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• New York based-food blog Grub Street shut down all of its regional satellites including Grub Street Chicago.

• The bourbon shortage is bad, says Buffalo Trace, via Chuck Cowdery.

• Mennonites were the first to produce Chihuahua cheese in northern Mexico, says Eating the World

• Chicagoist features Paul Virant’s recipe for pickled spring onions.

• The Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance is holding an heirloom recipes contest.

• Louisa Chu runs down some of the region’s classic diner specials.