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Go local this Halloween

When you’re shopping for the trick-or-treaters this Halloween, check out these locally made candies: Ferrara Pan Candy Co. Atomic Fire Ball, Lemonheads and Red Hots. The Forest Park-based candy company dates to 1919, but founder Salvatore Ferrara was making candy even before that at the Original Ferrara Bakery. Both companies are still owned and operated […]

Kaufman’s reopens Oct. 29

Mazel tov, deli fans! After being closed by fire for nearly a year, Kaufman’s Bagel & Delicatessen is slated to reopen on Oct. 29, the owners announced this week, bagels, rye bread, corned beef and all. “We’ve been assured by our contractor, architect, rabbi, priest, suppliers, the village elders and our neighbors that the 29th […]

To meat or not to meat?

Burger maven Tim Canning, chef/owner of Zest Bistro and Lemon Tree Grocer in Downers Grove and raw food/vegan doyenne Karyn Calabrese of Karyn’s Fresh Corner in Lincoln Park face off Sunday, Oct. 21, in “Meat vs. Beet,” a cooking challenge to celebrate the grocery’s introduction of Karyn’s food products. The two chefs will showcase various […]

Eat this! Artichokes, the armored vegetable

What it is: Round and spiky, the globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus) is a savory relative of the thistle and the sunflower. The edible parts are at base of its thorny leaves, which eaters scrape through their teeth, and its soft heart. Where it comes from: Nobody knows who first figured out how to eat this […]

Dairy meals mark Jewish days of mourning

One of the lesser known Jewish holidays, Tisha B’Av, or the Ninth of Av, culminates nine days of religious observance that, like many other Jewish occasions, can be summed up — as the old joke goes — “They tried to wipe us out. They couldn’t do it. Let’s eat!” Tisha B’Av, a fast day, is […]

Hot dog! Five of Chicago’s best wieners

National Hot Dog Month is with us again. Try some great locally made dogs from Chicago sausage makers. Bobak’s Sausage Co. in Garfield Ridge makes natural-casing all-beef, all-pork and all-veal wieners. Crawford Sausage Co., founded in 1925 on what was then South Crawford Road in Little Village, makes Daisy Brand hot dogs. They’re best known […]

What to eat during Milwaukee’s Summerfest

If you’re headed up to Milwaukee for Summerfest this week, or looking for an inexpensive nearby vacation, you’ll want to read this Chicago Sun-Times story on Milwaukee’s surprising food scene and how it compares to Chicago’s. The story covers little-known but worthwhile destinations such as Wegner’s St. Martins Inn and Golden Gyros and Frozen Custard, […]

A free ‘Taste’ in the West Loop

City Fresh Market at the West Loop’s Chicago French Market hosts “Taste of City Fresh” from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, July 2. Unlike that other Taste, the food samples at this one are free.

Five fabulous Chicago Father’s Day ideas

Dad’s Day is coming up Sunday. Here are our picks for great Father’s Day gifts. Sign Dad up to learn the art of barbecue with Barn & Company Pit Master Gary Wiviott, author of “Low & Slow: Master the Art of Barbecue in 5 Easy Lessons.” Wivott’s Grill Master Series classes at the Lincoln Park […]

Friday food porn: Doughnut Day!

It’s the 75th annual National Doughnut Day! Beauties like these run $2 to $3 each at the Doughnut Vault in River North.