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Be a judge at the big rib cookoff

Watch some of Chicago’s barbecue mavens duke it out from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, outside Moonshine Brewing Company in Wicker Park, during the fifth annual “Rib-a-Que Smoke Out.” Restaurant chefs and amateurs alike will vie for $700, the title of “Smoke-out Champion” and the coveted Gilded Grill trophy. Each cook will prepare […]

Go fishing in the Loop and get a free meal

On Sundays through Sept. 25, you can vie to be one of a lucky quintet that gets to go fishing in the Chicago Cultural Center and have your catch fried up in a free dinner at South Water Kitchen. The fishy deal is part of “Jim Zimpel: Angle,” an interactive installation featuring artistically-crafted fishing rods, […]

Got your grill on?

The Windy City Rib Classic still has a few slots open for competitors in its barbecue contest. Founded by Barn & Company Pitmaster Gary Wiviott and Jared Leonard of Rub BBQ Company, the met takes place Aug. 12 at Theater on the Lake in Lincoln Park. Top prize is $1,000. Contest registration is $250.

Congratulations, Chicago pastry champs!

At the recent World Pastry Team Championships in Las Vegas, Team USA won best degustation and took second place overall. Led by team captain Donald Wressell, two of the team’s three chefs, Joshua Johnson and Scott Green, are from Chicago’s French Pastry School, as is team alternate, Della Gossett, a Charlie Trotter’s veteran, who cross-trained […]

They’re grilling in the Loop

More than a dozen downtown Chicago chefs will show off their skill on the grill from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, in the fifth annual “Chefs on the Grill” competition at Park Grill in Millennium Park. Each chef will cook a favorite grilled dish, and each participating restaurant will offer a paired cocktail. […]

Summer means seafood in Chicago

Seafood season is here! Shaw’s Crab House in River North and Schaumburg hosts its annual Lobster Fest through July 31, with a variety of specials, including New England-style lobster boil, featuring a cup of clam chowder or lobster bisque, 1-pound Maine lobster, corn on the cob, boiled red potatoes, coleslaw, and a slice of key […]

16 picks for Chicago Mardi Gras 2012

Laissez les bon temps rouler! It’s Mardi Gras tomorrow, the last hurrah before Lent. Revel Chicageaux-style on Fat Tuesday at these bars and restaurants. Heaven on Seven features all its usual Cajun and Creole specialties, plus live music: Steve Rohbock & Band in Naperville, Professor John on Rush Street and the Chicago Jazz Collective on […]

20 years of Woodstock’s ‘Groundhog Day’

It’s been two decades since the Bill Murray comedy “Groundhog Day,” filmed in Woodstock, Ill., was released. Since then, the film has gained a cult following that attracts fans to the picturesque exurb again and again, especially for its annual festivities around Feb. 2. This year, Woodstock is pulling out all the stops for its […]

13 spooktacular Halloween weekend events in Chicago

Costumes and specialty cocktails, pumpkins and beer. Halloween is for everybody — kids, adults, families and singles. Check out a few of the events going on this weekend around Chicago: Cactus Bar and Grill Halloween Benefit, Loop, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, free to attend, donations of canned goods encouraged. All-day celebration […]

Pandel vs. Izard in Chicago chefs’ cook-off

Chef Chris Pandel of the newly announced Balena in Lincoln Park squares off against challenger Stephanie Izard of Girl and the Goat in the West Loop square off in the “Quick Fire” challenge at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Perennial Virant in Lincoln Park. The competing chefs will use a hardwood grill and three […]