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Friday, September 29, 2023

Timothy Penick

Timothy Penick is a classically trained sommelier and writes about food,drink and wine from Naperville, Ill.

Emerging Markets – Grilling & farming local fare

Changing tastes changing accents Naperville’s secret sauce has merged from humble farm beginnings into a melting pot of exotic foodstuffs and locally-sourced specialties. The selection...

Somm-o-logue – Going beyond Napa

Before the 1970’s, California wine was considered table wine and of poor quality. The famous Judgment of Paris in 1976 changed the wine paradigm...

Somm-o-logue – Careme let’s them eat cake

Marie Antoine Careme greatly influenced the Grand Cuisine. He is one of the most important French chefs and lived 1784 - 1833. Careme is named...

Somm-o-logue – Choking confusion

Sunchokes are one of my favorite titillating tubers. Indigenous to North America, they are crunchy, white in flesh and are excellent sauteed or raw in...

Eat and drink local this February

Let’s celebrate February with some delicious food for thought. Or you literally could say, “Eat your heart out.” The tables are set, the special menus...

Somm–o–logue – Expressing espresso

Espresso relatively (or literally?) means fast. Its technology and service as a beverage was initially advanced to minimize factory workers coffee break-time. Coffee breaks were...

Zombie Dust hops to Heaven on Seven

Nearly a hundred patrons weathered the cold for a chance to taste cult beers from Three Floyds Brewery at Heaven on Seven Naperville, Tuesday...

Somm-o-logue – Martin(i)ez legend

Naperville has a love affair with vigorously-shaken supercold-neutrally-flavored vodka martinis served with olives. It's the cocktail of choice at wedding receptions, galas and many...

Somm-o-logue – Apple butter for cocktails

The following recipe for Oktoberfest Apple Butter took me several attempts and years to perfect. I like to use many apple varieties in the...

Somm-o-logue – Italian grapes in America

I love Italian wines. The French put the snobbery in wine and the Italians put the love into it. Honestly, I do think the...
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