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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

Floriole Vet Embarks on Her Own Pizza Path

When Floriole Cafe & Bakery instated pizza dinners a while back, the weekly menus garnered pizza acclaim not seen since the great days of Great Lake (RIP/please come back). Pizza from a bread-centric bakery made brilliant sense; it was all about attaining that impeccable crust and showcasing seasonal and local ingredients, and who better to do that than a dexterous bread baker? Attain an impeccable crust they did thanks to pizza muse Rachel Post. During her time at Floriole, she spearheaded the pizza dinners and helped put Floriole squarely at the nexus of Chicago's pizza map. Specifically, she helped fill the void in our hearts vacated by Great Lake. Now Post is off on her own, and she's on a mission to open her own pizza restaurant. 

 

Rachel Post
This acclaimed pizza at Floriole will soon have a home of its own.



"The focus will be similar to the simple pies I created and helmed at Floriole, with a couple of positive changes to round out the menu," explains Post, whose pastry-packed resume prior to Floriole includes Hoosier Mama Pie Company and dearly departed Vella Cafe. She's carrying her ingredient-driven, seasonally minded ethos over from Floriole into her own concept, which she's dubbed Our House. "The focus is still going to be simple and freshly presented pizzas from a bakers' perspective," she adds, pinpointing the vitality of an amazing crust. But at Our House, she's raising the bar. "I would like to elevate this by using a wood-burning oven, and keeping the toppings refined and simple, incorporating the bounty of the Midwest in the summer and continuing to showcase some amazing cheeses, as well as work with the likes of West Loop Salumi." Speaking of working with people, she's looking to feature Chicago breweries on tap and she's currently working with Baker Miller to create a pizza crust using their flour, which she'll use during dinners she'll host at their space for April. 

Post isn't set on a neighborhood yet for Our House, though she's eyeing neighborhoods near Logan Square, like Avondale, West Ukrainian Village, and Humboldt Park. When she does get settled in, she's looking to branch out with more salads and hearth-cooked dishes eventually as well. 

Currently, Post is in the midst of financing Our House and looking for investors. If you have a passion for pizza and entrepreneurship, email Rachel at rachelannepost@gmail.com.

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: East VillageLincoln ParkWest LoopLincoln Square

Artisan pies are made daily at this tiny shop in Ukrainian Village. You can order them by the slice or whole, plus there is a nice selection of ever-changing sweet...

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Floriole specializes in "rustic French pastries" including croissants, gallettes and brioche. Some lunch items, namely sandwiches, salads and quiches, are also available.

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The shop specializes in artisan salumi in the West Loop.

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Two alums from Bang Bang Pie Shop — husband-wife duo Dave and Megan Miller — branch off with their own grain-focused bakery and cafe in Lincoln Square. Sourcing local grains,...

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