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Gale Gand popping up all over

Pop over for a pop-up brunch with Chef Gale Gand from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Hearty in Lakeview. The James Beard Award-winning chef, co-founder of Streeterville’s Tru, will take over the Hearty Boys’ kitchen to feature dishes from her 2009 cookbook, “Gale Gand’s Brunch!” Autographed copies of the cookbook will […]

Eat this! Pappardelle, wide pasta from Tuscany

What it is: A wide, flat egg pasta cut into a broad, straight ribbon shape, pappardelle is a rustic noodle not quite as wide as lasagna. Where it comes from: The name pappardelle derives from the Tuscan dialect peppare, which means to gobble up one’s food. The pasta likely originated in Tuscany, where it was […]

Learn new takes on Passover traditions

Gear up for Passover at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, with Spertus Institute Chef Laura Frankel’s new takes on culinary traditions. Frankel, executive chef of kosher catering at Spertus and author of “Jewish Cooking for All Seasons” and “Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes,” will show how to turn the usual festival of starch and cholesterol into […]

14 uncommon ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2012

Just about every restaurant in Chicago does Valentine’s Day, even White Castle, so how’s a lover to choose? Most restaurants are serving special Valentine menus, love-themed libations and various perks to entice you in their doors. With V-Day falling on Tuesday, celebrations have already begun, and a variety of events and specials run through the […]

Learn to make paczki

Paczki Day is nearly here! This year the celebration takes place on Feb. 21. Why line up at a bakery for these Polish-style pastries when you can make your own? At 2 p.m. Feb. 19, Pastry Chef Dobra Bielinski of Delightful Pastries leads a class on making the filled doughnuts as well as “angel wings.” […]

Soup’s on in Bucktown

“Soup & Bread” starts up for a new year Jan. 4, serving six soups to a soundtrack by DJ Treetop Lover.

Gear up for the holidays with sweet events

Why mess up your kitchen making holiday sweets when you can use somebody else’s? Local culinarians invite you to come into their kitchens for sweet cooking parties. Chocolatier Katherine Duncan hosts a truffle-making party from 6:30 to 9 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 8, at Katherine Anne Confections in Logan Square. Appetizers, wine and chocolate sampling are included […]

Five places to learn to cook with Chicago chefs

Cooking season is here. Time to tune up your cooking skills. These Chicago restaurants want to help you gear up for the holidays with culinary classes. Flip Crepes at the Chicago French Market in the West Loop team demos the art of the French crepe in a “Sweet and Savory Couples Crepe Class” at 10 […]

Veg out with Chicago cooking classes

The queens of Chicago vegetarian cuisine, Karyn Calabrese, owner of Karyn’s Fresh Corner in Lincoln Park and Karyn’s Cooked in River North, and vegan columnist Kay Stepkin, former owner of Chicago’s first vegetarian restaurant, launch a series of raw and cooked vegan food preparation classes in Calabrese’s new state of the art studio kitchen. Students […]

Eat this! Bricole, an Italian answer to hard times

What it is: Bricole is the Italian word for breadcrumbs, which were historically used as a seasoning in northern Italian cuisine. Sometimes called “poor man’s Parmigiana,” they represent “cucina povera,” the cookery of poverty, at its most frugal, according to Pamela Sheldon Johns, author of “Cucina Povera: Tuscan Peasant Cooking.” “Women would save every breadcrumb […]