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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 […]

Walk to end hunger in Edgewater

We spend a lot of time talking about food here at Dining Chicago — celebrity chefs and elaborate dinners and luxurious restaurants — but we also remember that there are Chicagoans out there who can’t partake of that bounty, who don’t know where their next meal, however humble will come from. There is real hunger […]

Green Tie Ball brings together scores of top Chicago chefs

Gateway Green Board of Directors member David Lissner, aka Dining Chicago’s Food Dude, shares the list of restaurants participating in Saturday’s Green Tie Ball in Lincoln Park. There are still a few tickets left for this year’s gala, always one of the premiere charity feeds of the season. This year’s lineup includes chefs from: 312 […]

The Art of Pizza at Floriole: Chicago

You know those killer pizzas Floriole Cafe & Bakery serves on Friday and Saturday evenings? Well now you get to make your own, and regardless of your pizza skills, it will taste delicious because it’s all for a good cause. On September 19, Floriole rolls out an Art of Pizza event benefitting Gilda’s Club Chicago. SEE FULL STORY […]

Ham is the new pink

Put on your pink and head to Tavernita this Sunday for “Bacon and H.A.M” brunch. From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., enjoy a four-course sharing menu plus one cocktail for $18.50. Brunch choices include French Toast with ginger whipped cream, mango and vanilla sauce; Belgian Waffle with fried egg, candied bacon, and maple syrup; chilaquiles […]

Quartet of Mexican cuisine’s top chefs to gather in Chicago

Mexico City chef Jorge Vallejo (Quintonil) and New York City’s Alex Stupak (Empellon) join Chicagoans Carlos Gaytan (Mexique) and Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill and others) for a two-day celebration of contemporary Mexican cuisine, “Mod Mex,” Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, at Frontera Grill in River North. Saturday’s event, “Mod Mex: The New Face […]

Taste of the Nation brings a bevy of Chicago chefs to Navy Pier

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation 2013 benefit feed comes to Navy Pier Wednesday, Aug. 14, with nearly 100 Chicago chefs and mixologists stirring up the action. The fundraiser works to stop childhood hunger. R.J. Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises chairs the event, so Lettuce restaurants such as HUB 51, Paris Club, Bub […]

Food and fun for the whole family

Have fun with the whole family this summer and fall with these kid-friendly celebrations. Don’t have any kids? Borrow some! The kids will dye for Hotel Lincoln’s free “Tie-Dye Party in the Park” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10. Children and parents can make their own tie-dye garments during this offbeat celebration of […]

Kahan, Roby and Melman honored by Chefs Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Chicago chefs Paul Kahan and Alain Roby and restaurateur Richard Melman! The three culinary greats will be this year’s inductees into the Chicago Culinary Museum Chefs’ Hall of Fame. Kahan is the executive chef and co-owner of avec, Blackbird and three other Chicago restaurants. Guinness Award-winning pastry chef Roby owns All Chocolate Kitchen […]

Have a dog day with the Food Dude!

Hot dog! Gapers Block is gearing up for a Hot Dog Cookoff from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, outside Schubas Tavern in Lakeview. Chefs from Fat Rice, Harmony Grill, The Haute and the Dog, Kuma’s Corner, ManBQue and others will start with Vienna Beef wieners and turn them into exciting gourmet dog dishes […]