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Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you […]

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Dec 12, 2017 11:36 PM
Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM
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

Where to Eat on National Eat Local Day

For some, eating locally is nothing novel, but rather a way of life. But there are still many Americans who don't subscribe to local eating, not experiencing the bounty of ingredients in their own backyards. In an effort to put locally sourced fare in the spotlight, National Eat Local Day was created by Prairie Grass Cafe's Sarah Stegner and Cindy Kurman of Kurman Communications, Inc. The holiday takes place every fall equinox, which this year falls on September 22, serving to encourage restaurants to offer at least one locally sourced menu item for the day. The roster of participating chefs includes national names such as Alice Waters (Chez Panisse, Berkeley), Nora Pouillon (Restaurant Nora, Washington, D.C.), Jamie Leeds (Hank's Oyster Bar and Lounge, Washington, D.C.), and Norman Van Aken (Tuyo, Miami), in addition to Chicago chefs Mark Grosz (Oceanique), Paul Fehribach (Big Jones), Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill and Topolobampo), and Stegner and George Bumbaris (Prairie Grass Cafe).


Each restaurant will offer special menu items for National Eat Local Day. Big Jones' offering is fried green tomatoes with baby lettuces, aïoli, and deviled egg puree. Oceanique features eggplant with heirloom carrots and tomatoes, seasonal mushrooms, Tropea onions, and leek-basil broth; as well as fennel, arugula, Tropea onion, and peach salad. Rick Bayless prepares a plethora of dishes, including grill-roasted corn with homemade sour cream, Anejo cheese, and chile; and chicken in Oaxacan mole with local vegetables and masa dumplings at Frontera Grill, plus ensalada clasica, lamb three ways, and Borracha salsa at Topolobampo. And at Prairie Grass Cafe, Stegner and Bumbaris will serve heirloom cherry tomato and bread salad; a salad of green and wax beans; homemade lamb sausage with grilled honey-glazed heirloom pumpkins; Lake Superior whitefish; and for dessert, warm plum crumble with oats and creme anglaise.


Prairie Grass Cafe lamb sausage
(Homemade lamb sausage at Prairie Grass Cafe)


 


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

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Coastal Southern cuisine gets an update in Andersonville with potato-herb croquettes and sweet-tea infused pork chops, plus a focus on locally grown, sustainably-farmed food. Big Jones' recipes: Reezy-peezy Southern-style pickles...

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Award-winning chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, formerly of the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, showcase the best seasonal ingredients from Midwestern farms in their casual American restaurant in Northbrook. Prairie Grass Cafe's...

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