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Chocoholics: Enter by May 8 for sweet Mother’s Day contest

Think you bake a mean chocolate cake or a decadent chocolate mousse? Chocolate artist Alain Roby of All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva invites home cooks to honor their moms and enter the bakery’s “The Mother of All Foodies” recipe contest. By 5 p.m. Wednesday, enter your top chocolate dessert creation and you could win a […]

Seven great ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, which occurred during the 1862 Franco-Mexican War. In Mexico, it’s not nearly the celebration it is in Chicago, which makes it a festival kicking off the spring season. Of course, most Mexican eateries are offering May […]

Hey, kids! The Wienermobile is coming!

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will among some 20 full-size trucks on hand at the Kohl Children’s Museum’s eighth annual “Touch A Truck” event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge, 670 W. Frontage Road, Northfield, Ill.. Kids can climb aboard full-sized trucks in a completely safe environment during […]

Rev up your wit, get a free restaurant guide

Printed restaurant guidebooks, especially those published only every two years, can’t hope to keep up with the timeliness and breadth of online guides like, well, ours. But it’s handy sometimes to have a little pocket-sized book in the glove compartment, something that doesn’t require connectivity to access. So we like the little red Zagat. Then, […]

Lincolnwood’s Purple Hotel to get a revival

Lincolnwood’s iconic Purple Hotel will get a new lease on life, the Chicago Sun-Times’ David Roeder reports today. The hotel, once the bar mitzvah mecca of the north suburbs and home to the swanky T.J.’s restaurant, has been closed and under threat of demolition since 2007, after a long slide downhill from its 1960s opening […]

It’s local, it’s seasonal, it’s smelt!

They’re tiny and fishy and only available fresh for a very brief period in the spring. Smelt season is upon us! For the ultimate Midwestern smelt experience, you have to head north to Port Washington, Wis., outside Milwaukee, for the annual American Legion Smelt Fry conducted by the Andrew Van Ells American Legion Post No. […]

Friday food porn: The art of Easter

Certified Master Chef Alain Roby of All-Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva created this masterpiece of spun sugar, along with a variety of other Easter confections, including handmade chocolate bunnies up to 2-1/2 feet tall, constructed of Grand-cru chocolate ($9.95–$225), sugar-blown robin’s nests with a chocolate truffle egg inside ($32), handmade chocolate eggs complete with sugar-blown bows […]

Corn dogs get their day: Where to celebrate

National Corn Dog Day is coming up this Saturday, March 23. Where to get your fix of plump frankfurter encased in a coat of crisply fried cornmeal batter? Don’t head for the freezer aisle. These Chicagoland establishments dip their own. Fat Willy’s Rib Shack, Logan Square. Franks ’n’ Dawgs, Lincoln Park. Wiener and Still Champion, […]

18 Passover 2013 ideas in Chicago

Does Bubbe need a little help this Passover? Whether you’re hosting a seder at home, want to enjoy it in a restaurant or just want a taste of the holiday before the real thing begins, area chefs are prepared to assist. Reservations and advance orders strongly recommended. Bebe’s Eatery at the Chicago French Market offers […]

Friday food porn: Chippy!

Galway Bay fish and chips special at Birch River Grill in Arlington Heights, featuring Corona-battered cod with seasoned crispy potatoes and tangy cabbage slaw, served every 4 to 10 p.m. Friday in Lent, $11.95.