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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

Weekend Planner: Yum Dum Dumpling Party, New Karyn's Cuisine, Tailgate Takeaways, and Outdoor Lunch

No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink while you enjoy dumplings in Chicago. Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend.

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(Scene from last year's outdoor lunch at South Water Kitchen)

Make and Eat Dumplings With Yum Dum

There's a new dumpling food truck afoot, and before it launches on March 1, Yum Dum is hosting a dumpling-making party on February 1 in celebration of the Chinese New Year. The best kinds of classes are ones where students get to work with dough and reap the rewards with their mouths. Jeff Wang will play teacher, instructing on various ways to fold dumplings. At the end of the class, attendees will enjoy a family-style meal full of dumplings. The event takes place from 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at The Garage. The cost to attend is $45 per person and guests can register here.

Karyn's on Green and Karyn's Cooked Unveil New Menu Items

No dumplings here at Chicago's preeminent vegan/raw chef Karyn Calabrese has updated her menus at Karyn's on Green and Karyn's Cooked to bolster her eclectic menus for winter. Sure things are animal product-free, but that doesn't equate to taste-free. Vibrant, imaginative menu additions at Karyn's on Green include a portabello Napoleon with herbs, cashew blue cheese, primavera sauce, and pico de gallo; a Swedish crêpe with sea vegetable cream cheese and cilantro gastrique; and Tuscan kale salad with pickled onions, kidney beans, gala apples, and maple-mustard vinaigrette. Over at Karyn's Cooked, Calabrese's older of the two restaurants, she's serving up curry vegetable salad, pasta marinara made with zucchini and walnut meatballs, and flax and corn masa empanadas with three-pepper "chorizo" filling, raw chocolate mole, and salsa verde.

The Florentine Offers Takeaway Tailgate

There's a little thing called the Super Bowl happening this weekend, and in case you're too distracted to put any effort into cooking football grub or over-ordering pizzas, The Florentine makes it easy with their take-home tailgate package. The Italian restaurant is filling baskets up with pasta salad, meatball sandwiches, housemade chips, antipasti misti, and cookies for $45 a pop. Interested parties need only call the restaurant at 312-660-8866 30 minutes prior to their preferred pick-up to enjoy a tailgate experience in the confines of their own homes.

Outdoor Lunch at South Water Kitchen

If you're not brave enough to stare hypothermia in the face, stop reading now. South Water Kitchen is poised to host its annual Outdoor Groundhog Day Lunch on February 2, an optimistic event in hopes that Groundhog Day will work to our benefit and that the weather on February 2 is not particularly murderous. The two-course lunch is to be served on the restaurant's patio regardless of the weather. Fortunately the food is hearty and warming, with entree options including a grilled vegetable sandwich with broccoli cheddar soup or a meatloaf sandwich with whipped potatoes. For dessert, a warm chocolate fudge brownie with salted caramel, toasted pecans, and vanilla ice cream. Lunch is served at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. on Febuary 2 and the cost is complimentary to all who dare. Reservations must be made by calling 312-236-9300.

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Honest Midwestern fare, prepared by a native Chicagoan executive chef Roger Waysok, we provide comfort food in the heart of Chicago at South Water Kitchen.

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Karyn Calabrese expands her vegan empire with her first spot in the West Loop, offering seasonal meatless American comfort cuisine.

This restaurant from BLT Restaurant Group, inside the JW Marriott, offers a seasonal and substantial menu of Italian-American cuisine featuring top imported Italian pastas, cheeses, salts and meats.

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