Julia Thiel
Julia Thiel

Julia Thiel

I've worked at the Reader since 2007 and have been a staff writer since 2010. I write Key Ingredient, a chef-to-chef recipe challenge that won a James Beard award in 2011, and Cocktail Challenge (a similar ingredient challenge for bartenders). In addition to reviewing restaurants and bars, I write about local beer, spirits, and cocktails. Most of my articles focus on booze or food, from Illinois's first farm distillery to why Chicago's food truck scene is stalled. I also like to document my personal failures, like getting lost on a bike ride to the Indiana Dunes or making mozzarella that could double as a SuperBall. Semicolons are my favorite punctuation mark.

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A fond farewell to geoducks and other memorable Key Ingredients A fond farewell to geoducks and other memorable Key Ingredients Goodbye natto, and balut, and durian. August 16, 2018
The Cocktail Challenge hall of fame The Cocktail Challenge hall of fame Not even pig's blood or stinkbugs daunted our intrepid mixologists. August 16, 2018
Morning Art: Francine Turk Morning Art: Francine Turk September 18, 2009
Rescued from near extinction, a rare heirloom pepper is slowly making a comeback Rescued from near extinction, a rare heirloom pepper is slowly making a comeback It took the Beaver Dam pepper 100 years to make its way from Hungary to Wisconsin to Chicago—but it's finally becoming more common. November 17, 2015
An endangered piece of history beneath Lake Michigan's surface An endangered piece of history beneath Lake Michigan's surface The shipwreck of the Silver Spray has rested a stone's throw from the Hyde Park shoreline for nearly 100 years—but it may not be around for much longer. February 27, 2013
Take a chill ride to northwest Indiana—and its two dozen breweries Take a chill ride to northwest Indiana—and its two dozen breweries A 20-mile ride takes you to plenty of refreshment—and you can take the train back. June 22, 2018

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