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Walk to end hunger in Edgewater

We spend a lot of time talking about food here at Dining Chicago — celebrity chefs and elaborate dinners and luxurious restaurants — but we also remember that there are Chicagoans out there who can’t partake of that bounty, who don’t know where their next meal, however humble will come from. There is real hunger […]

Friday food porn: Ripe and luscious

The final days of fresh, local, summer fruits are upon us — make the most of them. Chef Mark Grosz’s luscious salad of ripe Michigan peaches layers them with prosciutto, thinly sliced Manchego cheese, red onion, fennel, arugula, toasted almonds and a drizzle of sherry vinaigrette, $15 at French restaurant Oceanique in Evanston.

L’shanah tova! Happy New Year 5774, Chicago!

Dining Chicago wishes a most happy, healthy and delicious New Year to everyone celebrating Rosh Hashana today ad tomorrow. Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins the “Days of Awe,” the holiest period on the Jewish calendar, which culminate Sept. 14 on the fast day, Yom Kippur. Unlike the Western New Year, celebrations don’t involve […]

Levy Restaurants’ ‘Company Mom’ Eadie Levy, alav hashalom

Our condolences to the Levy family and Levy Restaurants on the loss of “company mom” Eadie Levy. Mrs. Levy died on Aug. 28 at age 92. Levy Restaurants, which started in 1978 with a single deli, is now an international foodservice mega-company with company with more than 25,000 employees that runs everything from fine-dining spots […]

Green Tie Ball brings together scores of top Chicago chefs

Gateway Green Board of Directors member David Lissner, aka Dining Chicago’s Food Dude, shares the list of restaurants participating in Saturday’s Green Tie Ball in Lincoln Park. There are still a few tickets left for this year’s gala, always one of the premiere charity feeds of the season. This year’s lineup includes chefs from: 312 […]

Friday food porn: Long and flavorful

Along with its global selection of desserts, Gur Sweets Bakery in Elmhurst also serves savory dishes, such as this chicken biryani, an Indian pilaf made from chicken cooked slowly with fresh Indian spices and layered with caramelized onions, cilantro green chiles and the long, slender grains of aromatic basmati rice, then served with house-made yogurt […]

Ina’s to close at year’s end as Pinkney retires

On the eve of the publication of her first cookbook, Breakfast Queen Ina Pinkney has announced that she’ll be hanging up her pancake turner and sleeping in late after the end of this year. Her namesake West Loop restaurant, Ina’s, famed for its morning fare, will remain open till Dec. 31. “Life is like baking […]

Corny fun for Chicagoland farm visitors this fall

The Beatles are in the corn. Literally. This year, the 28-acre maze at Richardson Adventure Farm in McHenry County, 60 minutes northwest of Chicago, celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first record album. An 11-mile labyrinth of trails, the annual attraction is the world’s largest and most intricate corn maze. In addition to the […]

Bourbon and barbecue meet in the Loop

It’s Whiskey Wednesday this week at Encore Liquid Lounge. The watering hole at Hotel Allegro in the Loop hosts a boozy barbecue evening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, featuring a three-course dinner paired with Knob Creek bourbon and rye. Dinner starts with a spring salad of organic greens, plum tomatoes, asparagus, red onions, pine […]

Ham is the new pink

Put on your pink and head to Tavernita this Sunday for “Bacon and H.A.M” brunch. From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., enjoy a four-course sharing menu plus one cocktail for $18.50. Brunch choices include French Toast with ginger whipped cream, mango and vanilla sauce; Belgian Waffle with fried egg, candied bacon, and maple syrup; chilaquiles […]