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Weekend Planner: Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival, Grilled Cheese Day Decadence, and Cocktail Carts at Travelle

Weekend Planner: Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival Pastoral‘s fourth annual Artisan Producer Festival is this Saturday, April 12, at the Chicago French Market. The free-to-attend festival brings together upwards of 100 food artisans from across the world, gathered en masse in the West Loop to showcase their wholesome wares. It’s the Epcot of worldly artisanal foods. The […]

Weekend Planner: Gourmet Goodies at One of a Kind Show, Tasting Table Open Market, All-Olive Menu, and Graceful Beef

Jumpstart Your Holiday Shopping at One of a Kind Show This year’s One of a Kind show and sale is truly something to behold. A mammoth shopping wonderland on the eighth floor of the Merchandise Mart, One of a Kind brings together a unique medley of artisanal vendors slinging everything from fashion and posters to […]

Shopping and Savoring the Best of Chicago’s Flavors

    The Walnut Room’s famous chicken pot pie.  When you’re in a zone—a shopping zone in this case—the last thing you want to do is stop and think about where you’re going to grab a bite. Lucky for you, a number of prominent retail department stores, luxury boutiques and others have taken this dilemma […]

Weekend Planner: Eat Pumpkin Cremeux and Foot-long Hot Dogs, Sip Gamay and Cocktails

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. (White chocolate-pumpkin cremeux at Floriole Cafe & Bakery. This month only. Photo: Floriole) No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in […]

Some Fun Times With My Friend Chef Charlie Trotter   Renowned Chicago Chef Charlie Trotter has died at age 54, a fire department source said. Trotter was found unresponsive at a Chicago residence and taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Chicago Police said they are conducting a death investigation. The cause of his death is not […]

Brunch Bites: DIY Pumpkin Pop Tarts and Chicago-style Bloody Marys at The Grid

Brunch is a booming business for restaurants in Chicago, and it can be hard to navigate the ins and outs, especially when so many strollers are blocking the way. Each week we highlight some of the most notable brunch news and dining happenings around town. Here are your latest brunch bites.   (Chicago-style Bloody Mary […]

Weekend Planner: Rum Cocktails, Celebrity Chef Ball, and an Apple Pie Smackdown

This weekend, make it all about the rum cocktails, the charitable food galas, and the apple pie contests. Cozy Up to DMK’s New Rum Cocktails It’s getting cold out there. Batten down the hatches and warm/numb your soul with rum. The cozy liquor is at the forefront of a new cocktail menu at DMK Burger Bar, […]

Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame: Paul Kahan, Alain Roby And Richard Melman

I was celebrating with many great chefs last night at Castle. Swiss-born steak chef Hans Aeschbacher, French cuisine chef Jean Banchet, and Louis Szathmary, the late and former chef of the long-shuttered Bakery in Lincoln Park, were also named “Legendary Chefs” by the museum. Chef Charlie Trotter the first inductee donated $5,000.00 Since 2006, the Chicago Culinary Museum […]

Weekend Planner: Meatloaf, Chili, and Potlucks

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. (Loafer Pops at The Meatloaf Bakery) Nosh on Chili The NOSH hosts its penultimate food festival this Saturday, October 19, at the AN Pritzker School in Wicker Park, and in […]

Pecking Order and Twisted Pinoy Collaborate With Filipino Fare

  (Pecking Order. Filipino food collides here.) SEE FULL STORY  For more about Chicago Steaks see:   CHICAGO BEST STEAK.COM     On October 21, two Filipino chefs join forces for a special family-style dinner celebrating their heritage.  When it comes to Asian cuisines in Chicago, Filipino food is not nearly as prominent as others. […]