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Weekly Planner: Mid-Autumn Festival at Shanghai Terrace

Weekly Planner: Mid-Autumn Festival at Shanghai Terrace, TWO Hosts CRUX, Late-summer Dining at Ampersand and More . . Mid-Autumn Festival at Shanghai Terrace Summer hasn’t even ended yet, but there’s a Mid-Autumn Festival taking place this week. Actually, it makes more sense when you consider the fact that it’s a Chinese festivity otherwise known as […]

Starving Artist 2015: A Feast For Your Senses

Starving Artist 2015: A Feast For Your Senses Starving Artist 2015 takes place June 25 at Venue One in the West Loop. In spite of its ironic name, Starving Artist is one of the best dining events of the year in Chicago. In fact, it’s a sensory wonderland for the eyes and for the taste […]

Chicago Food Film Festival, 5th Annual

Chicago Food Film Festival: The Chicago Food Film Festival is poised to return for its fifth annual fete.   No doubt that food and film go hand-in-hand. From food-focused movies to Thai takeout on the couch at home, the two comforting pastimes are meant to be together. Celebrating that merry union is the Chicago Food […]

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 […]

Happy Beefy Birthday, Chicago by Cut Steakhouse!

In honor of Chicago’s 177th birthday, Chicago Cut Steakhouse and The Local Chicago show some love for the city in March with some very special specials. See Full Story

The Art of Professional Connections: Event Strategies for Successful Business Entertaining

What People Are Saying …  In Event Strategies for Successful Business Entertaining Gloria lays out all the steps necessary for creating a successful event and takes the guesswork out of mastering the logistics. Whether you are planning a cultural outing, a major trade show, or a simple evening soiree, Gloria provides a strategy for creating a memorable […]

New Charlie Trotter Video

A new video by Chef Hamaro Cantu showing the progression of  Chef”s that made Charlie Trotter’s what it was. Although it’s a work in progress, it’s great to see all the Celebrity Chefs in one sandbox. Link To Video   Transcript of Chef Trotter’s Family Charlie Trotter 1987 Charlie Trotter Dona Lee Trotter Anne Hinkamp […]

Weekend Planner: Lunch for a Good Cause, Drink Dinosaur-inspired Beer, Sip Sgrippinos, and Enjoy an Absinthe Dinner

Friday, November 15, Sunda is teaming up with the Philippines Consulate to help raise funds to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan. All of the proceeds from lunch service will go directly to victims of the typhoon via the Philippine Red Cross. For Billy Dec and the Sunda staff, the disaster is especially impacting, considering many of the […]

Black Friday Bargains in Chicago Restaurants

As the official start of the holiday shopping season, Black Friday can be a bit of a frenzy. That’s why you need proper sustenance. Thankfully, a number of Chicago restaurants are ready to roll out Black Friday promos. (Black paella at Tavernita) Thanksgiving is coming up fast, in case you needed a reminder to feel […]

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 […]