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Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM
Chicago’s Weekly Planner: TWO’s Restaurant Royale

 TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale Get ready for a culinary smackdown for the ages, because TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale on December 13 at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio St., #100). In conjunction with Terlato Distell Artisan Spirits, the competition is a bit of restaurant […]

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Dec 08, 2017 05:44 AM
Weekly Planner: Sip & Paint Party, White Truffle Season, Half Acre Tap

White Truffle Season at Spiaggia In addition to booze and merriment, this is also the season for white truffles, one of the most coveted and opulent ingredients of the year. No better place to celebrate the mighty truffle than at Spiaggia, where chef/partner Tony Mantuano and executive chef Joe Flamm have upped the ante on […]

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Nov 30, 2017 06:09 AM

Weekly Planner: Burger Specials, Moules Fest, Paella Cook Off and More

Burgers and Specials at Pleasant House Pub

Between the burger and the new lineup of daily specials at Pleasant House Pub in Pilsen, there’s plenty of reasons to revisit this neighborhood favorite these days. For starters, the award-winning pub burger is now available every day, including during lunch. And then there’s new dishes joining the lineup, like the Pleasant Ploughman Scuffler, the pub’s riff on a traditional Yorkshire sandwich that features aged cheddar, housemade carrot chutney, arugula and pickled onions on a buttered roll. As for new specials, come by on Wednesdays for the “cask and curry” special, which consists of a new curry entree along with one of the pub’s cask-conditioned beers. And on Tuesdays, it’s special burger day, wherein the kitchen augments the regular pub burger with a different rotating variety each week. 

Moules Fest at Chez Moi

In case you can’t make it to France, Chez Moi is your next best bet during the month of September. Inspired by “Le Festival de la Moule,” chef Dominque Tougne is hosting his very own “Moules Fest” from September 8-17, featuring four original recipes of the classic French creation. Chez Moi’s version is an all-you-can-eat menu that runs for $25 per person, served with frites. Options for the fest include lobster bisque mussels; marinieres mussels with white wine, parsley, butter and lemon; Belgian mussels with beer, leeks, cream and bacon; and Mediterranean mussels with chorizo, tomatoes, saffron rice, onions and basil. 

 

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Paella Cook Off at Mercat a la Planxa

From France to Spain, another European classic is taking the spotlight this month courtesy of Mercat a la Planxa’s fourth annual Paella Cook Off. The crowd-pleasing affair brings together some of the city’s best chefs for an evening of inventive and contemporary Spanish cooking. This year, Mercat welcomes guest chefs from Animale, Black Bull, Park Grill, Travelle, TWO and Vie, each one cooking up their own riff on paella, to be judged by a media panel and other industry members, including last year’s winner: chef Ashlee Aubin from Salero. The cook off takes place on September 7 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., with festive music and flamenco dancers to add to the vibe. Attendees get to taste samples from each chef and cast their vote for “People’s Choice Award.” Tapas, wine and sangria will also be offered. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased here

Pickle Tasting at Big Jones

If your taste preferences skew acidic, swing by Big Jones for one of the most original tasting options in town. The Andersonville restaurant is currently offering a pickle tasting, designed to showcase fresh, sustainable and seasonal ingredients in a bold and flavorful new way. Similar to a cheese plate or a charcuterie platter, the pickle tasting puts produce in the spotlight with housemade pickles like asparagus, ramp bulbs, chow chow and okra. 

Neighborhoods: AndersonvilleLincoln ParkLoopBridgeport

Coastal Southern cuisine gets an update in Andersonville with potato-herb croquettes and sweet-tea infused pork chops, plus a focus on locally grown, sustainably-farmed food. Big Jones' recipes: Reezy-peezy Southern-style pickles...

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Dominique Tougne, who cooked for years at Bistro 110, brings the cuisine of his grandmother's Bordeaux restaurant and his native Alsace to this restaurant that opened in fall 2012.

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The historic Blackstone hotel gets a major makeover, and with it the arrival of Jose Garces' tapas bar specializing in Catalan cuisine. Small plate items range from cut-to-order charcuterie and...

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Specializing in savory meat pies for dine-in or carry out, this cafe by day and pub by night also offers daily specials, desserts and house-made soda pop. There's also a...

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