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Foodie forecast for 2013 predicts global cheap eats

The team behind River North’s Mercadito, Tavernita and Barcito, Double A and the soon to open Little Market Brasserie on the Near North Side recently issued their predictions for the restaurant industry in the coming year. Perhaps most surprising is Chef Ryan Poli’s forecast that there will be a move away from locally grown foods […]

10 Chicago New Year’s Day brunches

Stoke up after tonight’s excesses with a hearty brunch and a little hair of the dog that bit you. (Where does that phrase come from, anyway? Woof.) Zest Bistro at Lemon Tree Grocer in Downers Grove will be open to serve Chef Tim Canning’s brunch dishes including breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, Niman Ranch bacon, […]

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 […]