Hello, I’m Executive Chef Frank Chiaramonte, the corporate chef at Angelo Caputo’s Markets. I am a native of Chicago and a first generation Italian-American. Coming to Angelo Caputo’s has been the answer to a dream I’ve had for years. When I heard that Angelo and his family were looking for someone with great culinary vision that would take their company to the next level in prepared food offerings while still keeping it grounded in the values that you know and love Caputo’s for, I jumped at the opportunity to move my family back to Chicago and join the Angelo Caputo’s team. It’s been an exciting venture so far, and we are just getting warmed up. We have so many exciting things in the planning stage that it's all I can do just to keep a lid on it and not let some of the secrets out of the bag!
One new idea that I thought would be fun and also allow our wonderful customers and myself to become better acquainted with each other, would be to write a weekly food blog. Although food is my passion, sharing what I know (and what I’m always learning) about food is something that I particularly enjoy.
However, the hardest thing about writing a blog, as you might guess, is that once you start, your readers expect you to stick with it and produce something new on a regular basis. One thing I’ve learned since becoming the Executive Chef at Angelo Caputo’s is that things move very quickly here, and although I may have the best of intentions, there will be times when I simply won’t be able to write a blog entry and still keep things running smoothly in the kitchens. So in order to avoid big lapses in posts, I’ll be inviting other member of the Caputo's team, as well as some outside food experts and authors, to create guest blog entries on occasion.
My plan will be to use the blog to help explain cooking techniques, provide useful kitchen tips, and discuss aspects of food culture. We will also be exploring interesting new food trends when they crop up on the scene. Since this is a blog, I would encourage you to give us your feedback. We would love to hear your thoughts and perhaps answer any questions you may have about food or food preparation. Each week my staff and I will review your comments and, when feasible, respond or expand on the subject.
We hope that you enjoy this new feature of the website and I look forward to sharing my love of food and cooking!