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Pilot Light Announces An Unmatched Culinary Experience For Seventh Annual Feed Your Mind Gala
July 17, 2019 — Pilot Light, a not-for-profit started by award-winning Chicago chefs Jason Hammel, Paul Kahan, Justin Large and Matthias Merges, will host its seventh annual Feed Your Mind Gala on Friday, November 1 at Rockwell on the River (3057 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Plate Magazine: HaiSous’ Octopus Salad
JUN 13, 2019 — Using a whipped cream whipper with one charge (if you want aeration) or a spoon, spread a thin, even layer of coconut cream on bottom of a plate.
FORBES: Seven Essential Chicago Restaurants Every Foodie Must Try
JUNE 5, 2019 — So, you think you know Vietnamese food? The unassuming HaiSous, tucked away in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, thwarts expectations with an incredible array of culinary concoctions that showcase an innovative take on family style Vietnamese food.
AmericanWay: CHICAGO CITY GUIDE: Discover the best of the Windy City
May Issue — A more casual sibling to Thai and Danielle Dan’s Pilsen standout HaiSous, Cà Phê Dá’s lineup of specialty coffee drinks derives from the former’s family roasting operation in Vietnam—try the indulgent combination of coffee and vanilla egg custard. The coconut buns and lychee Danishes are equally impressive.
BETTER: The Best New Restaurants in Chicago Right Now
May 1, 2019 — Time Out Market: Imagine almost 50,000 square feet of epicurean delights, including 16 food stalls, three bars, demo kitchen, and a retail component over three floors, seating nearly 600 guests. This will be the neighborhood’s first food hall. Participating chefs include Thai Dang (HaiSous), Dana Salls Cree (Pretty Cool Ice Cream), Bill Kim (Urban Belly), and Jimmy Bannos, Jr. (Purple Pig, Piggy Smalls).
Craving: Appetizers, small plates and snacks — our quest for Chicago's best starters
MAY 1, 2019 — Banh la dua at HaiSous: Reinvigorate your brunch routine at HaiSous, where you’ll find relief from the typical slog of mascarpone-stuffed French toast with the thoughtful and nuanced Vietnamese fare you’d expect from this Pilsen favorite.
Chicago Tribune: Phil’s Top 50: No. 29: HaiSous, a terrific restaurant in an unlikely location
April 30, 2019 — Pilsen might not be the first neighborhood you'd scour in search of Vietnamese cuisine, but Thai and Danielle Dang could put their restaurant on the dark side of the moon, and I'd find a way to get there. Thai, the chef, turns out one memorable dish after another, helped in no small measure by Danielle's superb beverage program.
Eater Chicago: The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago
April 25, 2019 — After some time off, Thai Dang made a triumphant return to restaurant life with HaiSous. The former Embeya chef, along with his wife Danielle, showcase homey Vietnamese flavors through a host of techniques, such as clay pot cooking. The brunch menu features specialties like rice porridge with chopped clams; prawn rice crepes; noodle soups; and a Vietnamese omelet.
Eater Chicago: Tamale Vendors in Pilsen/Little Village Continually Overcome Obstacles
April 16, 2019 — Graciela Silva, also known as Doña Chela, has been rising in the predawn hours nearly every day for more than two decades to prepare her tamales, dozens each of five different kinds, for her food cart — she’s one of relatively few small-business owners in Chicago with a permit. Silva, who moved to the Pilsen neighborhood from Mexico City with her young family in 1990, turned to her love of feeding people to make a living. She learned how to cook from her mother, who came from the state of Oaxaca.
Fooditor: Chicago in a Box: The Time Out Market Food Hall
APR 5, 2019 — THE PHRASE “FOOD HALL” MOSTLY COMES FROM Harrod’s, London’s department store for the posh, and so does Didier Souillat, CEO of Time Out Market—he was in fact director of the famous Harrod’s food hall, where for generations toffs have ordered up a picnic basket of foie gras and cold grouse with a couple of bottles of Lynch-Bages to take along while roughing it.
South China Morning Post: From Vietnamese refugee to co-owner of acclaimed Chicago restaurant HaiSous
MAR 29, 2019 — Chef Thai Dang’s journey to the top has encompassed everything from heartbreak to homely Vietnamese cuisine
Chicago Tribune: Time Out Market announces first wave of food vendors, and it's an all-star, all-Chicago lineup
MAR 25, 2019 — Time Out Market Chicago, from the group behind the Time Out magazines and guides, has released the names of about half the chefs who’ll be part of its 50,000-square-foot, three-level market and cultural venue opening in the heart of Fulton Market later this year.
Time Out Chicago: Time Out Market Chicago reveals first lineup of chefs
MAR 25, 2019 — Brian Fisher, Thai Dang, the Purple Pig and more heading to Time Out Market Chicago
NANTUCKET WINE & FOOD
MAR 18, 2019 — For over twenty years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has brought distinguished winemakers and chefs together for a world-class epicurean celebration. 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, this unique setting creates the backdrop for what has become one of the most celebrated events of its kind in the world.
CBS Chicago: ‘It’s Another Cost, It’s Another Permit’; HaiSous Owners Share Costs Of Opening A Business In Chicago; ‘It Was A Whirlwind’
MAR 15, 2019 — It’s the American dream to open your own business, but it can be an expensive bureaucratic headache. CBS 2 Morning Insider Vince Gerasole walks us through the costly steps in Chicago. Their specialty is Vietnamese food, but long before HaiSous in Pilsen could warm up for the dinner crowd, owners had a lot on their plate.
WGN: Lunchbreak: Saigonese style crispy rice crepe with shrimp and bacon, lettuce and Vietnamese herbs
MAR 5, 2019 — Click for WGN’s Lunchbreak segment with Chef Thai demonstrating how to make a classic Vietnamese crispy crepe.
MS Awareness Month in Illinois
FEB 28, 2019 — Dine to End MS is a program that offers restaurant patrons the opportunity to donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society throughout the month of March, which is MS Awareness Month.
James Beard Foundation: The 2019 James Beard Award Semifinalists
FEB 27, 2019 — We're thrilled to announce our 2019 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists! Read on for the semifinalists in all categories, from Best New Restaurant to Outstanding Chef. We'll announce the final Restaurant and Chef Award nominees, as well as the nominees for our Media and Restaurant Design Awards, in Houston on Wednesday, March 27.
BEST CHEF: GREAT LAKES: THAI DANG
RESY: 15 QUESTIONS WITH HAISOUS’ THAI DANG
FEB 13, 2019 — A year out from its James Beard Awards nomination for Best New Restaurant, HaiSous is settling into its standing as a newly-minted icon of Chicago’s dining scene. Just days before Chicago Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel praised partners Thai and Danielle Dang for excellence and innovation, we caught up with chef Thai Dang on his entrepreneurial and triumphant return, philosophy on immigration, and keeping business in the family.
Time Out Chicago: Chicago Restaurant Week is extended through February 12
FEB 6, 2019 — If last week's arctic temperatures forced you to cancel your Chicago Restaurant Week reservation, it's your lucky day: The annual culinary event, which was supposed to end on Thursday, will now extend through Tuesday, February 12. That means you've got five extra days to cash in on dining deals for brunch, lunch and dinner.
Eater Chicago: Where to Eat Chicken Wings in Chicago
FEB 1, 2019 — Chicagoans love their chicken wings no matter what season. Korean, Buffalo, Caribbean, and more — there's a great variety to pluck from all across the city. There are chicken wing shacks, barbecues, and fine dining restaurants which all respect the power of the wing.
Time Out Chicago: The 35 best restaurants in Chicago you have to try
JAN 22, 2019 — Chicago's best restaurants come in many shapes and sizes, from fine dining heavyweights and chef-fueled newcomers to mom-and-pop sandwich shops and fan-favorite pizza joints. At times, it can feel like there too many great options. This belt-busting food scene shows no signs of slowing down, so we cut to the chase and ranked our essentials—the spots that belong on every Chicagoan’s short list. We call it the Time Out EAT List.
Thrillist: The Best Food City in Every State
JAN 17, 2019 — There are 50 states. All of them nifty. And each with its own unique flavor. As a site dedicated to unabashed love of food cities, we know more than most that not all cities are cut from the same culinary cloth.
ABC News: Chicago Restaurant Week 2019: Best international cooking, reservation recommendations
JAN 25, 2019 — With nearly 400 restaurants participating in Chicago Restaurant Week this year, including over 100 first-timers and 45 choices in the suburbs, there are plenty of ways for you to take advantage. One of them is experiencing some of the best international cooking in the city.
CHOOSE CHICAGO: A Food Lover’s Weekend
JAN 22, 2019 — Most Chicagoans know that the best tacos are in Pilsen, but that's not all this Latinx community has to offer. If you aren't stopping at just mom-and-pop tamales and taquerias, see if you can get in at HaiSous, a modern Vietnamese kitchen. Settle in for a cup of coffee at the Jumping Bean Cafe, hang out for Dusek's Board and Beer for brunch, or go all-in on a DIY Pilsen brewery tour.
FSR Magazine: Casual Dining is Gaining Ground
JAN 2019 — After years of hemorrhaging customers to counter-service competitors, casual-dining eateries are finding ways to adapt to changing diner expectations—investing in menu upgrades, digital ordering, and delivery, and homing in on meaningful traffic rather than deal-chasers.
CBS Chicago: Where Employees Affected By The Government Shutdown Can Find Assistance And Special Offers
JAN 17, 2019 — According to the Washington Post, almost 30,000 federal workers, live in the Chicago region. Below is a list of business and organizations offering free and discounted items and services to those impacted by the current government shutdown.
Matador Network: The best coffee shops in Chicago right now
JAN 16, 2019 WHEN YOU THINK of a great city for coffee in the US, it’s likely that Seattle or San Francisco is the first to come to mind. Chicago is probably not on that list for you, but it should be. The City of Big Shoulders has actually been a major player on the coffee scene for a long time, with some excellent coffee shops and boutique roasters producing some superb gourmet coffees.
Eater Chicago: 16 Stellar All-Day Cafes in Chicago
JAN 16, 2019 — Some days, there’s nothing better than finding a spot to hunker down for the whole day — a spot to drink coffee, get work done, do a little reading, and even hang out for dinner with a glass of wine or beer. The following Chicago cafes are perfect for exactly that, open for breakfast and lunch with exceptional coffee programs and a welcoming atmosphere to comfortably hang out for drinks and dinner when the sun sets.
Book Club Chicago: Free Groceries, Meals Available For Furloughed Government Employees During Shutdown
JAN 14, 2019 — Furloughed government workers affected by the record-breaking government shutdown can get free and discounted food this week.
HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen in Pilsen and its sister restaurant, Cà Phê Đá, are offering specials to furloughed federal workers as the government enters its 24th day of the shutdown, according to a news release.
Eater Chicago: The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2019
JAN 8, 2019 ― It’s time to update the Eater 38, the answer to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and collectively satisfies all restaurant needs.
Time Out Chicago: Chicago Restaurant Week
JAN 8, 2019 ― Open wide! Chicago Restaurant Week is back with 395 eateries offering dining deals from January 25 through February 7. For 14 belt-busting days, Chicagoans can cash in on special prix-fixe menus for brunch and lunch ($24) and dinner ($36–$48).
DINING OUT CHICAGO: In the Kitchen with Thai Dang from HaiSous
JAN 2019 ― The Chicago food scene is booming with a plethora of Italian, Mexican, and American bistros popping up. When was the last time you took a culinary trip to Vietnam though? The cuisine is rich in color, flavor, and, in the case of chef Thai Dang’s food, also rich in history!
MODERN LUXURY: Chicago City Guide 2019
PILSEN ― An entry point for German, Irish and Bohemian immigrants since the mid-19th century, the Pilsen neighborhood has cultivated a vital ethnic flavor savored through its outstanding cuisine, refined architecture and vibrant cultural history.
CS Magazine: Winner’s Circle
JAN/FEB 2019 ― Ahead of this year’s Jean Banchet Awards, past winners dish on what winning meant to them and what followed.