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It’s Raining Chai at Local Restaurants

Be at the autumnal blues with these new chai-infused creations.  (Fall cocktails at Scofflaw. Hint: chai is featured) I remember a time when I thought chai was so exotic and rare. I saw it on the menu at a coffee shop in New Hampshire and became curious. Of course, most random coffee shops in New Hampshire making […]

8 Days of Thanksgivukkah in Chicago Restaurants

November is upon us, which means Thanksgiving is mere weeks away. This holiday season, leave the cooking to the professionals and head to one of these restaurants for your Thanksgiving meal. (Cafe des Architectes) Hope you didn’t binge too much on Halloween candy, because there’s another belt-bucking holiday coming up fast. With November upon us, […]

Guest Chefs Descend on TWO and The Bristol

The phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen” does not apply when the cooks in question are top-tier talents serving as guest chefs for a night. Such is the case at two upcoming dinner events in Chicago, one hosted byTWO Restaurant and the other by The Bristol. Each restaurant welcomes a culinary delegate for a night, accentuating […]

FIRE & ICE Benefit For The Illinois Restaurant Association

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, […]

Think Outside the Pie With This Pumpkin Bucket List at Local Restaurants

Pumpkin pie is all well and good, but there’s more to fall eating than pie crust. With pumpkins at their seasonal apex, here’s a roundup of some unconventional pumpkin creations on restaurant menus around Chicago.   Everyone loves a good pumpkin pie. It’s quintessential fall comfort at its best, and rightfully so. The period of […]

Save the Date for Boozy New Dinners

Several new wine dinners are on the horizon, providing ample opportunity for diners to wine and dine to their heart’s content at Chicago Restaurants   The wines of Montalcino are at the forefront of the Il Poggione wine dinner taking place October 23 at Piccolo Sogno. Co-hosted by wine master Alessandro Bindocci, the event will showcase […]

What to Eat This Week: Mini Cupcakes, Caramel Apples, and Asian-Gastro Creations

(Caramel apple doused in s’mores and a doughnut) New dishes and drinks are constantly debuting in Chicago restaurants, cafes, bars, and bakeries, which means there are lots of new things to eat around town. Here are some ideas for what to eat this week. There’s always something new to eat in Chicago, but especially as seasons […]

The consumer portion of the Chicago Fine Chocolate & Dessert Show is done for the year. As hordes of hungry chocoholics descended upon Navy Pier over the weekend, chocolate purveyors from near and far rose to the occasion. Here are some of the best bites and sips from the event.  SEE FULL STORY  For more about […]

A Tanta-lizing Taste of Peru in River North Restaurant

The cuisine and culture of Peru get their due diligence at River North newcomer Tanta, a collaboration between world-revered Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio and VBD Group, LLC.     (Tanta Cebiche) The first time I tried South American food I was at Epcot and it was revelatory. There’s just something so special about enjoying a […]