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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. […]

Make Room for Dessert Dinner

The Chicago Fine Chocolate & Dessert Show is just around the corner, taking place at Navy Pier October 18 through October 20, and to kick off the festivities a pastry chefs council is poised to host a Room for Dessert dinner at Storefront Company on October 14. Calling all chocoholics. It’s that time of year for […]

Chicago Marathon Specials Worth Running For

The Chicago Marathon kicks off this weekend, October 13, and along with it a number of restaurants in town are offering carb- and protein-heavy Marathon specials to help fuel runners and those who love them. And carbs.   There are a few times out of the year when it’s acceptable and outright encouraged to break […]

The Dish on Billy Dec and Kevin Hickey’s Blockbuster Collaboration

For 18 years, Kevin Hickey toiled away in kitchens at Four Seasons across the country. He amassed notable acclaim, but there is just something a mite restricting about working in hotel restaurants for so long. It’s like a filmmaker producing solid independent movies for years on end without doing anything on a blockbuster scale. Well […]

Dose Market Ups its Dosage

Dose Market returns in a big way this weekend, as the previously monthly market pops up in a new venue with a new weekly schedule. Get ready to overdose on Dose Market, as the monthly market changes venues and shifts to a themed weekly basis. Previously a monthly food and arts market at the River East […]