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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

Weekday Planner: Manhattan Making Contest, Sweetest Cinnamon Desserts

Lunch at RPM Steak

There's a new power lunch in town, and it can be found at RPM Steak. The River North steakhouse just launched its new "executive lunch," which is available Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. It's a three-course prix fixe for $26, with items like coal-roasted halibut, king crab bisque, and short rib steak. 

Manhattan Making Contest

Shake up your week with a little Manhattan making contest at the Virgin Hotels' second-floor Commons Club on February 22. From 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., local mixologists will convene to see who can make the best Woodford Reserve Manhattan. Attendees get to watch the action and sample the wares. What's even cooler is guests also get to personalize their own Woodford Reserve bottle with an engraver. Tickets to attend are $15, and pre-ordered engraved bottles are $45. 

 

RPM Steak
Lunch at RPM Steak



"Breaking the Wheel" at Tesori

Feast your eyes on an 80-pound wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and then dig in at Tesori. The Loop mainstay is hosting a very special cheese and wine tasting event called "Breaking the Wheel" on February 23 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Guests will get to sip a variety of wines from Maso Canali and DaVinci while watching chef Danny Sweis break into the massive cheese well. Bask in the aroma and sample the flavor in a whole new way. The cost is $25 per person and tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Half Acre Beer Night at County Barbeque

Beer and barbecue go together like mac & cheese. Which is why it's of the utmost importance you celebrate this delicious union at Half Acre's beer night at County Barbeque February 25. Starting at 6:00 p.m., guests can taste limited release beers from the local brewery, paired with barbecue plates from the restaurant. Beers to be poured include Nitro Chocolate Camaro, Softly, Daisy Cutter, and a bonus surprise draft. Half Acre reps will also be on hand to dole out beer swag. 

 

Chicago's Sweetest Cinnamon Desserts

Chicago's Sweetest Cinnamon Desserts (Baker Miller)
Chicago's Sweetest Cinnamon Desserts (Baker Miller)

 

If the all-too-vague "pumpkin spice" can monopolize autumn, then cinnamon deserves its own time in the spotlight this winter. And rightfully so, the wonderfully heady, sugar-friendly spice is front-and-center on a number of unique pastries and desserts this season in Chicago. 

While trend-spotting foodies lost their minds over Cronuts last year, the Baker Miller crew were quietly dreaming up something even better. Now featured prominently at their Lincoln Square cafe and bakeshop, the "Doughboy" is like a carb-tastic hybrid of doughnut-meets-muffin. It sounds heavy and excessive, but these things are surprisingly light, impossibly fluffy, and all too easy to wolf down with a cup of coffee in the morning. Among the flavors on hand is the cinnamon toast Doughboy, a muffin-sized dome of dough that tastes like a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. 

When one form of cinnamon simply won't do, head to Sprinkles and order the triple-cinnamon cupcake. The most cinnamon-y sweets in Chicago right now are very likely at this Gold Coast cupcake shop, where the spice takes top billing in more than one menu item. Sure there's the cinnamon sugar cupcake, but that's really more like an unfrosted muffin, made with a lightly spiced buttermilk cake and a dome of cinnamon-sugar. What you're really after here is that triple cinnamon. It's a cinnamon-spiced cake with cinnamon-cream cheese frosting and a generous dusting of cinnamon-sugar. If that's not enough, the popular carrot cupcakes also have cinnamon-cream cheese frosting. 

 

Neighborhoods: Little Italy, UICRiver NorthChicago Loop

David Morton and Michael Kornick open a chef-driven BBQ joint in the space formerly occupied by the legendary Gennaro's Italian restaurant. There are 40 seats inside and 50 seats on...

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Everyone’s welcome at the Commons social club, where you can get out of Chicago’s stormy rough-and-tumble and get a touch of Virgin warmth. Enjoy an early hour farm-fresh breakfast, a...




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