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Brunch Bites: Appellation and Carnivale

Brunch Bites: Appellation and Carnivale SEE FULL STORY Your newest destination for brunch is Appellation, the adjoining wine bar and restaurant at Pastoral’s newest location in Andersonville. The handiwork of chef Jesse Williams, Appellation’s brunch menu is a seamless extension of the restaurant’s dinner menu, which serves to highlight a sense of place and terroir […]

50 Shades of Dining

50 Shades of Dining: 50 Shades of Dining: A cheesy adult novel about S&M fantasy isn’t the first thing I’d expect to translate to a dinner menu, but I’m not one to judge. As the feverishly popular 50 Shades of Grey prepares for its theatrical release on Valentine’s Day, a couple restaurants are serving up aphrodisiacal brunch […]

An Ina’s Brunch Revival and Festive New Brunch at Carnivale

An Ina’s Brunch Revival In this week’s batch of brunch bites, Ina Pinkney sort of comes back from retirement but not really, and Carnivale kicks off brunch on March 16. Has the closing of Ina’s left a gaping void where your heart used to be? You’re not alone. Fortunately, Ina Pinkney has quietly been making the rounds […]

Mardi Gras Dining and Drinking Guide in Chicago

Mardi Gras, a time to fatten up on binge-worthy food and booze before a time of repentance and sacrifice. Or just an excuse to engage in raucous frivolity before continuing to live your life as normal. Either way, Mardi Gras, which takes place March 4, is a rollicking good time filled with New Orleans-inspired food […]