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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 PM

New Gluten-free Standouts in Chicago Restaurants

Gluten-free is much more than the foodie buzzword it's been made out to be, and when Chicago restaurants and bakeries walk the walk in addition to talking the talk, they prove that gluten-free deserves the same recognization as any dish on any menu. Much more than an afterthought to appease the occasional gluten-intolerant, more and Summer House Santa Monica are two places honing in on their gluten-free efforts, offering an impressive array of gluten-free items that prove the versatility of foods made sans gluten. They also happen to be so delicious that you'd hardly be able to tell the difference, which is the cherry atop the cupcake.

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(Gluten-free cupcakes — and one gluten-full cupcake lower left — from more)

Less Gluten is More at more

"We didn't want to do gluten-free cupcakes until we had the formula just perfect," says Patty Rothman, owner of Chicago's chicest cupcake boutique, more. The fastidious cupcake maven worked tirelessly to ensure she developed the perfect recipe for gluten-free cupcakes, contriving a precise mixture of gluten-free flours that would hold up and make for a delicious, enriching, and decadent cupcake. Cliche as it may sound, you'd never know the difference between the gluten-free varieties and the gluten-full cupcakes. They look just as elegant as the originals, marked by more's innate ability to bake an incredible amount of decadence into a fist-sized cake. more's brand new gluten-free line is as decadent and stunning as ever. From their signature "more" cupcake, a Hostess-inspired creation with cream filling, chocolate icing, and a drizzle that spells out the word "more" on top, to red velvet and chocolate-chocolate, more's gluten-free roster is prime for eating. The only thing noticeably different is the gluten-free cupcakes are decorated with dots in one way or another. For instance, the gluten-free red velvet has a red dot on top, while the signature "more" is followed by an ellipses... Less gluten really is more at more.

California Chic Gluten-Free Cuisine at Summer House Santa Monica Restaurant

Gluten-free cuisine is paramount at Summer House Santa Monica, a splash of California sunshine in the heart of Lincoln Park. Helmed by chef Jeff Mahin, the restaurant prides itself on California-inspired cuisine crafted with Midwestern ingredients and affections. By appealing to a wide swath of clientele, this means curating a thoughtful, thorough gluten-free program. The restaurant offers an entire gluten-free menu, ranging from vegetables and seafood to tacos, steaks, pasta, and sandwiches. Notable standouts include the gluten-free bread served with fresh Burrata or as the foundation for sandwiches such as a French dip, a double-decker turkey burger, and a wood-grilled hamburger. Gluten-free pasta is particularly impressive, available bedecked with fennel sausage, broccoli rabe, and toasted garlic; or with forest mushrooms, truffles, and chicken brown butter brodo. In front of the restaurant, at the makeshift bakery area, there's a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie that would make Cookie Monster fawn.

Neighborhoods: Rush & DivisionLincoln Park

The Gold Coast cupcake shop offers more than 30 rotating gourmet-style treats like ganache-filled chocolate, passion fruit poppyseed, pink grapefruit and creme brulee. Award-winning pastry chef Gale Gand is consulting...

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