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Catalina Wine Mixer Part 2, Spring Saturday Supper: Weekend Planner

Catalina Wine Mixer Part 2:   Catalina Wine Mixer Part 2 After you’ve sufficiently boozed and shred on Friday, relax with a leisurely prix fixe Saturday supper at Birchwood Kitchen. Taking place from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., the spring-inspired dinner features choice of starter, with options like sweet pea soup and goat cheese galette, followed […]

A Splash of San Francisco in Chicago

A Splash of San Francisco in Chicago   San Francisco may be a country away from Chicago, but thanks to a couple new bar openings of late, the City by the Bay is feeling mighty close. First was Lost Lake, a new tiki bar with distinct ties to San Fran, then came Presidio, a Bucktown […]

Stephanie Izard’s Pizza, National Pisco Day and Sunday Supper: Weekend Planner

Stephanie Izard’s Pizza:   Weekend Planner February 6-8: No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in Chicago. Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend.   Eat Stephanie Izard’s Pizza at Piece Piece Pizzeria & Brewery continues its guest chef pizza series with a particularly salacious one […]

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 […]