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Friday food porn: Go wild in Glen Ellyn

Glen Prairie in Glen Ellyn goes wild this weekend with wild boar and lamb meatloaf. The special, served through Sunday, Aug. 4, after 5 p.m., comes with whipped potatoes, mushroom gravy, baby carrots and fresh green beans, $22.

Something special for this weekend

I get a lot of notices about various specials that different restaurants are running. I don’t use many of them — most restaurants have specials all the time, and they’re often not very, well, special. For example, half the restaurants in town will have fish and chips on the menu tomorrow. These, however, sounded especially […]

10 great last-minute options for New Year’s Eve in Chicago

New Year’s Eve is one of those difficult dining nights. Everybody’s jamming in, and restaurants try to turn the tables as fast as possible to pack ’em all in. Many places don’t offer their regular menus, but only an abbreviated list of pricey set menus; places that don’t ordinarily require reservations may want them, and […]

Cook with Chicago’s best chefs

Brush up your summer cooking skills with local chefs. Upcoming classes at Chicagoland restaurants concentrate on picnic favorites, or go all in for a serious seminar on chocolate. Chef Michael Ponzio at Rosebud on Taylor in Little Italy demonstrates classic Italian dishes including tomato and burrata salad, paccheri barese (lamb sausage, rapini, spicy garlic and […]

What chefs don’t learn in culinary school

“I didn’t realize I was going to get screamed at for 10 years of my life,” says Sean Sanders of Browntrout in North Center. Sanders is one of nine Chicago-area chefs who recounted the surprises that await culinary workers once they leave cooking school in a recent Chicago Sun-Times article.

Eat this! Five fabulous spring recipes

It’s nearly spring, and in honor of today’s gorgeous weather, we’re looking ahead to the season. Fresh radishes, asparagus, spinach, peas and other spring produce are on their way. Try these seasonal recipes from Chicago restaurants. The Signature Room at the 95th, Streeterville, Spring vegetable bruschetta. Glen Prairie, Glen Ellyn, Asparagus appetizer. Elate, River North, […]

Friday food porn: Dinner and a show

Part of the $29 three-course Pre-Theater Dinner at Waterleaf Restaurant on the College of DuPage campus in Glen Ellyn, tender crab cakes served with cucumber tartar sauce and micro green salad are one of several starter options. For patrons of the McAninch Arts Center, as well as other early diners, the Pre-Theater Dinner menu is […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

Eat this! Dodine, haute cuisine for the holiday table

An elegant dish out of French haute cuisine.

12 Christmas dinners in Chicagoland, 2011

Whatever your budget, there’s a Christmas Day dinner for you in the Chicago area.