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Brunch Bites: Internationally Inspired Restaurant Brunch Menus Beget Masa Pancakes, Polenta Griddle Cakes, and More

Brunch is a booming business in Chicago Restaurants, and it can be hard to navigate the ins and outs, especially when so many strollers are blocking the way. Each week we highlight some of the most notable brunch news and dining happenings around town. Here are your latest brunch bites.   (Polenta griddle cakes. Photo: […]

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, […]

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 […]

Chicago celebrates the tomato

Red, ripe and juicy … it’s the height of fresh tomato season, and local restaurants are celebrating. At 2 Sparrows in Lincoln Park, Chef Gregory Ellis host a five-course tomato dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, featuring an array of tomato varieties in an heirloom tomato salad with basil seed vinaigrette, shaved pecorino and […]

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 […]

65 Chicago places to eat Thanksgiving dinner, 2011

North Side, South Side or in the Chicago suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicagoland restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry out — several days’ notice is typically required. […]

Octo-beer events in Chicagoland

Four fabulous fall beer tastings: City Provisions in Ravenswood, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. No cover. On Oct. 18, City Provisions hosts a release party for Chicago’s Finch’s Beer Co.’s Slackjawed Dunkel, a beer brewed with smoked malt and raw honey from Chef Cleetus Friedman’s […]

Friday food porn: Cool, slick pleasure

Carlucci in Downers Grove serves this traditional Italian dessert, a light, molded vanilla cream, with fresh summer berries and raspberry sauce, $5.95.

Top 10 Chicagoland Father’s Day freebies for 2011

Have a ball with your dad this Father\’s Day, and enjoy free giveaways from Chicago restaurants.

More free food and fashion

      Start your summer in style at Carlucci’s annual summer kickoff party, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Enjoy an exclusive fashion show on the Downers Grove patio featuring the spring and summer collection from rising Chicagoland designer Britney Devaris, showcasing swimwear and cover-ups, casual looks and cocktail clothes. The event includes […]