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Chicago Makes Its Mark on Nashville

Chefs and restaurateurs are expanding their Chicago brands southward to Nashville. Although Nashville is roughly 450 miles South of Chicago, the two cities have never felt closer thanks to a recent uptick in restaurant expansions and chef movement. The draw for Chicago restaurants and bars to branch out to Nashville, essentially the closest Southern city […]

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Aug 29, 2017 04:25 AM
Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Broken Shaker

Happy Hour at Broken Shaker New happy hours are a dime a dozen these days in Chicago, but the version taking place at the Broken Shaker may be the coolest (and most irreverent) yet. It’s called the “Happy Hipster,” and it’s a playful, nostalgia-inspired combo that features a secret recipe burger with fries and a domestic beer […]

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Aug 28, 2017 12:18 AM
The Polenta Bar Brings a Taste of Northern Italy to the West Loop

In recent years, fast-casual dining has manifested in many different ways, in part triggered like a Domino effect by companies following the Chipotle model of customized food, quick service and quality ingredients. From noodles and salads, to Middle Eastern food and poké, Chicago’s fast-casual scene has a lot to choose from, but none are quite […]

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Aug 23, 2017 06:06 PM

Dessert News: Beurrage, The Monarch, and NoMI Chocolate Boutique

Chicago's insatiable appetite for sugary treats continues to grow, with the arrival of a new bakeshop in Pilsen, new desserts in Bucktown, and a pop-up chocolate wonderland at the Park Hyatt. Just in time for bathing suit season, new desserts arrive to make life that much more challenging. But oh is it worth it.

Worms and dirt
(Worms and dirt at The Monarch)

As Pilsen's food scene continues to expand, Beurrage marks the latest development on the 18th Street strip. Beurrage originated at the Pilsen Community Market a couple years ago, run by Jeffrey Hallenbeck and Isaiah Simpson. Due to wild demand for their goods, Beurrage began delivering to coffee shops and cafes throughout the city, eventually amassing enough funds and stability to secure their own brick-and-mortar space. The bakeshop opened on Easter, serving cafe fare morning till evening Tuesday through Friday and until mid-afternoon on weekends. Well beyond your standard bakery provisions, Beurrage offers an impressively thoughtful array of pastries, from pretzel croissants and banana-hazelnut-chocolate croissants to fig Danishes, carrot and seed bread, pies, and croissant loaf bread.

Re-imagined dessert classics take the stage at The Monarch, a Bucktown bar with a proclivity for imaginative culinary creations courtesy of Michael DeStefano. Because it's not every bar that ends a meal with key lime parfaits; a candy bar-like plate of goat cheese spread with cacao nibs, pink peppercorn, peanuts, and caramel; and an adult interpretation of the childhood classic worms & dirt made with bittersweet chocolate pudding, espresso "dirt," and gummy worms.

Over at the Park Hyatt, NoMI Kitchen's pastry chef Meg Galus embraces her inner Wonka for a chocolate-themed dessert pop-up running at the Park Hyatt Chicago Library April 26 through May 11. Utilizing rare and unique varieties of chocolate, Galus gets whimsical with a miscellany of cocoa creations, from brownies and bonbons to French pastries and personalized gift baskets. The pop-up is in session from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. each day.

- Matt Kirouac

Fine dining alum Michael DeStefano is at the helm of the space formerly occupied by the Wicker Park location of Uberstein. Having previously worked alongside acclaimed chef Andrew Brochu, DeStefano...

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What originated as a community baking concept in Pilsen in 2012 has blossomed into a full-fledged brick-and-mortar bakery on 18th Street at Beurrage.

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