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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.

Dining Chicago:Get a Little French on Bastille Day

In case you’ve exhausted your yearly tolerance for fireworks, turn your attention to another Independence Day: Bastille Day! The French national holiday on July 14 is a little less raucous than the Fourth, meaning you can let loose and enjoy it without worrying about burning a limb. The best ways to celebrate France involve French […]

French chef’s fi fi fo foie gras!

See the fight to save foie gras on video with Jean Banchet, Paul Kahn and other Celebrity Chefs.   In June 2008, the city of Chicago repealed its short-lived and highly controversial ban on foie gras, the unctuously silky livers of poultry produced by force-feeding the birds for a few weeks before they’re butchered. Ever […]

Ambria fans: your fave is back — for one night only

Six years ago, fans were surprised and disappointed when Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises shut down its Lincoln Park fine-dining restaurant Ambria after 27 years. During Ambria’s tenure, its chef, Gabino Sotelino won the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef of the Midwest award in 1997, and his native Spain awarded him its Medalla al Merito Nacional, […]

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 […]

Seven great ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, which occurred during the 1862 Franco-Mexican War. In Mexico, it’s not nearly the celebration it is in Chicago, which makes it a festival kicking off the spring season. Of course, most Mexican eateries are offering May […]

29 last-minute Chicago ideas for Valentine’s Day 2013

Uh oh, you forgot to make Valentine’s Day reservations! We’ve got you covered. As of today, these restaurants were reporting they still had openings. You can make reservations right from within Dining Chicago, too. But hurry, we don’t guarantee they’ll still have openings. Aquitaine, French bistro, Lincoln Park. Bin 36 global, River North. Branch 27, […]

LM issues a passport to fun

Years and years ago, when I was a young budding foodie, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, then known for brilliantly quirky promotions of its wonderfully inventive restaurants, issued passports to its rather smaller eatery empire. If you got it stamped at seven of their restaurants (which in those days meant you had eaten at most of […]

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 ethnic Christmas dinners around Chicago

Every culture has its holiday traditions and in Chicago we can try most of them. Check out these ideas: Cuban: Chef Chico Vilchez at Nacional 27 in River North offers a pre-holiday look at Cuban Christmas traditions through Saturday, Dec. 22, with a four-course, prix-fixe menu, paired with wine. The meal starts with a tapas […]