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Have a dog day with the Food Dude!

Hot dog! Gapers Block is gearing up for a Hot Dog Cookoff from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, outside Schubas Tavern in Lakeview. Chefs from Fat Rice, Harmony Grill, The Haute and the Dog, Kuma’s Corner, ManBQue and others will start with Vienna Beef wieners and turn them into exciting gourmet dog dishes […]

Aspiring young chefs: MTV wants you! Be a reality TV star

MTV plans to launch a new reality TV series, tentatively titled “Food School,” and you can star, as well as get a leg up for a culinary career. If you’ve always wanted to be a chef, here’s a weird way to start. Contestants in the show will live under one roof while being schooled in […]

Chocoholics: Enter by May 8 for sweet Mother’s Day contest

Think you bake a mean chocolate cake or a decadent chocolate mousse? Chocolate artist Alain Roby of All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva invites home cooks to honor their moms and enter the bakery’s “The Mother of All Foodies” recipe contest. By 5 p.m. Wednesday, enter your top chocolate dessert creation and you could win a […]

Rev up your wit, get a free restaurant guide

Printed restaurant guidebooks, especially those published only every two years, can’t hope to keep up with the timeliness and breadth of online guides like, well, ours. But it’s handy sometimes to have a little pocket-sized book in the glove compartment, something that doesn’t require connectivity to access. So we like the little red Zagat. Then, […]

Pastry chefs square off

Thomas Raquel of Acadia in the Loop competes against Melissa Coppel of Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolatier in Las Vegas, Chris Ford of Wit & Wisdom in Baltimore and Philip Speer of Uchi in Austin, Texas, in the Emmy award-winning Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition “Season Two: National Chefs.” In the show, four chef finalists make eight servings […]

Who’d be caught dead in Rosemont?

Fresco 21 in Rosemont is dying to know what you want for your final meal on earth. Submit your deathbed wish for three courses by Monday, Jan. 28. Chef Cameron Grant will cook the ultimate dinner for the winner who will also receive a one-night stay in the Presidential Suite at the adjoining InterContinental Chicago […]

Light meat? Dark meat? Turkey testicle?

Here’s a part of the turkey you probably won’t find on the Thanksgiving table — the testes! Never fear, though, you can man up for the holiday at Timothy O’Toole’s in Streeterville, which will hold its third annual Turkey Testicle Festival on Black Wednesday, Nov. 21. Buckets of balls (deep fried turkey testicles with your […]

Be the next food TV star!

  Your Face Here Think you have what it takes to host your own cooking show? The Food Network is casting its next season of “Food Network Star,” a reality-TV show in which contestants vie to win a series slot on the network. They’re looking for “top-notch culinary know-how, an infectious television-worthy personality and the […]

Dining for a cause or three

Eat, drink and contribute. BUY ONE, TAKE ONE, GIVE ONE. Through Wednesday, buy a classic pasta at any Maggiano’s restaurant and you’ll not only get one free, but Maggiano’s will make a meal donation to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity. BE SWEET TO THE KIDS. Through Dec. 31, every sale of mini […]

To meat or not to meat?

Burger maven Tim Canning, chef/owner of Zest Bistro and Lemon Tree Grocer in Downers Grove and raw food/vegan doyenne Karyn Calabrese of Karyn’s Fresh Corner in Lincoln Park face off Sunday, Oct. 21, in “Meat vs. Beet,” a cooking challenge to celebrate the grocery’s introduction of Karyn’s food products. The two chefs will showcase various […]