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National Ice Cream Month Get The Scoop

National Ice Cream Month Get The Scoop   There’s valid reasons why people scream for ice cream. And it’s not only because that alliteration sounds smooth. In the heat of summer, there is nothing more sweetly satisfying than a cooling scoop of ice cream. And with July being National Ice Cream Month, there’s no better time to […]

Be Grateful for These Grateful Dead Specials

Be Grateful for These Grateful Dead Specials   The Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” at Soldier Field begets restaurant specials all over town.     The Grateful Dead is on some sort of huge farewell tour, a la Cher, but for real. The band is performing at Soldier Field July 3 through 5, and along […]

World Gin Day, Dose Market, Breakfast Gin Release: Weekend Planner

World Gin Day, Dose Market, Breakfast Gin Release: Weekend Planner: As you surely already know, World Gin Day is June 13, which of course merits drinking copious amounts of gin and tonics. If you’re looking to partake, you can’t do any better than Sable Kitchen & Bar, where head bartender John Stanton presides over a […]

Amy Morton of Found Started At Morton’s Steak House

Amy Morton Of  Found Fosters a True Sense of Community Amy Morton   Matt Kirouac: For you, how does the hospitality industry dovetail with your altruistic philosophies for giving back and supporting the community?                         Amy Morton : Being involved in the hospitality world and […]

Friday food porn: Ripe and luscious

The final days of fresh, local, summer fruits are upon us — make the most of them. Chef Mark Grosz’s luscious salad of ripe Michigan peaches layers them with prosciutto, thinly sliced Manchego cheese, red onion, fennel, arugula, toasted almonds and a drizzle of sherry vinaigrette, $15 at French restaurant Oceanique in Evanston.

Brunch Bites: New Bargain Brunch Series at Under the Table, Specials at Kanela

Brunch in Chicago is always full of surprises. One day you might be enjoying a multi-course under-the-radar brunch from a pop-up restaurant in Evanston, and the next you might be binging on free monkey bread in Old Town. Under the Table is currently offering a special deal via Gilt City for its brunch menu. The clandestine pop-up […]

A taste of South Africa pops up in Evanston

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Mixing and matching — learn from Chicago’s best

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 […]

10 uncommon Mother’s Day 2013 options in Chicago

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 […]

Carlo Lamagna Pops Up in Evanston With “Twisted Filipino” Cuisine

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 […]