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Fashionable farro at Chicago restaurants

Have you tried farro? It’s the hottest thing since mashed potatoes. The new alternative to rice and spuds is finding its way onto menus all over town, as detailed in a recent article in the Chicago Sun-Times. “Farro” is the Italian word for an ancestor of wheat. This ancient grain, also known as “emmer” (Triticum […]

16 picks for Chicago Mardi Gras 2012

Laissez les bon temps rouler! It’s Mardi Gras tomorrow, the last hurrah before Lent. Revel Chicageaux-style on Fat Tuesday at these bars and restaurants. Heaven on Seven features all its usual Cajun and Creole specialties, plus live music: Steve Rohbock & Band in Naperville, Professor John on Rush Street and the Chicago Jazz Collective on […]

Friday food porn: Sweet, hot cherry

Sister breakfast specialsts M.Henry in Andersonville and M.Henrietta in Edgewater feature this decadent reason to get up in the morning, created from house-made chocolate sour-cherry bread layered with fresh strawberries, raspberry whipped cream, chocolate ganache, raspberry coulis and vanilla creme anglaise, $9.25 on the Sunday brunch menu, as well as on the daily specials through […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

12 Christmas dinners in Chicagoland, 2011

Whatever your budget, there’s a Christmas Day dinner for you in the Chicago area.

15 Christmas Eve dinners in Chicago

For some, Christmas Eve is the main event of the holiday season. For others, it’s a night for wrapping last-minute gifts and prepping for the big day on the 25th. And then there are those for whom it’s just another night. Whichever camp you fall in, plenty of Chicago restaurants are open to serve you. […]

65 Chicago places to eat Thanksgiving dinner, 2011

North Side, South Side or in the Chicago suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicagoland restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry out — several days’ notice is typically required. […]

Octo-beer events in Chicagoland

Four fabulous fall beer tastings: City Provisions in Ravenswood, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. No cover. On Oct. 18, City Provisions hosts a release party for Chicago’s Finch’s Beer Co.’s Slackjawed Dunkel, a beer brewed with smoked malt and raw honey from Chef Cleetus Friedman’s […]

Eat this! Six great Fourth of July recipes from Chicago chefs

Cook up some great picnic and party fare this Independence Day weekend with these terrific recipes from top Chicago chefs, culled from Dining Chicago’s weekly “Eat this!” feature.

Oil up rusty recipes at Chicago Passover class

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in the Loop wants you to tune up your holiday cooking at “Passover Boot Camp,” a one-evening holiday crash course from Chef Laura Frankel at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.