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Eight Wild New Foie Gras Creations in Chicago

With its equal-parts proclivity for both savory and sweet applications, foie gras is one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen, a sentiment that Chicago chefs and pastry chefs have taken to heart in recent years. Band of Bohemia: Affectionately nicknamed the “foie-sicle,” the foie gras fudgesicle at Band of Bohemia may very well be […]

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Aug 16, 2017 11:43 PM
Weekly Planner: Flight of Sake Air & Water Show

Celebrate accordingly with a flight of sake A flight of drinks makes perfect sense for the Air & Water Show, taking place the weekend of August 19 and 20. So make your way to Joy District to celebrate accordingly with a flight of sake. On both days, the River North bar and restaurant is featuring $20 sake […]

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Aug 15, 2017 04:31 AM
Weekly Planner: Spiaggia Hosts Ferragosto

Spiaggia Hosts Ferragosto One of the best, most lavish events of the summer is back in action August 15, as Spiaggia hosts its annual Ferragosto affair at Oak Street Beach. Spiaggia Hosts Ferragosto From 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Chicago’s venerable Italian mainstay celebrates the timeworn Italian holiday of Ferragosto, the beginning of the summer holiday, marked […]

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Aug 12, 2017 07:37 PM

Brunch Bites: New Brunch Menu at Standard Market Grill and Coffee Cocktails at Trenchermen Restaurant

In this week's batch of brunch bites, a market-sourced Lincoln Park eatery rolls out a new brunch program, and an innovating restaurant implements coffee cocktails.


"This little piggy goes to market" takes on entirely new meaning when you're pigging out at Standard Market Grill, the new Lincoln Park restaurant sourcing its wares from Standard Market in Westmont. The eatery has expanded its weekend brunch menu, serving an array of eclectic, globe-hopping dishes in a fast-casual environment. Perfect for those who are fast and casual and hungover. Executive chef Brian Wright leads the charge on everything from Belgian waffles and rotating omelettes to brunch burgers, morning glory pizzas, and chicken and waffles. Drown your boozy sorrows in Standard Market Grill's fruit-infused water bar, or with some Stumptown coffee, OR if you're feeling particularly devil-may-care, splurge on a milkshake! It's the weekend. It doesn't matter.

See Chef Brian and The Food Dude in the Park


Trenchermen restaurant is always whipping up crafty new brunch innovations, and their latest is a new coffee cocktail mixed by "minister of libations" (his title, not mine — I'm not badass enough) Tona Palomino. Served in tandem with the coffee featured as part of the restaurant's guest roaster series, the limited quantity coffeetail utilizes the same coffee in a slightly more intoxicating interpretation. For the rest of September, Trenchermen features Counter Culture's Ndarioni coffee from Kenya. Palomino combines the cold-brew coffee with cassis, Napoleon Mandarine, and mezcal, and it's available seven days a week at the bar, as well as during Saturday and Sunday brunch. Coming up next month: Metric coffee from forthcoming Cafe Transit. Stay tuned.


Banana and pecan brioche French toast
(Banana and pecan brioche French toast at Standard Market Grill. Yes. Photo: Standard Market Grill)

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Formerly known as Trenchermen, Heisler Hospitality have morphed their Bucktown staple into Trench. Borrowing a page from American tavern lore, the hospitality group have honed in on contemporary American cuisine...

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Standard Market Grill is a celebration of food, featuring an eclectic variety of chef-inspired cuisine in our sophisticated yet casual environment. Each dish is made-to-order with fresh, seasonal ingredients. At...

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