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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
Chicago’s Weekly Planner: TWO’s Restaurant Royale

 TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale Get ready for a culinary smackdown for the ages, because TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale on December 13 at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio St., #100). In conjunction with Terlato Distell Artisan Spirits, the competition is a bit of restaurant […]

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Dec 08, 2017 05:44 AM
Weekly Planner: Sip & Paint Party, White Truffle Season, Half Acre Tap

White Truffle Season at Spiaggia In addition to booze and merriment, this is also the season for white truffles, one of the most coveted and opulent ingredients of the year. No better place to celebrate the mighty truffle than at Spiaggia, where chef/partner Tony Mantuano and executive chef Joe Flamm have upped the ante on […]

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Nov 30, 2017 06:09 AM

Farm-to-Table Just Got a Lot Easier

Although eating local is the hottest buzz term of the century, hotter even than cronut, it's a mentality that is often easier said than done. Until a mindful company comes in to seamlessly bridge the gap between farm and table. Local Foods is that company, an organization that sprouted last year and has grown exponentially over the past several months to become the go-to resource for farm-fresh food deliveries in Chicago. What started off as a miniscule operation with broad hopes and dreams has ballooned into something extraordinary, as exemplified by the recent announcement of Local Foods' forthcoming 27,000 square foot facility due this fall. 



(Local Foods patners, from left: Andrew Lutsey, Ryan Kimura, Dave Rand. Credit: Jeffrey Marini)


Local Foods first took shape in early 2013, the brainchild of Andrew Lutsey, a financial pro with farming in his blood, along with business partners Ryan Kimura and Dave Rand. Each with their own unique background and expertise, the common ground for the trifecta was an ardent passion for local foods and the motivation to share that passion with others. Recognizing the growing need for local food delivery in Chicago, the trio founded Local Foods as a means to bridge the gap between farmers and consumers, be it chefs, schools, or home cooks. Since many farmers don't have the resources or time to hustle their products all over the city on a routine basis, Local Foods simplifies the process, making it regimented and easy for everyone involved, every step of the way. The company has one client when they debuted, now their roster boasts more than 100 chefs and retailers, including Nana, Farmhouse, and Trenchermen, as well as partnerships with upwards of 35 farms, from Bane Family Meats to Montalbano Farms, selling everything from meat and produce to dairy and grains. It's a true representation of the riches of the Midwestern breadbasket, pared down and simplified. 


With such rapid expansion over the past year, and 10 heartfelt employees in tow, Local Foods is now ready for the next big step: a 27,000 square foot facility on the border of Lincoln Park and Bucktown. The space serves as a permanent hub for local Midwestern provisions of all sorts, augmenting the company's delivery protocol with a reliable resource for all things local under one sprawling roof. This fall, consumers will have steady access to Midwestern ingredients on the regular, rather than have to rely on sporadic farmers' markets for their fill. 


So what does this mean for Chicagoans? And you? By getting their products into more hands (and mouths) on a regular basis and by connecting consumers and chefs with local foods, Local Foods ensures that everyone is a winner. 


- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: BridgeportRiver NorthWicker Park

Nana’s menu features local, organic, sustainable and seasonal products. We offer a selection of housemade items, and source exceptional ingredients from over 30 local farms, orchards, artisan craftsmen and other...


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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