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Weekday Planner: Monday Supper at Floriole, Whiskey Class, Beer Tasting Dinner, Amaro Release Party

Whiskey Class, Beer Tasting Dinner, Amaro Release Party See Full Story: Whiskey fanatics, take note. Big Star is hosting a special whiskey class on March 16, perfect for the aficionado looking to take his or her obsession to the next level. Hosted in part by Big Star’s beverage director Laurent Lebec and Heaven Hill’s Master […]

Balena, Tapworks, and Baderbrau: Brunch Bites

……Balena, Tapworks, and Baderbrau: Brunch Bites<! ……………..SEE FULL STORY ..The folks behind The Bristol, GT Fish & Oyster, Formento’s, and Perennial Virant know what they’re doing when it comes to first-rate brunch. So it’s not surprising at all that they’ve cooked up another stellar brunch program at Balena, the latest restaurant to join the brunch […]

GT Fish & Oyster Lobster Boils, Balena Happy Hour, Whiskey Sour Day: Weekday Planner

GT Fish & Oyster Lobster Boils, Balena Happy Hour, Whiskey Sour Day: Weekday Planner Lobster Boils at GT Fish & Oyster Cling to summer with a taste of the beach. GT Fish & Oyster’s weekly lobster boils are a refreshing, beachy experience, available every Wednesday. Served family-style, in true lobster boil form, the feast includes […]

Mother’s Day Dining Guide

Mother’s Day Dining Guide: Mother’s Day Dining Guide: Chicago Mother’s Day brunch is a serious matter. You can’t just serve toast on a plate and call it breakfast-in-bed. As the biggest brunch holiday of the year, it’s vital to get Mother’s Day brunch done right. Fortunately, you can’t walk one block without hitting a Mother’s Day […]

First Taste: Nonna’s

First Taste: Nonna’s I take my eggplant Parmesan very seriously. Need I remind you about the come-to-Jesus moment I had upon eating a recent eggplant Parm sub in Chicago? It’s a food I hold especially near and dear to my heart, so I flip at the chance to try a new version when they pop […]

‘Tis the Season for Opulence With White Truffles At Restaurants

Snowflakes aren’t the only white things fluttering around these days. White truffles are in-season, and the lavish ingredients are lending an opulent hand to doughnuts, pizzas, and more. (White truffle doughnut in action at Do-Rite Donuts) For those with money to burn and no people they care to spend holiday money on, then the $99 […]

Guest Chefs Descend on TWO and The Bristol

The phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen” does not apply when the cooks in question are top-tier talents serving as guest chefs for a night. Such is the case at two upcoming dinner events in Chicago, one hosted byTWO Restaurant and the other by The Bristol. Each restaurant welcomes a culinary delegate for a night, accentuating […]

Michael Ruhlman Comes to Dinner at Balena and The Bristol

Guess who’s coming to dinner? Michael Ruhlman, that’s who. This esteemed food writer and TV personality is headed to Balena and The Bristol on September 17 to celebrate his latest book, Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing. The prolific food guru is known for his appearances on such shows as Iron Chef America, Cooking Under Fire, and No Reservations, and his […]