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Tomato Bucket List 2013

Tomatoes are one of the most quintessential summer foods, and when they’re in season, chefs go wild for them. Nowadays you can find tomatoes in multiple iterations all over restaurants in Chicago. Here’s a thorough list of some of the city’s top tomato dishes of the summer. When tomatoes roll into season, you shut up […]

Savor summer with Slow Food Chicago

Slow Food Chicago hosts a variety of events this summer highlighting the seasonal tastes of the harvest. August 10: A farm-to-table dinner at Mint Creek Farm in Stelle, Ill., features a menu prepared by Mark Payne, executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton Chicago’s deca restaurant. Before dinner, farmer Harry Carr will lead a tour of Mint […]

Chefs cook up ocean trash for benefit dinner

Continung the concept of Earth Day every day, at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 20, Chef Paul Fehribach of Big Jones in Andersonville hosts a “trash fish” dinner highlighting sustainable but rarely used species such as dogfish, smelt, speckled trout and triggerfish, which are typically discarded by fishermen as bycatch. Joining Fehribach in creative uses […]

6 spots to celebrate eggs Benedict in Chicago

Today is National Eggs Benedict Day. April 16 is a silly day to have it — they should make sure it always falls on a weekend, because who has time to have eggs Benedict during the week? The brunch possibilities are much broader on Saturdays and Sundays. Although it’s pretty clear, it dates from 19th […]

29 last-minute Chicago ideas for Valentine’s Day 2013

Uh oh, you forgot to make Valentine’s Day reservations! We’ve got you covered. As of today, these restaurants were reporting they still had openings. You can make reservations right from within Dining Chicago, too. But hurry, we don’t guarantee they’ll still have openings. Aquitaine, French bistro, Lincoln Park. Bin 36 global, River North. Branch 27, […]

LM issues a passport to fun

Years and years ago, when I was a young budding foodie, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, then known for brilliantly quirky promotions of its wonderfully inventive restaurants, issued passports to its rather smaller eatery empire. If you got it stamped at seven of their restaurants (which in those days meant you had eaten at most of […]

10 Chicago New Year’s Day brunches

Stoke up after tonight’s excesses with a hearty brunch and a little hair of the dog that bit you. (Where does that phrase come from, anyway? Woof.) Zest Bistro at Lemon Tree Grocer in Downers Grove will be open to serve Chef Tim Canning’s brunch dishes including breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, Niman Ranch bacon, […]

Eat ethnic Christmas dinners around Chicago

Every culture has its holiday traditions and in Chicago we can try most of them. Check out these ideas: Cuban: Chef Chico Vilchez at Nacional 27 in River North offers a pre-holiday look at Cuban Christmas traditions through Saturday, Dec. 22, with a four-course, prix-fixe menu, paired with wine. The meal starts with a tapas […]

Have some Swedish Christmas in Chicagoland

The Swedish restaurants at Ikea host their annual Julbord Celebration Friday, Dec. 7, at both the Schaumburg and Bolingbrook locations. The event offers an all-you-can-eat Smorgasbord of Swedish holiday ham, smoked and poached salmon, Swedish style meatballs with lingonberries, assorted cheeses, crisp bread, gravid lax with mustard, assorted desserts and more. Live music accompanies. Seatings […]

Chicago celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau 2012

Beaujolais Nouveau arrives just after midnight the morning of Thursday, Nov. 15. The young red wine made from thin-skinned Gamay grapes, produced in the Beaujolais region of France, is released with great hoopla every autumn . Local restaurants are celebrating: Chez Moi in Lincoln Park celebrates with Chef Dominique Tougne’s prix fixe, including salade Lyonnaise […]