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Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Imperial Lamian, Moscow Mules

Moscow Mules for a Good Cause Puppies and cocktails seem like a pretty win-win combination, and The Bristol combines the two for an evening of cuteness, altruism and of socialization. Moscow Mules & Mutts is the apt name for the shindig, taking place March 21 on the second floor of the restaurant from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 […]

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Mar 13, 2018 01:59 AM
Best Restaurants for Boozy Brunch in Chicago

What is brunch without a little booze? And this being winter (albeit a warmer than usual one), a little booze is always a welcome distraction from the season. When it comes to imbibing at brunch, you could stick with the coffee and orange juice route, but the weekend repast is just so much more satisfying […]

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Feb 22, 2018 10:24 PM
National Margarita Day, Arami Omakase, Mr. Brown’s Lounge

National Margarita Day at Tuco & Blondie Now here’s a food holiday we can get on board with. National Margarita Day takes place February 22, and in honor of the sacred occasion, Tuco & Blondie is celebrating with a special margarita flight. The flight contains three 4-oz. margaritas including the smoky Mezcal Margarita, the Black Cherry Margarita, […]

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Feb 16, 2018 05:58 AM

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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