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Passover Dining Guide 2015

Passover Dining Guide 2015:

Passover Dining Guide 2015

Passover Dining Guide 2015

Passover takes place from April 3 through 11, and with it comes a variety of restaurant and bakery specials throughout Chicago

 

Passover serves to commemorate the emancipation of the Jewish people from enslavement in Egypt. It also celebrates oodles of Jewish delicacies, from matzo to brisket. Taking place this year April 3 through April 11, Chicago restaurants, bars, and bakeries tip their cap to Passover with a variety of holiday specials. Here’s a guide to Passover eats in Chicago…………CONTINUE: 

 

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Passover or Pesach (/ˈpɛsɑːx, ˈpsɑːx/;[4] from Hebrew פֶּסַח Pesah, Pesakh), is an important biblically derived Jewish festival.

The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the Hebrew Bible especially in the Book of Exodus, in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. According to standard biblical chronology, this event would have taken at about 1300 BCE (AM2450).[5]

Passover commences on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Nisan and lasts for either seven days (in Israel) or eight days (in the diaspora). In Judaism, a day commences at dusk and lasts until the following dusk, thus the first day of Passover only begins after dusk of the 14th of Nisan and ends at dusk of the 15th day of the month of Nisan. The rituals unique to the Passover celebrations commence with the Passover Seder when the 15th of Nisan has begun. In the Northern Hemisphere Passover takes place in spring as the Torah prescribes it: “in the month of [the] spring” (בחדש האביב Exodus 23:15). It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays.

In the narrative of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God helped the Children of Israel escape from their slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the ancient Egyptians before the Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves; the tenth and worst of the plagues was the death of the Egyptian first-born.

The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to pass over the first-born in these homes, hence the English name of the holiday.[6]

When the Pharaoh freed the Israelites, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread dough to rise (leaven). In commemoration, for the duration of Passover no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason Passover was called the feast of unleavened bread in the Torah or Old Testament.[7] Thus Matzo (flat unleavened bread) is eaten during Passover and it is a tradition of the holiday.

Historically, together with Shavuot (“Pentecost”) and Sukkot (“Tabernacles”), Passover is one of the three pilgrimage festivals (Shalosh Regalim) during which the entire population of the kingdom of Judah made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.[8] Samaritans still make this pilgrimage to Mount Gerizim, but only men participate in public worship.[9][10]

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Good Stuff Eatery: First Taste:

Good Stuff Eatery: First Taste

Good Stuff Eatery: First Taste

Good Stuff Eatery: First Taste

Spike Mendelsohn brings his D.C.-based burger brand to Chicago.

 

The burger boom in Chicago shows no sign of abating any time soon. Not only is the city jam-packed with original burger concepts all its own — M Burger, Kuma’s Corner, Au Cheval, and Epic Burger among some favorites — but we’ve seen a huge influx of popular burger brand in the past couple years. Umami Burger and Shake Shack came first, and most recently Spike Mendelsohn threw his fedora into the ring with his first Chicago outpost of Good Stuff Eatery. The amiable Top Chef vet surfed to post-television success in D.C. with his casual burger concept, along with a pizza restaurant and a French spot called Béarnaise. The man is doing well. His first major U.S. expansion outside of the East Coast came via Chicago with the launch of Good Stuff Eatery in the Loop. But in such a saturated burger market, can the Good Stuff stand out?

 

Old Fashioned Pie at The Winchester

Old Fashioned Pie at The Winchester

Old Fashioned Pie at The Winchester

Old Fashioned Pie at The Winchester

Chicago is a city with a sweet tooth, packed with unique pastries and desserts in every neighborhood restaurant and bakery for dining and snacking in Chicago. I’m a guy with a sweet tooth, so each week I’ll report on a different dessert you need to try. I mean, I’ll eat more than one dessert of course, but only one standout confection gets a shout out.

 

 

I love a good Old Fashioned cocktail. Over the years, it’s become my de facto drink of choice, as I steadily smartened up and ventured beyond my “whiskey ginger” nonsense to something more legitimate. More often than not, it’s how I unwind at home at the end of the day. There’s something so refreshingly bracing in the simplicity of whiskey, bitters, sugar, and an orange peel. Something I also love is pie. So imagine my stupefied glee when I learned The Winchester had a dessert that married my two great loves: functioning alcoholism and pie with their cocktail-inspired Old Fashioned pie.…………CONTINUE: 

 

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EASTER SUNDAY AT HARRY CARAY’S AND HOLY MACKEREL!

EASTER SUNDAY AT HARRY CARAY’S AND HOLY MACKEREL!

 

EASTER SUNDAY AT HARRY CARAY’S AND HOLY MACKEREL!

EASTER SUNDAY AT HARRY CARAY’S AND HOLY MACKEREL!

City or suburbs, Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group has the perfect place to take the family for Easter Brunch or Dinner. Harry’s in Lombard and Rosemont are both offering a spectacular all-you-can-eat Champagne Brunch, while our River North and Navy Pier locations will both feature an array of à la carte brunch specials.  Harry’s in River North will also offer Easter specials at dinner. Don’t forget it’s the Chicago Cub’s home opener, so if you aren’t at the game, you should be with us!

 

HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE, Lombard

Westin Lombard | 70 Yorktown Center | 630.953.3400 | harrycarays.com

Brunch Hours: 10:00am-2:00pm | Dinner Hours: 3:00p-9:00p Bar Only

 

Prices are $40.95 for adults (including champagne), $20.95 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children five and younger (prices do not include tax or gratuity). Upgrade to the Bloody Mary Bar for just $7. The Easter Bunny will be hopping around visiting kids and handing out treats throughout brunch. Reservations are recommended.

 

HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE, Rosemont

10233 W. Higgins Rd. | 847.699.1200 | harrycarays.com

Brunch Hours: 10:00am-2:30pm | Dinner Hours: 4:30pm-8:00pm

 

The kids will enjoy a visit with the Easter Bunny, who will hand out treats throughout brunch.  Prices are $42.95 for adults (including champagne), $22.95 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children five and younger (prices do not include tax or gratuity). Reservations are recommended.

 

 

HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE, Chicago

33 W. Kinzie Street | 312.828.0966 | harrycarays.com

Brunch Hours: 11:00am-2:00pm | Dinner Hours: 4:00pm-10:00pm

 

HARRY CARAY’S TAVERN, Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Ave. | 312.527.9700 | harrycaraystavern.com

Brunch Hours: 11:00am-1:00p | Dining Hours: 11:00am-Close

 

Bring the family to Harry Caray’s Tavern, Navy Pier on Easter Sunday and enjoy the brunch specials listed below until 3pm in addition to Harry Caray’s full menu. Directly outside the restaurant, Navy Pier’s Family Pavilion will be transformed into “Swing into Spring”.  The event runs April 1st-12th and offers photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny from 11:00am-4:00pm.

 

HARRY CARAY’S 7th Inning Stretch, Water Tower Place

ZERO CALORIE DOUGHNUT

ZERO CALORIE DOUGHNUT at GLAZED AND INFUSED

ZERO CALORIE DOUGHNUT: GLAZED AND INFUSED UNVEILS

ZERO CALORIE DOUGHNUT: GLAZED AND INFUSED UNVEILS

WHAT:          

Glazed and Infused, the artisan doughnut shop from Scott Harris’s Francesca’s Restaurant Group, announces today its newest menu option – the Zero Calorie Doughnut*. The limited-edition offering will only be available on Wednesday, April 1, while supplies last.

 

Glazed and Infused invites visitors to share their zero-calorie doughnut perk on itsTwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages with the hashtag #GoGlazedZeroCal.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the units of energy. For other uses, see Calorie (disambiguation).

The name calorie is used for two units of energy.

  • The small calorie or gram calorie (symbol: cal) is the approximate amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius at a pressure of one atmosphere.[1]
  • The large calorie, kilogram calorie, dietary calorie, nutritionist’s calorie, nutritional calorie, Calorie (capital C)[2] or food calorie (symbol: Cal) is approximately the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water by one degree Celsius. The large calorie is thus equal to 1000 small calories or one kilocalorie (symbol: kcal).[1]

Although these units are part of the metric system, they have been superseded in the International System of Units by the joule. One small calorie is approximately 4.2 joules (so one large calorie is about 4.2 kilojoules). The factor used to convert calories to joules at a given temperature is numerically equivalent to the specific heat capacity of water expressed in joules per kelvin per gram or per kilogram. The precise conversion factor depends on the definition adopted.

In spite of its non-official status, the large calorie is still widely used as a unit of food energy. The small calorie is also often used for measurements in chemistry, although the amounts involved are typically recorded in kilocalories.

The calorie was first defined by Nicolas Clément in 1824 as a unit of heat,[3] and entered French and English dictionaries between 1841 and 1867. The word comes from Latin calor meaning “heat”.

Burger News: Burger Wars, Burger Bar Menu

Burger News: Burger Wars

Burger News: Burger Wars (deca RESTAURANT)

Burger News: Burger Wars (deca RESTAURANT)

Rain or shine, cold weather or hot, cravings for burgers in Chicago endure. Unlike braised meats or pumpkin pie or fresh blueberries, burgers are a source of comfort all year round, and we can never get enough. Feeding our insatiable lust for ground beef are a couple new burger incentives around Chicagoland, from a new burger bar menu to a burger war smack down in the ‘burbs.

 

You love deca RESTAURANT + BAR for its unique, eclectic cuisine at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Now there’s more to love with the restaurant’s new burger bar menu, a temporary fixture running now through March 31. Think of it as one last comfort food hurrah before you have to think about bathing suits again. For the special new menu, the restaurant is offering five gourmet burger options, which span the spectrum from vegetarian to chicken & waffles (no joke). The cool thing about the burger menu is the fact that it was a kitchen team effort in constructing it, with several of the kitchen staff adding their own whimsical contributions to the mix. With so many offbeat options to opt for, there’s definitely something for every palate. The burgers include the Chef M’s Tasmanian Ocean.…………CONTINUE: 

 

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Wabash Ave. Dining Revolution: Paves the Way for a

Wabash Ave. Dining Revolution

Wabash Ave. Dining Revolution: (Good Stuff Eatery)

Wabash Ave. Dining Revolution: (Good Stuff Eatery)

 

Wabash Avenue steps into the spotlight with cultural and restaurant additions.

 

When it comes to Loop thoroughfares, Wabash Avenue is often relegated to the role of red-headed stepchild, neglected and overlooked in comparison to its more popular siblings Michigan Avenue and State Street. A lot of that can be chocked up to Wabash’s reputation as a dark, dingy, and loud street tucked underneath the rumbling El tracks. But with a massive boost in Wabash beautification under way this year, along with an influx of new restaurants, hotels, and cultural destinations, Wabash is paving the way for a revolution.

At the forefront of the Wabash renaissance is the Chicago Loop Alliance and their “Transforming Wabash Report” project, which includes the imminent addition of sidewalk planters, new bike lanes, new lighting, and potential new “Maker Districts,” showcasing local creatives and retailers.…………CONTINUE: 

 

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Rhine Hall Turns One, Anniversary Party at 312 Chicago, A Taste of France: Weekday Planner

Rhine Hall Turns One, Anniversary Party at 312 Chicago

Weekday Planner: Rhine Hall Turns One, Anniversary Party at 312 Chicago, A Taste of France,

Weekday Planner: Rhine Hall Turns One, Anniversary Party at 312 Chicago, A Taste of France,

Chicago’s first brandy distillery is getting ready to celebrate its first anniversary with a fete on April 3. From 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., Rhine Hall will toast to one year of success with

an anniversary cocktail menu, light bites, a DJ, and a tasting of Rhine Hall’s newest forthcoming release, peach brandy.

Tickets for the event are $30 per person and are accessible via Rhine Hall’s “announcements” page on their website…………CONTINUE: 

 

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Charlatan and The Boundary Tavern and Grille: Brunch Bites

Charlatan and The Boundary:

Brunch Bites: Charlatan and The Boundary Tavern

Brunch Bites: Charlatan and The Boundary Tavern

 

In this week’s batch of brunch bites, Charlatan provides a new brunch destination in West Town and The Boundary Tavern and Grille revamps its brunch menu in Wicker Park.

Three Aces has been a solid brunch contender for a while now, so the onset of brunch at West Town sister spot Charlatan is a bit of a big deal. Chef Matt Troost’s penchant for contemporary American and Italian flavors is wholly unique, especially during brunch hours. Visit the restaurant on Saturdays and Sundays for malted waffles with cinnamon butter and Amaro whipped cream; chicken Parmesan sandwiches with arugula, fried capers, and fontina; bruschetta with eggs in purgatory, ‘nduja whipped ricotta, and Calabrian chilies; peppered pork belly carbonara with smoked spaghetti, 45-minute egg, Parmesan, and parsley pistou; and lemon-ricotta pancakes with bourbon maple syrup and milk jam. Housemade maple-black pepper sausage, Calabrian tater tots, and cinnamon rolls with milk jam make for apt side dishes or starters. Head bartender Alex Gara gets creative…………CONTINUE: 

 

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Earth Hour Tasting Menu, Spring Truffle Party: Weekend Planner, Anniversary Special at Brasserie by LM

Earth Hour Tasting Menu:

Earth Hour Tasting Menu, at Prasino

Earth Hour Tasting Menu, at Prasino

Weekend Planner March 27-29: No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in Chicago. Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend.

Earth Hour Tasting Menu by Candlelight 

In honor of Earth Hour, which takes place on March 28, prasino LaGrange is going dark for dinner. By that I mean turning the lights out and serving a raw food tasting menu by candlelight. From 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., chef Luis Molino will curate two tasting menu options, one for $25 and another for $35. The first features a vegan ceviche, Asian-style seared tofu with corn and vegetable salad, and vegan chocolate mousse; the second features whitefish ceviche, seared rare ahi tuna with corn and vegetable salad, and vegan chocolate mousse…………CONTINUE: 

 

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