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Eight Wild New Foie Gras Creations in Chicago

With its equal-parts proclivity for both savory and sweet applications, foie gras is one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen, a sentiment that Chicago chefs and pastry chefs have taken to heart in recent years. Band of Bohemia: Affectionately nicknamed the “foie-sicle,” the foie gras fudgesicle at Band of Bohemia may very well be […]

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Aug 16, 2017 11:43 PM
Weekly Planner: Flight of Sake Air & Water Show

Celebrate accordingly with a flight of sake A flight of drinks makes perfect sense for the Air & Water Show, taking place the weekend of August 19 and 20. So make your way to Joy District to celebrate accordingly with a flight of sake. On both days, the River North bar and restaurant is featuring $20 sake […]

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Aug 15, 2017 04:31 AM
Weekly Planner: Spiaggia Hosts Ferragosto

Spiaggia Hosts Ferragosto One of the best, most lavish events of the summer is back in action August 15, as Spiaggia hosts its annual Ferragosto affair at Oak Street Beach. Spiaggia Hosts Ferragosto From 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Chicago’s venerable Italian mainstay celebrates the timeworn Italian holiday of Ferragosto, the beginning of the summer holiday, marked […]

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Aug 12, 2017 07:37 PM

Brunch Bites: The Butcher's Tap and Barcocina

In this week's batch of brunch bites, a new chef revamps the brunch program at The Butcher's Tap and Barcocina debuts weekend brunch service. 

 

The Butcher's Tap
The Butcher's Tap does brunch



Brunch boards and buckets are the group-friendly order of the day at The Butcher's Tap, where new chef Sean Currie is heading up the kitchen and revamping the brunch menu. Housed in a space once home to a butcher shop, the bar and restaurant is ideally suited to showcase burly, meaty brunch boards like the Butcher's Breakfast, brimming with bacon, Brie, deviled eggs, sliced cantaloupe, French toast cinnamon sticks, and fruit parfait; or the Smorgasbord with deviled eggs, Brie, bourbon-soaked bacon, charcuterie, brioche French toast sticks, and French baguette with Nutella. In addition to those shareable boards, Currie will also be rolling out monthly burger, sandwich, and salad features. To drink, The Butcher's Tap is tapping into boozy buckets complete with all the brunch fixins. There's a Bloody Mary bucket, a mimosa bucket, or a "Working Man" bucket filled with six domestic cans or bottles. 

In other Northside brunch news, Mexican-accented Barcocina is another brunch newcomer. The weekend brunch menu, served 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, features the contemporary stylings of chef Matt Williams in dishes that run the gamut from huevos rancheros and chorizo Benedict to maple sausage pancake sliders, ancho cinnamon French toast with banana rum caramel, and steak and eggs with spiced smoked Gouda fundido. Speciality brunch cocktails include Barcocina Iced Coffee infused with tequila, Patron XO Cafe, and 1921 Tequila Cream Liqueur; the Sheffield Sunrise with tequila, Cointreau, Aperol, jalapeno simple syrup, and orange juice; and the Champagne Margarita made with tequila, Cointreau, sour mix, and Korbel Champagne Piccolo. 

- Matt Kirouac

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Housed in a former butcher shop, The Butcher's Tap bridges the gap between bygone classics and contemporary modernity in terms of dining and drinking. This farm-to-table bar and restaurant features...


Barcocina fuses traditional Mexican cuisine and various multicultural cooking techniques into Mexican inspired fare. Our fresh ingredients and three distinct beverage categories will let out your sweet, smoky and spicy...




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