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Two days to celebrate paczki in Chicago!

In Poland, today is Tlusty Czwartek or Fat Thursday, otherwise known as Paczki Day (say “POONCH-key”). In the U.S., though, many Poles celebrate on Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras, which will be next week. Chicagoans are lucky — we get to observe both days! Thousands of Polish Chicagoans as well as other pastry […]

Trending: ‘Kale is the new bacon’

Kale or Be Kaled – watch more funny videos What are local chefs doing with that ubiquitous leafy green? The Chicago Sun-Times hails kale this week, noting, “Kale has come a long way since it was just some curly stuff chefs used to line platters with.” Here’s a sample of how some Chicago chefs are […]

Say cheese for Valentine’s Day

Fromagier Giles Schnierle hosts a pre-Valentine’s Day “Cheese Market Plus” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at his Great American Cheese Collection Warehouse in Back of the Yards. Schnierle will be offering samples and selling nearly 100 cheeses, including a special Valentine’s Day cheese, Chocolate Chevre, a blend of dark chocolate and […]

Celebrate Black History today with hot links

The 14th annual “A Taste of Black History” will feature tastes of Moo & Oink Turkey Links along with samples from 20 other brands from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Jewel-Osco, 1655 E. 95th St., Chicago. Live music will be provided by ZZAJE, a popular Chicago band who plays a cross-section of soul, funk, […]

Five last-minute Chicago food gifts

Still doing your Christmas shopping? Don’t overlook the grocery store, where you’ll find loads of local items you can pull together for great last-minute gifts. Booze: It may be a cliche, but it’s always appreciated. Many liquor stores are open and happy to sell you a bottle of cheer, or check out the liquor aisle […]

Friday food porn: Give them the beef

There’s still time to send a bite of Chicago to your out-of-town friends before Christmas. For the first time ever, Gibsons is offering holiday steak sales. Order online to send them four of the steakhouse’s signature 22-ounce W.R.’s Chicago Cut bone-in ribeyes, along with a bottle of Gibsons Seasoning Salt, for $299, including overnight shipping. […]

Last-minute Thanksgiving turkeys in Chicago!

Still need a bird for your Thanksgiving table? Many local supermarkets will be able to help you out, even tomorrow, with a fresh turkey you can cook in the morning or even an already cooked bird, but for something different, check out Jive Turkey, a Morgan Park pop-up that offers 15 flavors of whole, deep-fried […]

Friday food porn: Cheesey indulgences

Lock 21, a raw cow’s milk, bloomy rind, farmstead cheese made in the style of a Camembert by cheesemaker Brian Schlatter at Canal Junction Cheese in Defiance, Ohio, and aged 60 days. Giles Schnierle of the Great American Cheese Collection describes it as having a “pleasant lemon tang, soft and creamy, complexly flavored with hints […]

Pumpkin pie or sweet potato? Why not both?

Thanksgiving’s coming, get your pie orders in now! If you’re looking for scrumptious seasonal pies such as those featured in today’s Sun-Times story on sweet potato and pumpkin pie, and don’t want to bake your own, pick up the phone today. Here are some of Chicago’s top pie picks: Jimmy Jamm Sweet Potato Pie, Beverly. […]

Friday food porn: Nutty indulgences

The newly opened Katherine Anne Confections cafe in Logan Square blends milk and semisweet chocolates with freshly toasted ground hazelnuts, and hazelnut butter and a touch of white pepper to create these indulgent truffles, three for $9.50.