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Coffee and comedy come together in Wicker Park

Ready Coffee in Wicker Park not only puts the work of local artists on the walls of its Ornot Gallery, the coffeehouse offers live art as well. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, Ready premieres “Art You Can Laugh At,” a series of biweekly comedy showcases hosted by resident comedian Nathyn Gibson starting at 7 p.m. The […]

Slow Food, Uncommon Ground celebrate harvest

The end of August brings with it the bittersweet sense that summer is ending. On one hand, we’ll soon say good-bye to warm, sunny days and summer fruits and vegetables, on the other, we’re starting into the height of the harvest season, when local produce is at its peak. Slow Food Chicago and Uncommon Ground […]

Friday food porn: Rossini-inspired repast

Made with carnaroli rice, shallots, champagne, fois gras, fresh porcini and seasonal truffles, this risotto, the weekend special at Merlo on Maple on the Gold Coast, is inspired by Gioacchino Rossini, the great 19th-century Italian composer. Rossini wrote nearly 40 operas, but in his time, he was as well known for his gastronomic events as […]

Chevre a la O’Hare? Partnership links city, restaurant and goats

If you want to take a look at your dinner on the hoof, head out to O’Hare, where a herd of goats belonging to Central Commissary Holdings, owners of Butcher & The Burger in Lincoln Park, is munching on grass around the airport grounds. The 25 goats, plus sheep, llamas and burros are part of […]

Get your chocolate fix

Learn about luscious French desserts with Chicago’s top patissieres. The The French Pastry School in the Loop launches another series of its “Tasting Series” classes with “Restaurant-Style Desserts: A Menu of Chocolaty French Favorites,” at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. Chef Patrice Caillot, a World Pastry Champion, will demonstrate bittersweet dark chocolate souffle, single-origin dark […]

Quartet of Mexican cuisine’s top chefs to gather in Chicago

Mexico City chef Jorge Vallejo (Quintonil) and New York City’s Alex Stupak (Empellon) join Chicagoans Carlos Gaytan (Mexique) and Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill and others) for a two-day celebration of contemporary Mexican cuisine, “Mod Mex,” Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, at Frontera Grill in River North. Saturday’s event, “Mod Mex: The New Face […]

Friday food porn: Little dumpling

These shrimp and bamboo dumplings, $7, are part of the dim sum service offered at Tony Hu’s new River North restaurant, Lao 18. The menu of dumplings, congee and noodles and other dim sum is served Monday through Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m. Other choices include Peking-Style dumplings; sticky Rice with Chicken, chicken, pork, duck, […]

Eid Mubarak! Chicago Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan

Dining Chicago wishes our Muslim readers a sweet Eid-al-Fitr today as they break their month-long fast of Ramadan. The Islamic lunar calendar means the holiday moves around the year, and the end of fasting and start of Eid starts with the sighting of the new moon indicating the start of the month of Shawwal. The […]

A taste of history in Greektown

Hearty servings of gyros, lamb chops, souvlaki, grilled octopus, spinach pie, baklava and other delicacies attest to the talents of Greektown’s chefs during the 24th annual Taste of Greektown, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25. The event highlights food and spirits from area restaurants, along with Greek bands, ethnic dancing, kids activities and games, […]

Free food film fest launches tonight

Watch films about food for free this week at the Better Boys Foundation’s second annual “Sundown in K-Town” film festival. The event, themed “Dig In! A West Side Film Festival About Food” screens movies that address food topics concerning West Side residents, including African-American foodways and cultural traditions; obesity, diabetes, and other food-related diseases that […]