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Where to Eat on New Year’s Day 2018 in Chicago

Soothe your Champagne hangover on New Year’s Day Since you’ll more than likely be hungover from the previous night’s revelry, it’s of the utmost importance that you eat well on New Year’s Day. Plus there’s just something so fitting about starting the new year off with a sensational first meal. Here’s where to soothe your hungover […]

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Dec 30, 2017 07:21 AM
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

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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