Learn how to join the cocktail culture this summer with these wine and spirits-laced classes. In the Alfresco Summer Cocktail Class at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Epic in River North, mixologist Michael Cristiani will show you how to mix a Sex Panther, with Bacardi Dragonberry, mango puree and club soda; a Mayan Horizon, featuring 10 [...]
Sure, you can follow the brunch bunch on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, but why not let mom sleep in and enjoy something different? Here are a few uncommon ways to celebrate with Mom this weekend. Start Mother’s Day weekend off by taking mom to a special Truffle Making Party at Katherine Anne Confections in [...]
by Matt Kirouac Carlo Lamagna is the latest chef to pop-up at Evanston’s clandestine Company, a small dining space designed spefically to host chef pop-up events and showcase under-the-radar talent. On April 8 and 9, the Perennial Virantsous chef will embrace his heritage via a “Twisted Filipino” dinner. The beauty of Company is that it affords all chefs [...]
National Corn Dog Day is coming up this Saturday, March 23. Where to get your fix of plump frankfurter encased in a coat of crisply fried cornmeal batter? Don’t head for the freezer aisle. These Chicagoland establishments dip their own. Fat Willy’s Rib Shack, Logan Square. Franks ’n’ Dawgs, Lincoln Park. Wiener and Still Champion, [...]
March is National Noodle Month! Think chow fun, chow mein, lo mein, pad Thai, pad kee mao, pho, ramen … yum! Try these spots for slurp-worthy versions of the slippery stuff. 1. Joy Yee’s Noodles, Chinatown, University Village, Evanston and Naperville. 2. Koi, Evanston. 3. Le Colonial, Near North Side. 4. Pho Xe Tang / [...]
Happy New Year, Chinese-style. The lunar new year, also celebrated by other Asians, including Vietnamese and Koreans, comes on Monday, heralding the Year of the Snake. A variety of symbolic foods feature during the celebrations, including a whole fish with head and tail intact, which stands for the hope of abundance in the coming year. [...]
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 [...]
Tomorrow is National Bologna Day! Buy a burger at Wiener and Still Champion in Evanston and, if you ask, they’ll put a free slice of country-fried bologna on top. What would Oscar Mayer say?
Cantonese crispy chicken, a bone-in half chicken marinated and fried, $13.99, one of the Yue cuisine dishes from Chef Mark Tsang, a native of Canton Province in southern China, at Koi 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 [...]