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Pig out on truly local pork

Local pork, Italian wines and Asian cuisine come together Thursday, Nov. 8, at PL8 Simply Asian in Barrington. And when they say local, they really mean local. The pork comes from Barrington Natural Farms, just 10 minutes from the restaurant. PL8 owner Ed Culleeney and Chef Sean Grady personally picked out the Berkshire hog for […]

Gung hay fat choy! 8 Chicago Asian New Year celebrations

Get ready for the Year of the Dragon! With dragon parades and lion dances, clashing cymbals and banging drums, firecrackers and a plethora of traditional foods, the Asian Lunar New Year explodes into Chicago this week with a variety of events at restaurants and around town. 2012 also marks the 100th anniversary of Chicago’s Chinatown. […]

Seven free wine tastings in Chicago

Drink up, Chicago. It’s free! Wine lovers can sample a variety of vintages at these tastings.

Friday food porn: Cool roll

Mod maki: The “Triple K.C.” roll at Japanese/Chinese newcomer Pl8 Simply Asian in Barrington combines smoked and fresh Scottish salmon with crabmeat and cream cheese, surrounded by thin slices of cool cucumber, cut into wheels and finished with a drizzle of sweet rice wine emulsion and a sprinkling of sesame seeds, $10.

Five places to drink free wine in the Chicago area

These Chicagoland wine shops host weekly free wine tastings where you’re welcome to sip and sample highlighted vintages. Just Grapes, West Loop, 2–4 p.m. Saturdays. Red & White, Bucktown, 2–5 p.m. Saturdays. Schaefer’s, Skokie, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays. Taste Food and Wine, Rogers Park, 6–7:30pm Mondays and Fridays. Wine Discount Center, Clybourn Corridor, Barrington, Forest […]