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Katherine Anne hosts sweet preview

Katherine Anne Confections in Logan Square launches 14 of its latest truffles and caramels with a preview tasting party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27. Along with the sweet samples, your $30 ticket also gets you wine and savory snacks from Pilsen’s Fig Catering. The treats include: Blackberry lavender truffle: semisweet chocolate, market […]

7 places to find hamantaschen and other Purim goodies

Beginning at sunset, Saturday, Feb. 23, area Jews will celebrate the festival of Purim, perhaps the most boisterous on the Jewish calendar, a Mardi Gras-like celebration marked by costume parties and gift giving. As with many Jewish holidays, Purim commemorates yet another occasion when somebody tried but didn’t quite succeed to wipe out the Jews […]

February: All chocolate, all the time

Can’t get enough of that Valentine’s Day chocolate? Chef Carol Wallack’s got your number. Through the end of February, at her restaurant, Sola in North Center, she’s serving a three-course prix fixe with chocolate in every course. Things start off with a salad of arugula, shallots and candied ginger dressed with cocoa nib-balsamic vinaigrette. The […]

Two days to celebrate paczki in Chicago!

In Poland, today is Tlusty Czwartek or Fat Thursday, otherwise known as Paczki Day (say “POONCH-key”). In the U.S., though, many Poles celebrate on Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras, which will be next week. Chicagoans are lucky — we get to observe both days! Thousands of Polish Chicagoans as well as other pastry […]

Friday food porn: Dark and sweet

Today is National Chocolate Cake Day! This layered beauty, from Benny’s Chophouse in River North, was inspired by one made by Pastry Chef Aaron Lindgren’s l grandmother Flo. The moist, three-layer devil’s food cake starts with cocoa, heated with vanilla bean and water, and finishes with rich sour cream frosting made from a blend of […]

Learn to dip with Kate

Zed451 in River North hosts a pre-Valentine’s Day cooking class. Reservations required.

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 […]

Friday food porn: The icing on the cake

Is this how they do it at The French Pastry School?

Chicago chefs’ top 10 recipes of 2012

Pies and lobster dishes were among our most popular recipes of last year, showing that despite straitened times, cooks are still looking for a little indulgence. On the other hand, two pasta dishes also made the list, so they’re economizing, too. Here are Dining Chicago’s 10 most clicked-on local chefs’ recipes of 2012. Which were […]

Eat this! Pecan pie, an American favorite

What it is: A fall and winter favorite, pecan pie falls into the category of sugar pies, featuring a sugary custard filled with pecan halves. Where it comes from: Pecans are indigenous to North America. Pecan pie, surprisingly, dates only to the late 19th century. Nutless sugar pies are older, but the first recipes adding […]