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Weekend Planner, Thanksgiving Edition

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.     (Trenchermen. Photo: Derek Richmond) Wish Ceres’ Table a Happy Anniversary Ceres’ Table turns four this weekend, and like any good fourth birthday, they’re celebrating with complimentary cocktails. Come […]

Corn and blueberries are popping up together on menus all over town.   Restaurants: Sixteen, Epic, The Gage, Stout Barrel House & Galley, Lobby at the Peninsula Chicago Content: Corn and blueberries are the Laverne and Shirley of summer produce. Two of the season’s most beloved and eagerly awaited ingredients are perpetual plate playmates, popping up […]

Surf’s Up in the Kitchen

Kitchensurfing launched this summer in Chicago, allowing customers to hire trained chefs for personal events and amp up their galas with some serious culinary cred. SEE FULL STORY What Are The  BEST RESTAURANTS IN CHICAGO? For more about Chicago Steaks see:   CHICAGO’S BEST STEAKS & STEAKHOUSES

The history and mystery of Chicago’s Tootsie Rolls

Everybody knows about Tootsie Rolls, the chewy, chocolaty logs that have been a childhood favorite for well over a century. Yet this well-known, made-in-Chicago candy is surprisingly hedged about with mystery, beginning with its very origins. Company history from the time Tootsie Roll began manufacturing in Chicago in the 1960s is fairly solid, but the […]

Twinkies are back, less palatable than ever

Twinkies, the iconic, Chicago-born, creme-filled snack cakes, return to grocers’ shelves as of today under the auspices of the Hostess company’s new owners. We’ve no word yet whether restaurants such as Dick’s River Roadhouse in Mount Prospect, which formerly served deep-fried Twinkies, plans to add them back to the menu. The Twinkie revival comes to […]

Chicago cracks out a prize candy-coated treat

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales and led to the invention of the brownie. The fair also brought the DeJonghes, who […]

Chicago’s gum is No. 1

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales and Vienna Beef hot dogs and led to the invention of the brownie. The fair […]

Chicago food on the hoof: Scrrrrrrrream for Moo & Oink!

 1970s commercial for Calumet Meat, “The Home of Moo and Oink,” with its memorable jingle.   Win a year’s worth of Moo & Oink! In their Sizzling Summer Giveaway on Facebook, the meaty company is offering the winner a year’s worth of hot links, chitterlings, burgers, hot dogs, chicken fritters, rib tips and other favorites. […]

That momentous, filamentous introduction in Chicago

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 opened to the public in May, and introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales, Vienna Beef hot dogs and Aunt Jemima pancake […]

Chicago mixed it up at World’s Columbian Exposition

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 opened to the public in May, and introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales and Vienna Beef hot dogs and led to […]