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Our stories, Our people, Our Village

Volume 13 Issue 5

September & October 2017


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POST Forest Park, Illinois

The Forest Park Post is published by 34 Publishing, Inc.© and distributed free of charge in the Village of Forest Park. All materials, articles, photographs and illustrations are property of 34 Publishing, Inc.© and cannot be duplicated or used in any fashion without express written consent. 34 Publishing Inc. is not responsible for the content, opinions, advertisements or any other materials expressed within.

Amy Rita, Publisher Staff Writers: Mary Win Connor Andrew Cox Bob Cox Peter Gianakopoulos Arlene Jarzab Terry Keshner Billy Lombardo Woody Mosgers Nello Rubio Jessica Sclafini Kathy Sullivan Amy Turilli

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McGaffer's Raises Money For Best Buddies RBHS Following golf outing, back to McGaffer's Beer Garden (7737 W. Roosevelt Rd. Forest Park) for an 2.5 hr Open Bar & BBQ Dinner $80 per golfer 20 foursomes max Cash prizes for closest to the Pin & Longest Drive T-shirts & Hats Hole Sponsorship available $100 benefitting Best Buddies program at RBHS Contact Chubbs at 708.692.3524

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Reaching Back, Building Forward by Terry Keshner

“These are age-old techniques,” Kunkel, who owns The Urban Pioneer Group with his wife Sheila, says, “that unfortunately are getting lost in the shuffle. We try to bring these processes back to culture and show folks how easy it is.”

“Long story short, we’re trying to reclaim culture.”

“It’s important to release our inner passions which happens to be creation of whatever type,” Kunkel, who also works in IT, explains with the sincerity and depth of someone who works with his hands and dreams with heart.

Tom Kunkel, a lifelong area resident, stands on the roof of The Urban Pioneer Group at 7503 West Madison on a sunny day and looks into the inviting skyline. He talks about the past, and what the future can take from it.

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“This began in our driveway about three years ago, making tables. We built a lodge in the back of our house. People have seen the lodge and wanted a lodge of their own and we built a few. And now this space opened up and we’ve decided to go fullthrottle.” “Getting our hands dirty and re-crafting things, whether it’s organ pipes made into lights or church pews into benches, it’s making new things out of old products.”

The Urban Pioneer Group also makes sausage, salami, wine and other products and teaches others how to do the same.

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“We reclaim material… timbers out of churches, barns and factories. We make flooring, we also make tables, barn doors and all kinds of knick-knacks, wine racks and what-not and love to teach folks how to do that.” “A lot of industry is coming down, and there is age-old timbers that are irreplaceable that could go to the landfill or they could go into beautiful products. So that’s our hope.”

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A walk through The Urban Pioneer Group is essentially journeying through a living museum. Old wood, forgotten instruments and other

broken bits of yesterday are given a new purpose.

and being able to construct,” Kunkel says.

The stairs are made of old timbers that came out of the Grand Lighting and Staging Company. Those stairs descend into the basement where Kunkel and his crew are turning old bowling lanes into tables and bowling pins are transforming into lights. Drums and guitars also get repurposed.

And he’s in the right spot. “There’s a ton of creativity in this area. Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park have always been an enclave for folks who are a little progressive. It’s really become an interesting Mecca for creative people.”

For Tom Kunkel and other urban pioneers old stuff is never a dead end. Birdhouses, desks, coat racks and seemingly anything can emerge from the junk pile with a little imagination and a lot of sweat. And through the classes he offers and the passion he shares, Kunkel hopes more people will start seeing it the same way. “I think there’s a huge opportunity for folks who are creative and passionate about working with their hands

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Your Local Grocer by Andrew Cox

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Many of my articles discuss small businesses, and why they're critical to our smalltown commerce. The closing of Ultra Foods and the withstanding of Ed's Way is a great example of family owned local businesses thriving . I think that the shift in our eating will come about when grocers go back to locally sourced foods and less over-produced high volume marketed products. This could be me just lauding for yesteryear. However, I do feel that Forest Park could be a hallmark for progressive small grocers because of the diverse demographic in our community, and why not? 6

First, healthy food is available for everyone, not just those with wealth. The margin for quality food access can lessen if small grocers were able to develop business ties with food distributors from locally sourced areas. When I say locally sourced, I don't mean the neighborhood community garden. Although that would be a wonderful place to start educating local citizens to eat well from their own backyard practically. Basically, in this case, locally sourced means within a set radius that decreases the amount of transportation expenses from the producer to the grocer. Saving resources on food delivery, means less of a cost for the consumer. What makes Forest Park an excellent location to begin this shift in food? Our town is nestled within a diverse range of communities with different incomes, and the location is prime for a change to take place that is accessible to all those different areas. As a community we can market to organizations who value small businesses and grocers who source locally. The cost

will be driven down as more places can sustain having locally sourced foods, and more people can get quality food meaning a more healthy population. This is critical in a generation where the Millenials life expectancy is longer, and there are statistics showing that the US will have an increasingly aged population over the next 50 years. This means that we need to be healthy to live happily as we age! Now, with a food-chain closing like Ultra Foods, and Ed's Way standing strong, it shows that small locally owned businesses can thrive for years to come. What we can do as a small-town is keep supporting our local grocer, and we can create opportunities for food stores to come into town that follow the model for locally sustained foods. This can create a greater chance for healthy outcomes within our community. The health of our community begins with our food. Shop local, eat local, and we can have a healthy population for this generation and the next. As always feedback to coxandrew89@yahoo.com

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Chicago Producers

by Jessica Sclafini

If you ever walk down Madison Street, you’ve probably noticed a new store front that has tv’s and a really cool fish tank and thought, what is that place? I wondered the same thing. So, I sat down with one of the owners of Chicago Producers to get the scoop; Bill Vala.

While I don’t have the time to talk about everything they do, here is a small part of their business. They create anything from logos, print collateral to websites, as well as photo and videos services. But what does that mean exactly? If you are starting a business, Chicago Producers can be your one stop shop for your communication tools. They will design and print your business collateral, design and develop your website and take photos or produce a video which are all necessary to brand and market your business. One really cool thing they do as well is product photography. You just bring your product into their store and they will photograph (yes! they have a 20’x 30’ studio in the back which is awesome! Meaning, they have all the lighting and necessary equipment to make your product look amazing.), design and print your catalogue and have it in a nice retail ready

He along with partner, Michael Bambacht started Chicago Producers in 1997 in a basement in Wicker Park. Having IT backgrounds, Bill decided to pick up a camera and try to make a go at doing things they enjoyed. Live music. They began full video production for bands and quickly realized this wasn’t enough to make a living. They decided to go after big business finding out the communication needs of clients and fulfilling those needs. They thought about what they actually do. The answer being, producing, so they named the business package for you! The best part? They have a quick turnaround! Chicago Producers. Who doesn’t want everything Bill focuses mainly on yesterday? They have worked photography, video and web with many specialty items such development while Mike as humidors, medical scales, handles all the print sales, tennis shoes and some pretty cd and DVD duplication and impressive businesses to do their promotional videos. They promotional items. offer unique printing options

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your old VHS tapes transferred to DVD or digital files. If you have old or damaged photos, they will restore and reprint them. If you are looking to create CD’s of a photo montage for weddings, birthday, anniversaries, or memorials these are your guys. No job is too big or too small! Chicago Producers is located at 7507 Madison St. Stop by, say hi and welcome them to our neighborhood! For more information visit their website chicagoproducers.com or give them a call at 312-2266900.

enjoy what they do, in turn, making the process a whole lot easier for you! They are not just limited to businesses either. They have plenty of consumer business as well. Chicago Producers storefront in Forest Park is a welcome environment to get

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Walking To School Safety Tips • Leave early enough to arrive at school at least 10 minutes prior to the start of school. • Use the same route every day and never use shortcuts. • Go straight home after school. Do not go anywhere else without permission. • Always use public sidewalks and streets when walking to school. • Demonstrate traffic safety awareness and pick the safest route between your home and the school and practice walking it with your children. • Try and walk to school with other students. There is strength in numbers. • Teach your children to recognize and obey traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings.

• Only cross streets at designated crosswalks, street corners and traffic controlled intersections. • Always look both ways before crossing the street and never enter streets from between obstacles like parked cars, shrubbery, signs, etc. • Always walk and never run across intersections. • Avoid talking to strangers. Teach your children to get distance between themselves and anyone who tries to approach or make contact with them. • If a stranger does approach your child, make sure they know to immediately report the incident to you or a teacher. • Teach your children to never get into a vehicle with anyone, even if they know them, without your permission.

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Reality Check On Aisle 5 by Mary Win Connor

justifiable homicide is on the the tension in her neck and horizon. shoulders disappears and the thought of the peace and quiet I don’t know when the tradition awaiting her at home is a balm of pictures on the first day of to her soul. No child ever school started. Back in the olden days when we walked five miles uphill both ways in all kinds of weather to get to school, our mothers fed us PopTarts, made sure we had our mandated supplies and shoved us out the door. At least they were honest about wanting the freedom to drink leisurely coffee and watch This is the time of year when something other than cartoons social media is flooded with in the morning. pictures of kids sporting backpacks and eyerolls Time for the old lady rant that ended up in prison or joined standing in front of home has become a mainstay of ISIS because they didn’t have or school. The moms who my pieces in this publication: their picture taken every year post these pictures express I think social media is on the first day of school. I’m shock that another summer responsible for a lot of the not saying that acknowledging has flown by so quickly and pressure to be the perfect mom. the peace felt by the parents lament that they are bereft It has become the daily version who are turning their children at the loss of their darling of the annoying Christmas over to the teacher in August is offspring for six hours a day. letter. All the posts about Reality check time. Once said how their perfect children are kids have settled into their perfect compliments to their desks and pulled out their perfect family life. It’s all part superhero notebooks, Mom of the competition to be the goes home to dance around best parents of the best children the house in her underwear ever. And it’s all a false front. and RayBans to old Bob As one of my friends once Seger tunes. The freedom of said, “Anyone who tells you the next four months stretches they grew up in a family like out like summer did to the Beaver Cleaver’s grew up way kids in June. more dysfunctional then you can ever imagine.” Why not One of my favorite Back to just admit that the kid with the School ads was from an office violin that mom is touting as supply chain a few years ago. the next Yo-Yo Ma, is the same It showed a man practically one that gave up on soccer, dancing through the aisles baseball and every other thing while “The Most Wonderful he was forced to try in order to Time of the Year” played in spend the summer on his Xbox? the background. It ended with This kid’s real dream is of a the words “Back to School” career as a video game tester over a still shot of two kids and we all know the violin will looking very unhappy. I be gathering dust in a corner loved it because it showed before Christmas break. Then the reality of how parents feel mom can stop denying that by late August. One more once that kid’s back disappears whine of, “I’m bored,” and through the school door all 10

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going to result in world peace but it can’t hurt. Yeah I know, the constant competition for Mom of the

Year on Facebook and Twitter will never really end but I have dream that someday we moms will be judged for the content of our children’s character rather than their ability to look good on the first day of school.


Proviso Pie 2017 by Bob Cox

our sophomores will experience schooling as the first to be enrolled in our College and Career Readiness Academies. Last year, sophomore students registered for various programs of study within either the Business and Human Services Academy, the Arts and Communications Academy, or the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Academy. I look forward to every student being able to experience a smaller learning community that supports their personal passions and creates better pathways to their college and career aspirations.

“One Proviso” … How do you get there? Positive leadership is an essential characteristic in the practice of civil responsibility and an essential component necessary in building both public trust and public engagement. Here is an exemplary and unprecedented leadership letter from Dr. Patrick Hardy, Principal of Proviso East High School. It is an unedited Fall 2017 back to school overview and in it’s entirety for Proviso East students, parents, and Proviso community members including Forest Park residents to read, understand and to support. Dear Proviso East Parents and Community, As principal of Proviso East High School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to another year of anticipated growth and transformation. We are extremely excited to begin the next part of our school’s journey with you, and we look forward to our classrooms and hallways being filled with the energy and enthusiasm that only students can bring. This year, Proviso East will begin the first phase of an important part of our journey which started when we had the honor of being selected to participate in the State of Illinois’ Competency-Based, High School Graduation Requirements Pilot Program. Competency-Based Education means learning is personalized and focuses on specific and clear competencies. Students only advance when they have demonstrated mastery of those competencies, and students receive timely support when they need it. This means the “one size fits all” instruction that has failed our students for so long will soon be gone. Some students will experience a variety of new strategies in the sixteen classrooms that have been chosen to go first. The learning we acquire from these sixteen classrooms will be applied to 9th grade classrooms next year as we expand. This year, another part of our transformational journey takes an additional step forward as our freshmen will enter Proviso East as members of the Freshman Academy and

This year, we will continue our efforts to fully establish an Action Team for Partnerships. The Action Team for Partnerships (ATP) includes parents, teachers, administrators, and community members and is focused on developing and implementing activities for parent and family engagement that promotes student success. The ATP intentionally structures its activities so that they align with the school’s goals to bring about improved student achievement. I am hopeful that parents and community members will see this as an opportunity to fully participate in the transformation process taking place at Proviso East High School This year is a year of continued transformation at Proviso East High School. The initiatives described above are only three of several that we are undertaking in order to remove the “business as usual” mindsets that have contributed to the failures we have experienced for years. Every parent and community member can help us by doing the simple things like: 1) ensure students attend school daily and on time 2) make sure students comply with school and district rules, 3) encourage a positive attitude that helps students be ready to learn every day, 4) not ever accepting failure from students. I understand that failure is a powerful part of learning; however, we cannot allow our students to stay in failure. Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Proviso East High School, and I am looking forward to a year of success and victory. Sincerely, Patrick Hardy, D.Min. Help bring value to a quality education experience at Proviso East. Sound educational leadership is desirable and Proviso East students are as deserving as any student body in order to navigate their futures, careers, lifelong learning and success in life. I have been saying ,” Know thine high school” …to find out more from educational leader Dr. Hardy and “One Proviso “go online at www.pths209.org. This is leadership for student success for the now and for the future. This is not your parent’s or grandparent’s high school. Thank you Dr. Hardy. What can I(we) do to help?

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Ask The Plant Expert by Scott McAdam Jr.

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Debunking an Overwintering Fertilizer Myth We are fast approaching the date on the calendar—October 15th is a good rule of thumb—when you should treat your lawn with an overwintering fertilizer. Now, first things first: let’s cover what those numbers on the fertilizer bag stand for. They correspond, respectively, to the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in the fertilizer. Here’s where you need to be wary of a myth that in order to “overwinter” your lawn with fertilizer to improve heartiness over the winter, you need to apply a fertilizer that is higher in concentration of phosphorus and potassium.

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Maybe that’s true if you’re in Phoenix or Miami, because only warm season grasses benefit from this approach. But it’s certainly not true for our climate here in the Chicago area. Instead, our cool season grasses, such as bluegrass, require high concentrations of nitrogen to overwinter the turf. To properly overwinter your lawn, my recommendation is that you use fertilizer with a ratio of 25-0-3 or 25-5-5 (remember, that’s for nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, respectively). As always, properly read the label and follow the application instructions and rates. Should you have any concerns or if you notice any changes in your landscape, please contact the professionals at McAdam Landscaping to assist you with your needs. McAdam Landscaping is located at 2001 Des Plaines Ave. in Forest Park. Phone: 708-771-2299. For more tips and information about the company’s range of services, visit www. mcadamlandscaping.com. For information, and hours, of the McAdam Nursery & Garden Center, call 708-771-4903. On social media: http://www.houzz.com/pro/mcadamlandscape/ www.facebook.com/McAdamLandscaping www.twitter.com/McAdamLandscape Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com

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Weddings Unfiltered by Jessica Sclafini You just got engaged! It’s exciting, but planning a wedding is really f*cking hard, stressful, and emotional. It takes time, organization, and help from people who know what they’re doing. Lucky for you, I’m a former wedding planner, and I know what I’m doing. I haven’t sugarcoated anything. Instead, I’ve written great tips because everyone deserves the wedding of their dreams. You’re all probably thinking you can just search the Internet on any wedding-planning topic and get information. Sure you can; but, a million sites will pop-up on a million things that you didn’t even know existed. Sorting through is not as easy as it sounds. I’ve condensed everything you need to know and should want to know to get you started with the planning process in this little, easy-to-read book. I’ve outlined what you should do each month from the moment you get engaged until the moment you walk down the aisle. Each chapter concludes with a chapter checklist to keep you on track and organized! I’ve shared some personal stories that occurred throughout my career. You are not alone in this process and you are not crazy…you’ll see! With a bit of humor, sarcasm, and a whole lot of brutal honesty, I will show you how to keep wedding planning light-hearted and fun. That’s what this time of your life should be! Just read the reviews below! “The most helpful wedding planning guide I’ve ever read!” – The one girl who read it “Bold, spicy, and hilariously helpful!” – My friends “Can’t stop reading and staring at the author’s picture!” – My Mom “Wildly funny and the best gift for any new bride!” – Erin- wedding planner-that I know ABOUT THE AUTHOR With over 10 years of wedding-planning experience, Jessica Sclafini has not only planned hundreds of weddings, but she’s probably stood-up in just as many. Jessica feels her knowledge of the wedding business can guide clients in the right direction. She’s compiled a tremendous amount of helpful information that, at this point, has become second nature to her. Her tips will not only save the betrothed couple money, but will help them maintain their sanity along the way. Oddly enough, Jessica has never been married, and it’s definitely not in her near future. Growing-up in a large Italian family, however, has given her the strength to patiently deal with all different types of personalities: the good, the bad, and the crazy. Jessica can calm any engaged couple, and she hopes her insight is helpful and entertaining to all. Jessica is also a writer for The Forest Park Post.

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Eat Well - Live Well by Andrew Cox

dairy, etc. You could probably survive off of this alone surprisingly enough . And, with the threat of a zombie outbreak being minimal, you have the luxury of choosing what foods to buy. Ask yourself, what aisles are a place you frequent more often, and what are must haves outside of your basics? Do you buy a lot of foods that are processed using a lot of preservatives, or do you tend towards the fresh produce and minimal ingredient foods?

For starters, check in with the amount of sweet or salty foods you eat throughout the day, as those are the main culprits for a lot of dietary issues. If you can cut-back on just one sweet or salty item a day for a week, you may find yourself feel ing better, and that is just the Healthy eating beginning of eating healthy. doesn't have to be a painsTend towards the freshly taking process or a drastic packaged food and take time change in habits. It can be to manage what snacks you something that's like drinking coffee daily. Something eat. I'm a firm believer in that you can enjoy and look snacking as eating lighter forward to with relative ease. more often is the best way to keep your metabolism up and In this article, I'll provide some practical tips for eating manage those swells of enwell on a budget including a ergy on a given day. simple way to check ingre Next, make an hondients on your items. Let's est evaluation of your diet, get started with what foods are your must have with each whether it fits your lifestyle or you see the need to make visit. changes. Regardless, mak A staple to every diet ing a plan for each grocery is your basics - bread, milk, visit is ideal, and, whenever and eggs - in whatever form you don't have the plan, you can fallback to knowing what you like, whether the bread be gluten free, the milk non- you buy regularly. One tip

for making a plan is to use the notes on your phone, it's simple and readily accessible. Almost everyone carries a smart-phone on them these days, so it's a great form to rely on for making a grocery list that you know you'll have on you at the store. Having a plan can help you maintain your budget and give you more personal freedom. Now, another practical thing you can do to improve your diet is check the ingredients on the food before you buy them. Checking ingredients takes about 10 seconds or less for each item you buy. If you cannot pronounce the name of the ingredient then it's probably something that is not great for you to eat. Most companies list ingredients beginning with what they use most in the product, to what they use least. Keep this in mind if you have any food sensitivities or you're trying to eliminate certain chemicals from your diet. You'd be surprised by what is allowed to be put in foods processed with preservatives, and, as ominous as that sounds, that is a hard truth about the current state of our food industry. There is hope in the present state of food purchasing, and it can come from the shift from purchasing through large chains to going back to local grocers like Forest Park's own Ed's Way. Tune into my other article in this issue of the Post about the closing of Ultra Foods and why this is a good thing for our town. As always feedback to coxandrew89@yahoo.com

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Woody’s Whine "Honey, Dinner's Cold!"

by Woody Mosgers woodywine@aol.com

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma Well it’s begun, no not the harvest that started the middle of August and is next Whines topic, no it’s visitors. We had three couples come calling within ten days of each other less than a month ago and we had to feed two of the three, the secret is we served the same meal twice, mostly because it was so really good and the second time it was really easy – and really good. Hint when you come by don’t ask if anyone else has been here recently. I get the “you’re always in the kitchen when people come by” song all the time, funny then why don’t we order out, so I wanted to make a complete meal that was all done ahead of time and served cold so we could sit out on the deck with the friends and eat and drink wine together. The menu was a success 20

and really is a tasty way to go. For the appetizer I did Crab and Avocado Toasts, salad was Tomato’s Marinated in EVOO with herbs and then surf and turf, Salmon Fillet Marinated in EV Olive Oil, Tarragon and Mustard along with slices of Beef Sirloin Roast with a Garlic, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper and Fennel Rub. “Chocolate” was my answer when the “What can we bring?” question comes up. And speaking of rubs, mine is space. My sparking verbiage is limited to about 1,000 words and since I still have a few hundred words to share regards my experience at the very recent “Wine & Weed Symposium” there just isn’t space for all the recipes. The salmon fits and I’m also including the tomato recipe, let’s see what my mean old editor let’s stay. I ask you to visit the web site www.woodythewineguy. com in September to see the Whine in color and the full recipe list.

Tomato’s Marinated in EVOO with Herbs So simple so good. Yield: 6 servings Ingredients • 6 to 8 ripe tomatoes, I used standard reds cut into bit-size along with some small heirlooms for color and texture • 4 green onions • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 3 to 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar • 2 tablespoons brown sugar • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • Handful fresh parsley leaves, lightly chopped • 12 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade Directions Cut the tomatoes into 4 wedges, then cut the wedges in half and add to a bowl. Lop off the tops of the green onions then slice the white and mostly light green parts really thin. Add to the tomatoes. Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar, dash of salt and pepper to a small bowl and whisk to blend. Pour the dressing over the tomatoes and toss. Add the herbs and gently toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving

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Salmon Fillet Marinated in EV Olive Oil, Tarragon, Mustard and Shallot The salmon is so good and even better after a day or two and makes great leftovers and a nice lunch salad with a bit of mayo and mustard. I suggest a Costco trip to get a good large skinless piece, you won’t be sorry. Ingredients • 1 1/4 cups extra-virgin olive oil • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced • 1/4 cup chopped Dill or Tarragon, dried is fine but use a bit less • Kosher salt • Freshly ground pepper • One 4 1/4-pound salmon fillet with/without skin • 1/4 cup sour cream • 1/8 cup whole-grain mustard or to taste • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice • 2 tablespoons WW/rice vinegar

vinegar and remaining 1/4 cup of oil; season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate the sauce until chilled, about 15 minutes. 3. Light a low heat grill for indirect cooking, coals to one side and soak some cherry wood chips. Season salmon with salt and pepper. When coals have turned grey and burned down to lower heat, drain and place chips on coals. Season with salt and pepper, then slide the salmon onto cool side of grill and cover grill with air holes in top over fish, try for temp about 225/250 degrees. Allow fish to roast in smoke and low heat for about 10 minutes, I like a bit of pink in the center, remove and cover with foil. Break in to pieces and serve. Even better if chilled overnight and served cold or at room temperature. OR

4. Preheat the broiler and position a rack 6 inches from the heat. Scrape the marinade off the salmon and transfer it skin side down to another large rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Instructions Broil the salmon for about 8-10 minutes, until an 1. In a bowl, whisk 1 cup of the oil with the shallot instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest and dill; season with salt and pepper. Pour twopart of the fillet registers 125 degrees; Let the thirds of the marinade onto a rimmed baking sheet; salmon rest for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a add the salmon skin side up. Spread the remaining platter. Serve with the mustard sauce. The mustard marinade over the skin. Cover. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 sauce can be refrigerated overnight. hours. Drink: A bright flavored Pinot Noir with some cherry fruit is great with the salmon and a bit of smoke and 2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the sour mustard, I’m hungry. cream with the mustard, lemon zest, lemon juice, More Woody's Whine on page 23. Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com

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More Woody's Whine continued from page 21.

The Business Side of Wine and Weed by Woody Mosgers

I very recently spent some real money and most of a day at a very well run seminar and trade show highlighting the quasi relationship to wine & weed. As I listened to what I perceived as some pretty smart cannabis people talk about the regulatory and perception problems they face in California I learned that being legal probably will put as much as 70% of the current cannabis growers out of business - really as the legal and permitting process is a steep and slippery slope and yet to be fully defined. A state senator says, “We’re making parts for the plane as we fly it.”

weed and needs to be very careful since wine is fully regulated by the feds - not so much for the weed folks.

Topical note; story in the paper this morning about a grower being raided by some obscure county agency, with guns drawn to supposedly check on whether the growers water source was legal, after the grower had filed paperwork with the county for all the permits and so forth to do business, legally. They lost a potential crop worth $350,0000.

The cannabis industry will affect the wine and beer industry immediately and that affect will grow over time as people choose to take the edge off with a joint rather than a Pinot Noir or a Lagunitas and it will, over time have an impact on the cost of production and what a bottle costs you when it gets to Famous Liquors.

Assumed factoid - outside of the medical uses of cannabis, there is no other reason to consume it other than to get high. To that end I heard Claudio Miranda of Guild Enterprises says (that), “… one difference between the two products is that wine is never promoted by touting its ability to bring on inebriation nor by the types of inebriation it induces. Cannabis, on the other hand, is promoted almost exclusively in this manner”.

That’s my Whine and I could It also appears that the weed be wrong… folks have far more to gain by associating themselves with Woody Mosgers, cooks, the highly yet well-regulated caters, drinks and matches and well-accepted wine wine and food in Santa industry, than wine has to Rosa Sonoma at gain by associating itself with www.woodythewineguy.com Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com

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by Peter Gianakopoulos

The Old School Report Card his passing and is only the GRADE: A+ beginning of the opening of the vaults of thousands of unreleased works that DAVID BOWIE will probably trickle out for "Cracked Actor" CD/ decades to come. DBL LP (Parlophone) The third CD contains all the single edits and extended 12" remixes of tracks that were released from "Purple Rain" where Prince could let loose on the funk and present some more creative ventures that a long playing record of his could rarely contain outside of "1999".

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