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Friday food porn: The cure?

Chef Kristine Subido’s Vietnamese-style mini banh mi sandwiches feature in the new globally inspired buffet brunch, noon to 8 p.m. Sundays at Wave Restaurant & Bar in Streeterville. Tagged “Remedy Brunch: Cure for the Common Weekend,” the $29 brunch also offers such items as hand-rolled ravioli with stewed tomato sauce, Italian cured and dried sausages, […]

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. […]

Eat this! Bok choy, delicious, nutritious and not fattening

What it is: A member of the cabbage family, bok choy or pak choi (Brassica chinensis), sometimes called “white cabbage” or “Chinese cabbage,” is a crisp, stalky vegetable that typically has long white stems and crinkled green leaves and mild flavor. It’s common to several Asian cuisines but rarely seen in Western cooking. Both leaves […]

Happy 40th anniversary, Lettuce Entertain You

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, perhaps the single most influential company in Chicago restaurant history, celebrates its 40th anniversary on Friday, June 10, at the place that started it all, R.J. Grunts in Lincoln Park. Burgers will be $1.50 in tribute to the original 1971 price, and a DJ will spin ’70s tunes all day and […]

Six Chicago restaurants that have stood the test of time

Happy anniversary to these Chicagoland restaurants! It’s well known that most eateries don’t make it to their first anniversary, so count these as successes. Market Bar, West Loop, celebrates its second anniversary today with beer tastings starting at 6 p.m.; tomorrow, a Ketel One patio party with a hosted open bar, beginning at 6 p.m. […]

Chicago’s Asian chefs stir up a benefit dinner

Four of Chicago’s top Asian-American chefs will prepare dinner for the Chinatown-based Chinese American Service League’s 22nd Annual Benefit Dinner Wednesday.

Eat this! Short ribs, beefy bones for braising

What it is: Reasonably priced beef cuts that offer rich flavor, short ribs make delectable winter eating. Where it comes from: Traditional short ribs are meaty, rectangular bones cut from the underside of a steer’s rib cage — from the sternum, or “plate” up toward the shoulder area or “chuck.” You may also see a […]

55 Chicago-area restaurants open Christmas Day 2010

You don’t have to cook on Christmas Day in Chicago. Scores of restaurants and bars will be open to serve you, many serving special holiday meals. Call ahead to check on hours and menus; reservations may be required. 33 Club, Old Town, American 676 Restaurant and Bar, Loop, American Allgauer’s Restaurant, Alsip, American Ann Sather, […]

Paul Wildermuth memorial planned for Dec. 5

UPDATE — EVENT POSTPONED. The memorial is being rescheduled to January. We were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of the talented chef Paul Wildermuth at the tragically young age of 46. Wildermuth, formerly executive chef at Marche, Opera and Red Light, among others, collapsed and died Nov. 13 of complications of […]

13 spooktacular ways to celebrate Halloween in Chicago

Check out these weekend happenings and have a boo-tiful Halloween, Chicago! Casey Moran’s in Wrigleyville’s “HalloweenBash 2010: The Devil Made Me Drink It,” 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, offers Chef Pete Svachula’s “boo-fet” favorites along with original “shocktails” and domestic beer for $30. Giveaways and a Halloween costume contest also feature that night. […]