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Free cheese tasting Monday

Taste a selection of exceptional artisan American cheeses from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Lux Bar on the Gold Coast in a free pop-up Cheese Salon from The Great American Cheese Collection. The event features John Loomis, owner of Zingermann’s Creamery in Ann Arbor, Mich., presenting bloomy rind cow and goat milk […]

Chicago celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau 2012

Beaujolais Nouveau arrives just after midnight the morning of Thursday, Nov. 15. The young red wine made from thin-skinned Gamay grapes, produced in the Beaujolais region of France, is released with great hoopla every autumn . Local restaurants are celebrating: Chez Moi in Lincoln Park celebrates with Chef Dominique Tougne’s prix fixe, including salade Lyonnaise […]

Lake Geneva Oktoberfest offers color, food, pumpkins

Take a ride up to Lake Geneva this weekend for gorgeous views of fall color. The lakefront tree displays, designed by top landscape architects such as Jens Jensen the designer of Chicago’s Columbus Park and other Chicago parks, offer glorious bursts of brilliant yellow, mellow orange and fiery reds. They’re expected to be at their […]

Friday food porn: Porked!

As if we needed proof that the bacon trend has reached its nadir, Bakers Square restaurants jump on the porcine bandwagon with the “Salty Hog,” a bacon-topped pie. A blue-ribbon winner at the American Pie Council’s 2011 National Pie Championships in Orlando, Fla., the pie has finally made it to the chain’s menus this month, […]

Ed’s throws a ’50s fest

Get out your poodle skirt, pack up the kids this weeekend and head to Ed Debevic’s in River North for the third annual Ed’s Fest, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. The indoor and outdoor event features 1950s inspired activities from a DJ to games including hula-hoop, a dunk tank and Mitchell’s Ice Cream […]

Two days of cheesecake celebrations

There appears to be a disagreement among bakers as to the date of National Cheesecake Day. That means the rest of us get two days of this cheesey but delectable holiday. Local favorite Eli’s Cheesecake in Dunning celebrates Thursday, July 26, giving away free slices from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. They’ll also have various […]

A free ‘Taste’ in the West Loop

City Fresh Market at the West Loop’s Chicago French Market hosts “Taste of City Fresh” from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, July 2. Unlike that other Taste, the food samples at this one are free.

Five fabulous Chicago Father’s Day ideas

Dad’s Day is coming up Sunday. Here are our picks for great Father’s Day gifts. Sign Dad up to learn the art of barbecue with Barn & Company Pit Master Gary Wiviott, author of “Low & Slow: Master the Art of Barbecue in 5 Easy Lessons.” Wivott’s Grill Master Series classes at the Lincoln Park […]

Free wine tonight in Streeterville

Drink up! Every Monday night from 5 to 7:30 p.m., David Burke’s Primehouse in Streeterville offers a free wine tasting with dinner. Tonight’s pour will be Woodward Canyon “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, 2009. Wine samples change weekly.

Cubs fans, here’s hope and free food

Ah, spring. The time when ever-optimistic Cubs fans still have hope for the season. Win or lose, you can celebrate with or take solace in free food this baseball season. Just show your Cubs ticket stub when you place your meal order and Wrigleyville’s Big Bricks (sibling to Bricks pizzeria in Lincoln Park) will throw […]