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Drink this! Sweet, hot and rummy

What it is: The chilly December weather calls for a warming drink: Hot buttered rum starts with a spiced, buttery “batter” blended with rum and hot water. Where it comes from: Hot buttered rum and similar rum toddies were created in Colonial America, and was a favorite tipple of 18th-century politicians, who reportedly plied prospective […]

Ten places to go on Black Wednesday, Chicago 2012

The eve of Thanksgiving has come to be called “Black Wednesday, ” suppose by extension from Black Friday, the post-holiday shopping day that — it’s to be hoped — puts retailers in the black. The pre-Thanksgiving night out gets people in a celebratory mood as they congregate with family and friends. Of course, maybe it’s […]

Barbecue and booze in the Loop

At “Friday Night Lights with Grills for a Cause” tomorrow, Sept. 21, at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel in the Loop, Chef Joe Pankrath pairs grilled fare and alcoholic libations. Drink pinot noir with smoked oysters and mussels with lemon aioli and smoked scallops served with foie gras and apple butter. Quaff Maestro Dobel Diamond […]

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 […]

You can still get some big pig

Labor Day may have come and gone, but pig-roast season continues. Upcoming porcine feasts include: Homestead in West Town will be serving a 100-pound spit-roasted pound Swabian Hall pig from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, with passed appetizers and sides, three Templeton Rye cocktails, sweets from West Town Bakery & Diner and more. […]

Friday food porn: Love is like a red, red drink

Named for British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who once boasted, “I’ve taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me,” the Churchill bloody mary, $12 at Old Town Pour House comes in a 20-ounce goblet filled with house-made bloody mix and Effen Cucumber, Tito’s Handmade, Stoli Hot or your preferred vodka, and […]

Prohibition is finally over in Evanston

Once the center of the country’s temperance movement, and dry for many years following the end of Prohibition, Evanston now boasts its own distillery, Few Spirits. Evanston’s Quince restaurant celebrates with a four-course, four-cocktail dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Chef Andy Motto’s menu uses several ingredients grown in Quince’s on-site garden, paired with […]

Eat this! Six hot recipes for summer in Chicago

Try some of our favorite hot-weather recipes for food and libations from local chefs and mixologists. LaSalle Power, River North, Cucumber watermelon salad, a great combination of sweet and savory flavors, with feta, paprika, cucumbers and watermelon. Texas de Brazil, River North and Schaumburg, Grape salad, a salad of fruit and gorgonzola that goes especially […]

10 ways to fete Bastille Day in Chicago

Liberte, egalite, fraternite! The storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, marked the start of the French Revolution and, ultimately, the freedom of the French people to form a democratic government. Chicago’s Bastille Day events include: Bistronomic on the Gold Coast celebrates Friday through Sunday, July 13–15, with Chef Martial Noguier’s $39 Bastille […]

Strawberry mojitos and more in River North

The name of the mojito, Ernest Hemingway’s favorite drink, comes from the African word mojo, which means a little magic spell. Traditionally, the cocktail contains white rum, sugar cane juice, lime juice, sparkling water and mint. But Nacional 27 in River North celebrates National Mojito Day” (Wednesday, July 11) for four days — Monday, July […]