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8 great holiday entertaining recipes from Chicago chefs

The Chicago Firehouse Chef Cesar Reyes flames bananas Foster. (Photo by Joseph Storch, Chicago Food Photographer.)

Holiday cooking and entertaining season has come upon us. If you’re looking for new ideas for your own holiday parties or dishes to take along to friends’, try these terrific recipes from Chicago chefs.

  1. Lillie’s Q, Wicker Park, pimento cheese, a Southern party spread.

  2. Shokran, Irving Park, zaalouk, Moroccan eggplant spread.

  3. Rhapsody, Loop, arancini, Italian rice balls.

  4. Blokes & Birds, Lakeview, Scotch eggs, hearty cocktail fare.

  5. Wildfire, Glenview and Lincolnshire, gefilte fish, Jewish chopped-fish balls for Hanukkah or anytime.

  6. Jerry’s, Winnetka, hearts of palm salad, a luxurious side dish.

  7. The Chicago Firehouse, South Loop, bananas Foster, a dramatic dessert.

  8. 312 Chicago, Loop, gingerbread house, a holiday tradition.

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