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Monday Night Foodball

Party like it’s Indonesian Independence Day with Waroeng and Friends at the next Monday Night Foodball

Check out the menu of family holiday recipes on deck at the Reader’s ongoing chef pop-up series.

I’m not promising anything, but there might be a shrimp chip-eating contest at the Kedzie Inn this Monday. That’s what frequently happens on Tujuhbelasan, aka Indonesian Independence Day, the anniversary of the popular revolution that eventually kicked the Dutch out of the archipelago. What I do promise is a party fueled by the combined culinary powers of seven seasoned chefs…

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