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Party with great Chicago chefs

More than 40 of Chicago’s great chefs will be cooking up their specialties in the 21st annual Great Chefs Tasting Party, one of the premiere grazing galas of the season. The benefit for United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago takes place beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, June 10, in the Ballroom of the

Chefs Come Out to “Play” for Charity

There’s just something so quaint and lovely about a charity event titled “Chefs’ Playground.” On May 16, a myriad of top chefs from across the country will converge at Terzo Piano to partake in said Playground, an inaugural charity event benefitting the Academy for Global Citizenship. The AGC is a Chicago public charter school on the southwest […]

‘Cabaret for a Cause’ aids uninsured women

River North is the place to be on Thursday, May 9, when The Redhead Piano Bar hosts “Cabaret for a Cause” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Hear the song stylings of diva Frieda Lee, enjoy food and drinks, and have the satisfaction of know that it’s all in support of an important cause. With the […]

Hey, kids! The Wienermobile is coming!

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will among some 20 full-size trucks on hand at the Kohl Children’s Museum’s eighth annual “Touch A Truck” event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge, 670 W. Frontage Road, Northfield, Ill.. Kids can climb aboard full-sized trucks in a completely safe environment during […]

Chefs cook up ocean trash for benefit dinner

Continung the concept of Earth Day every day, at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 20, Chef Paul Fehribach of Big Jones in Andersonville hosts a “trash fish” dinner highlighting sustainable but rarely used species such as dogfish, smelt, speckled trout and triggerfish, which are typically discarded by fishermen as bycatch. Joining Fehribach in creative uses […]

Spaghetti and opera rock at Monastero’s

“Opera Rocks” at Monastero’s in Sauganash at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, when Verismo Opera Theater presents a gala operatic greatest-hits evening. The event features a concert of arias and duets from “Carmen,” “La Boheme,” “Madame Butterfly,” “Marriage of Figaro,” “Pearl Fishers,” “Werther,” “Susannah” and more, with singers including Verismo tenor Bradley Schuller, mezzo sopranos […]

Chefs celebrate 17 years of girl power!

The 17th Annual Girl Food Dinner brings together some of Chicago’s top chefs — who happen to be female — for an evening of food and wine in support of the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s fight to end hunger in Cook County. The dinner, hosted by Chef Susan Goss and Drew Goss, takes places at […]

Flip over free flapjacks Tuesday

Mallory Hagan, Miss America, fries flapjacks for National Pancake Day at IHOP. Area IHOP restaurants will serve free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Diners are invited to donate; the chain hopes to raise $3 million. All donations will […]

Six superior soup spots for January in Chicago

January, as you may know, is National Soup Month. Even though the weather is mild this week, you know more cold is coming. Here are a few places to warm up with satisfying soups. 2 Sparrows in Lincoln Park goes global a different meal in a bowl each week at lunch. Chef Gregory Ellis highlights […]

Friday food porn: Four courses of indulgence

Peanut butter and jelly dacquoise features creamy peanut butter mousse and raspberry jam sandwiched between peanut meringue with salted peanut brittle. The dessert will be served as part of Chef Heather Terhune’s decadent four-course dessert and champagne event, 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Sable Kitchen & Bar in River North. Bartender Mike Ryan will […]