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Congratulations, Mark Seaman, Certified Master Sugar Artist

Award-winning Chicago cake artist Mark Seaman of Marked for Dessert in Ravenswood racked up yet another prize at the 36th annual International Cake Exploration Societe’s recent convention in Charlotte, N.C. After an eight-hour exam in which he built and decorated a three-tiered fondant-covered cake, a one-tiered buttercream cake and a sugar showpiece, Seaman was awarded […]

Top 10 Chicagoland Father’s Day freebies for 2011

Have a ball with your dad this Father\’s Day, and enjoy free giveaways from Chicago restaurants.

10 delicious things to do in Chicago Memorial Day weekend

Summertime at last! Is there anywhere better than Chicago to spend Memorial Day weekend? We don’t think so. Here are just a few of the things to do this weekend. Watch the Chicago Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade in the Loop, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, free. After the opening ceremony at the […]

‘Food on the Dole’ now a salon

Chicago chef Hugh Amano, the blogger behind “Food on the Dole,” has launched a series of culinary salons. “Basically, I want people to have a combination of lesson/underground dinner/community building social engagement, all based around well-crafted food,” he says. Held in a private home in Lincoln Square, the events are open to six people per […]

Six Chicago spots for celebrating Cinco de Mayo

  Cinco de Mayo celebrates the May 5, 1862, victory of the Mexican army over occupying French troops at the Battle of Puebla. Why have a fiesta here? The defeat kept the French from joining forces with the Confederates during the American Civil War. And why not? Here are a few places to celebrate around […]

Free cooking demos and food samples at Chicago French Market

Sample market foods and learn how to use them at the Chicago French Market in the West Loop at upcoming events. Chef Randy Zweiban of Province visits the market at noon tomorrow to demonstrate an easy-to-make-at-home recipe using only market ingredients. You can watch and sample free. And from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, […]

Oil up rusty recipes at Chicago Passover class

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in the Loop wants you to tune up your holiday cooking at “Passover Boot Camp,” a one-evening holiday crash course from Chef Laura Frankel at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.

Make the most of maple-tapping time

Spring is here and nature’s sharing her bounty. Gather up the kids and show them how sweet it can be at a family-friendly class on the making on maple syrup.

Nine ways to spend Valentine’s weekend in Chicago

“Yes, Valentine’s Day is this month, and we will be celebrating with all the city’s lovebirds, but why pin the ‘amour’ to only one day?” asks Chef Carol Wallack of Sola> in North Center and we agree. We got 150 press releases about Valentine’s Day, and you can bet that just about every eatery in […]

Chicago chefs show off at indoor farmers’ market

Green City Market, now housed in its Lincoln Park indoor winter quarters for twice monthly Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., through April 23, offers local, sustainably grown produce and cooking demos from Chicago chefs: Upcoming participants include: Jan. 16: 9 a.m. Larry Donohue, Mity Nice Grill, Magnificent Mile 11 a.m. Ben Sheagren, Hopleaf, […]