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Quaff ‘The 12 Beers of Christmas’ at Chicago bars

Local watering holes are celebrating the season with a variety of yuletide-inspired seasonal brews. Check out the “12 Beers of Christmas” at these taverns and restaurants. AJ Hudson’s Public House in Lakeview hosts a “12 Beers of Christmas” beer school. Jon Lindemann of the Louis Glunz Beer Co. will guide you through a dozen samples, […]

Six Chicago restaurants teach you their secrets

Yes, you can cook! Learn from local chefs how to make their specialties at these cooking classes and eat the results. Mon Ami Gabi in Oak Brook’s cooking class offers instruction from Chef Bruce Williams, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in seasonal dishes including gazpacho, seared salmon with leek quinoa and citron butter and […]

More tomato feasts in Chicagoland

We’re crazy for tomatoes this month! Here are a few more tempting tomato dishes on offer, as local restaurants use the fresh harvest in everything from BLTs to pizzas. Agio Italian Bistro in Palatine offers a variety of dishes featuring locally grown tomatoes hand-selected by owner Joe Barrutia at the Palatine Farmers’ Market in Palatine. […]

Two days of cheesecake celebrations

There appears to be a disagreement among bakers as to the date of National Cheesecake Day. That means the rest of us get two days of this cheesey but delectable holiday. Local favorite Eli’s Cheesecake in Dunning celebrates Thursday, July 26, giving away free slices from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. They’ll also have various […]

Seek out this summer seafood

Things are a little fishy in Chicago this month. British Columbia’s pristine Skuna Bay is the home of one of the best-run salmon farms in North America. Ceres’ Table in Uptown hosts a Skuna Bay salmon dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Chef Giuseppe Scurato will match the Canadian salmon with fresh local ingredients […]

Cook with Chicago’s best chefs

Brush up your summer cooking skills with local chefs. Upcoming classes at Chicagoland restaurants concentrate on picnic favorites, or go all in for a serious seminar on chocolate. Chef Michael Ponzio at Rosebud on Taylor in Little Italy demonstrates classic Italian dishes including tomato and burrata salad, paccheri barese (lamb sausage, rapini, spicy garlic and […]

Five fabulous Chicago Father’s Day ideas

Dad’s Day is coming up Sunday. Here are our picks for great Father’s Day gifts. Sign Dad up to learn the art of barbecue with Barn & Company Pit Master Gary Wiviott, author of “Low & Slow: Master the Art of Barbecue in 5 Easy Lessons.” Wivott’s Grill Master Series classes at the Lincoln Park […]

Have a sweet time at camp this summer

Summertime … time to go to camp. Pastry camp! The French Pastry School in the Loop offers six sessions of week-long pastry classes this summer, featuring demonstrations by master chefs followed by hands-on participation with the chefs’ guidance. Campers taste and take home everything they make. Chef instructors are World Baking Champions Pierre Zimmermann and […]

Make the most of strawberry season at Epic class

Strawberry season is here! And Chef Mark Pollard of Epic in River North wants to help you make the most it. At 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26, Pollard will welcome home cooks to a lunch with cooking demonstration and tasting. Students in the $30 class will learn how to prep, cook and plate dishes from […]