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Friday food porn: Go wild in Glen Ellyn

Glen Prairie in Glen Ellyn goes wild this weekend with wild boar and lamb meatloaf. The special, served through Sunday, Aug. 4, after 5 p.m., comes with whipped potatoes, mushroom gravy, baby carrots and fresh green beans, $22.

Food and fun for the whole family

Have fun with the whole family this summer and fall with these kid-friendly celebrations. Don’t have any kids? Borrow some! The kids will dye for Hotel Lincoln’s free “Tie-Dye Party in the Park” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10. Children and parents can make their own tie-dye garments during this offbeat celebration of […]

Chicago’s best food trucks?

There are food trucks and then there are food trucks. There are the old-fashioned roach coaches selling coffee and plastic-wrapped sandwiches that tend to serve construction sites and factories. There are every kid’s’ summer loves, ringing through the neighborhoods with ice cream on a stick. Then there are the new gourmet trucks that ply River […]

Suburban chef perks up urban lounge menu

For all you Chicago residents who are afraid to venture outside city limits, here’s your chance to sample the fare of one of the suburbs’ top chefs without disturbing your urban sensibilities. Chef Michael Lachowicz of restaurant Michael in Winnetka is serving a stint as consulting chef for Mercer One Thirteen, bringing his French-inspired cuisine […]

What’s a Cronut and where can you get one?

Part doughnuts, part croissants, “Cronuts” are the latest culinary craze sweeping New York City. The baked goods debuted last month at Dominique Ansel’s, namesake SoHo bakery. The cult following for the limited-availability pastry has not only led to extensive lines at Ansel’s bakeshop, but also a black market peddling the authentic articles for up to […]

Say cheese with Chef Amaury

Artisan cheesemaker Fons Smits from Ludwig Farmstead Creamery visits Chef Amaury restaurant in Aurora at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, for Chef Amaury Rosado’s special dinner focusing on Ludwig cheeses. These handcrafted cheeses are made on the Fithian, Ill., farm with milk from Ludwig’s own cows. Rosado’s five-course menu includes Sangamon cheese in a roasted […]

Crushed again! Two tons of grapes to be Naperville wine

From 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, the lobby of the Chicago Naperville Marriott will turn into a winery as wwinemaker Greg Fischer of Chicago’s Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery feeds more than two tons of cabernet grapes into a gigantic grape-crushing machine. The juice produced will ultimately become the house wine for the […]

Learn to grill the perfect burger with Weber chefs

What’s summer without burgers on the grill? At 6 p.m Thursday, May 23, grilling experts at Weber Restaurant in Schaumburg will fire up their grills and teach you how to make the perfect grilled burger. In this hands-on class, you’ll get to prepare three specialty burgers: Kobe beef, salmon and ground turkey, as well as […]

Home bakers’ bonanza is back!

If you do your own baking, you won’t want to miss the return of the annual Wilton tent sale, May 31 through June 18 at Wilton Industries headquarters in Woodridge. The huge sale, housed in a football-field-sized tent, offers up to 75 percent off on Wilton cake pans, baking tools, cake accessories, cookie and candy […]

10 uncommon Mother’s Day 2013 options in Chicago

Sure, you can follow the brunch bunch on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, but why not let mom sleep in and enjoy something different? Here are a few uncommon ways to celebrate with Mom this weekend. Start Mother’s Day weekend off by taking mom to a special Truffle Making Party at Katherine Anne Confections in […]