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Booze, Cocoa, and Gigantic Candy Canes at These Holiday Parties

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and overindulgence, and bars and bakeries don’t disappoint with this upcoming roster of seasonal shindigs. (There will be chocolate, candy canes, and motorcycles at All Chocolate Kitchen’s upcoming soiree) The holidays are all about family and being thankful. Scratch that, they’re more about chocolate and overindulgence. Which is why […]

Chocoholics: Enter by May 8 for sweet Mother’s Day contest

Think you bake a mean chocolate cake or a decadent chocolate mousse? Chocolate artist Alain Roby of All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva invites home cooks to honor their moms and enter the bakery’s “The Mother of All Foodies” recipe contest. By 5 p.m. Wednesday, enter your top chocolate dessert creation and you could win a […]

Friday food porn: The art of Easter

Certified Master Chef Alain Roby of All-Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva created this masterpiece of spun sugar, along with a variety of other Easter confections, including handmade chocolate bunnies up to 2-1/2 feet tall, constructed of Grand-cru chocolate ($9.95–$225), sugar-blown robin’s nests with a chocolate truffle egg inside ($32), handmade chocolate eggs complete with sugar-blown bows […]

Sweet! Pastry Chef Roby racks up another world record

Award-winning pastry chef Alain Roby won his third Guinness World Record Saturday in Geneva, when he created the world’s largest candy cane. Certified Master Chef of Pastry and Sugar Artistry Roby pulled sugar down Third Street to make the giant holiday sweet, which stretched 51 feet from the Geneva Courthouse to his All Chocolate Kitchen. […]

Fashionable farro at Chicago restaurants

Have you tried farro? It’s the hottest thing since mashed potatoes. The new alternative to rice and spuds is finding its way onto menus all over town, as detailed in a recent article in the Chicago Sun-Times. “Farro” is the Italian word for an ancestor of wheat. This ancient grain, also known as “emmer” (Triticum […]

Where to find authentic Irish fare this St. Patrick’s Day

Corned beef and cabbage is not authentically Irish, says Nuala Kavanagh, who runs Bridie McKenna’s in Highwood. “In Ireland we eat Irish bacon and cabbage. Corned beef came into play when the Irish started to immigrate to America and they could not find the real true traditional Irish bacon and they used the inexpensive corned […]

Eat this! Five fish recipes for Lent

t’s Ash Wednesday, the start of the abstemious season of Lent. You might be giving up meat on Fridays, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. Check out these recipes from Chicago restaurants.

Sparkling holiday events in Chicago

Celebrate the holiday season with a bit of the bubbly. These Chicago restaurants are pouring out the frothy stuff: At 6 p.m. Dec. 8, Niche in Geneva offers a dinner focusing on Duval-Leroy champagnes, including tastings of 1980 vintages. Sommelier Vince Balistreri and guest speaker Arthur Silvente of Duval-Leroy will discuss the taste and terroir […]

65 Chicago places to eat Thanksgiving dinner, 2011

North Side, South Side or in the Chicago suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicagoland restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry out — several days’ notice is typically required. […]

Eat this! Cod, making slow recovery

What it is: Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), a lean mild-tasting fish, with large flakes and a medium texture. Often used in fish frys, it’s a good source of low-fat protein, phosphorus, niacin and vitamin B12. The fish reach lengths of 51 inches and weights of up to 77 pounds. Small, young cod (under 2½ pounds) […]