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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 […]

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 […]

Six spots for chicken in September

September is National Chicken Month. Check out these birds: Rustic House in Lincoln Park roasts free-range organic chickens with rosemary, thyme and garlic and offers them to go with sides such as roasted garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, 3-cheese potato gratin, brussel sprouts with pancetta and thyme and sauteed spinach with garlic. The take-out spread […]

French fare for a cause

Chef Jean Joho will host the first annual “No Kid Hungry” Dinner — Chicago at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at Everest in the Loop. Jacques Torres of Jacques Torres Chocolate in New York joins Joho to prepare a multi-course meal with a cause. The “No Kid Hungry” campaign works to ensure that kids across the […]

Chicago restaurants remember Julia Child

Food Dude David Lissner interviews Julia Child during a 1996 Dining Chicago show. The late doyenne of French cookery, Julia Child, would have been 100 years old on Wednesday, Aug. 15. At Old Town Social, Chef Jared Van Camp will celebrate that night with a three-course tribute dinner featuring dishes made from recipes out of […]

Happy birthday, Julia!

The late Julia Child, America’s best-known cook, would have been 100 years old on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Celebrate the occasion by digging out your copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and cooking up a Gallic storm, or make reservations at a French restaurant. In this video, Food Dude David Lissner interviews Child during […]

10 ways to fete Bastille Day in Chicago

Liberte, egalite, fraternite! The storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, marked the start of the French Revolution and, ultimately, the freedom of the French people to form a democratic government. Chicago’s Bastille Day events include: Bistronomic on the Gold Coast celebrates Friday through Sunday, July 13–15, with Chef Martial Noguier’s $39 Bastille […]

Eat this! Terrines, flavorful French molds

What it is: A highly flavored loaf of coarsely chopped meat, vegetables or seafood, often layered and served chilled, a terrine is typically served sliced, as an appetizer. It’s similar to pate, but terrines usually have distinct components, while pates are more finely ground and homogenous. Where it comes from: The dish is considered French, […]

International meals honor NATO nations

With the NATO Summit in Chicago, the coming weekend might seem like a good time to visit your favorite suburban restaurants, but if you haven’t yet checked out the NATO-inspired offerings of Chicago’s Culinary Crossroads, be sure to dine in the city sometime before May 25. Dozens of local eateries are participating, offering specials inspired […]

Five last-minute Chicago ideas for Mother’s Day

You do know it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday? Get on the phone now and make reservations. These places likely still have openings: Make it Italian Mother’s Day. Merlo Salumeria in Lincoln Park and Merlo on Maple on the Gold Coast offer three-course Mother’s Day dinners at $29 and $45 respectively. The Salumeria offers main courses […]