”, you’ll want to sink your teeth into this article.

If something on these pages whets your appetite, be sure to head out soon to taste for yourself.

See you around town!


Michael Beightol, Publisher

ON THE COVER With colors bursting from fresh ingredients, Poke Burrito brings a taste of Hawaii to SW Lake County.