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Chicago’s Best Brunch 12-5-14 at Avec

Avec,  Chicago’s Best Brunch 12-5-14     Love it or malign it, brunch is not going anywhere. Unlike fleeting trends like Cronuts and ramen burgers, brunch is an indelible pastime firmly entrenched in urban living. It’s as much a part of Chicago culture as scoffing at the Cubs and gawking at the Bean. Chicago is filled […]

Booze, Cocoa, and Gigantic Candy Canes at These Holiday Parties

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and overindulgence, and bars and bakeries don’t disappoint with this upcoming roster of seasonal shindigs. (There will be chocolate, candy canes, and motorcycles at All Chocolate Kitchen’s upcoming soiree) The holidays are all about family and being thankful. Scratch that, they’re more about chocolate and overindulgence. Which is why […]

Brunch Bites: Fall Brunch at The Bristol and Brunch Beats at Howells & Hood

(Get your brunch with a side of blues at Howell’s & Hood. Photo: Chelsea Ross) One of the most solid brunch programs in town can be found at The Bristol. The restaurant has a way of pushing brunch boundaries in a subtle way so as to dazzle the diner without clobbering them over the head […]

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 […]

Think Outside the Pie With This Pumpkin Bucket List at Local Restaurants

Pumpkin pie is all well and good, but there’s more to fall eating than pie crust. With pumpkins at their seasonal apex, here’s a roundup of some unconventional pumpkin creations on restaurant menus around Chicago.   Everyone loves a good pumpkin pie. It’s quintessential fall comfort at its best, and rightfully so. The period of […]

Make Room for Dessert Dinner

The Chicago Fine Chocolate & Dessert Show is just around the corner, taking place at Navy Pier October 18 through October 20, and to kick off the festivities a pastry chefs council is poised to host a Room for Dessert dinner at Storefront Company on October 14. Calling all chocoholics. It’s that time of year for […]

Tailgate Like a Pro With Lillie’s Q

When it comes to quintessential autumn experiences, it doesn’t get much better than tailgating. Especially when said tailgating includes Lillie’s Q. And the potential to eviscerate the New York Giants with your vitriolic words. On Thursday, October 10, all of this becomes a reality as the Chicago Bears go head-to-head with the New York Giants and […]

Brunch Bites: New Brunch Menu at Standard Market Grill and Coffee Cocktails at Trenchermen

In this week’s batch of brunch bites, a market-sourced Lincoln Park eatery rolls out a new brunch program, and an innovating restaurant implements coffee cocktails. “This little piggy goes to market” takes on entirely new meaning when you’re pigging out at Standard Market Grill, the new Lincoln Park restaurant sourcing its wares from Standard Market in Westmont. […]

Where to Eat Pig Skin During Football Season

While recreational pig skin season is in play, here are some of the top restaurants to eat pig skin in Chicago. When it comes to football fare, there really is nothing more apropos than pig skin. Sure, people tailgate and/or eat pizza, but pig skin dishes are really just more befitting considering footballs were notoriously […]

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 […]