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Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM
Chicago’s Weekly Planner: TWO’s Restaurant Royale

 TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale Get ready for a culinary smackdown for the ages, because TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale on December 13 at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio St., #100). In conjunction with Terlato Distell Artisan Spirits, the competition is a bit of restaurant […]

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Dec 08, 2017 05:44 AM
Weekly Planner: Sip & Paint Party, White Truffle Season, Half Acre Tap

White Truffle Season at Spiaggia In addition to booze and merriment, this is also the season for white truffles, one of the most coveted and opulent ingredients of the year. No better place to celebrate the mighty truffle than at Spiaggia, where chef/partner Tony Mantuano and executive chef Joe Flamm have upped the ante on […]

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Nov 30, 2017 06:09 AM

Chicago-centric Restaurant Food Films Travels to Paris

Delving further than any film has ever delved into the relationships that arise in restaurants, Open Tables is a Chicago-based independent film shot exclusively in many of the city's top restaurants and bars. The film hones in on friendships and romantic relationships that unfold at dining tables, and how in this day and age restaurants play a crucial role in urban interconnections. Director Jack C. Newell has led a cast of characters through top-tier restaurants such as Perennial Virant, Topolobampo, Sepia, Longman & Eagle, Sixteen, and many more. Now the romantic comedy has wrapped production in Chicago, and is ready to jet off to Paris to finish filming.


A film about Chicagoans falling in and out of love in restaurants would not be complete without a jaunt to Paris, a city synonymous with romance and food. While most of the production took place in Chicago, a portion is to take place in the City of Lights. The film crew heads to Paris next month, joined by local Parisian actors and crewmembers. Excpect lots more food, plenty of romance, and all the croon-worthy Parisian accents you could dream of.


Open Tables is set to hit the table in 2014, at which point it will make the independent film festival circuit.


Open Tables
(Open Tables filming at Trenchermen)

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Rick Bayless's upscale Mexican eatery is adjacent to its more toned-down sibling, Frontera Grill.

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