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Food and fun for the whole family

Have fun with the whole family this summer and fall with these kid-friendly celebrations. Don’t have any kids? Borrow some! The kids will dye for Hotel Lincoln’s free “Tie-Dye Party in the Park” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10. Children and parents can make their own tie-dye garments during this offbeat celebration of […]

18 Passover 2013 ideas in Chicago

Does Bubbe need a little help this Passover? Whether you’re hosting a seder at home, want to enjoy it in a restaurant or just want a taste of the holiday before the real thing begins, area chefs are prepared to assist. Reservations and advance orders strongly recommended. Bebe’s Eatery at the Chicago French Market offers […]

Happy New Year! 14 eateries for the Jewish High Holidays

No need to fuss over fixing meals for the Jewish High Holidays — restaurants will do it for you. A variety of Chicago eateries are prepared to serve traditional-style menus for the two nights of the Rosh Hashana, dinner preceding Yom Kippur and suppers for breaking your fast afterwards. Unless otherwise mentioned, Rosh Hashana menus […]

Friday food porn: Middle Eastern delight

A lovely cool meal for hot nights, the vegetarian combination plate at Pita Inn in Glenview, Skokie and Wheeling features hummus, baba ghannouj, tabbouleh, falafel, stuffed grape leaves and Jerusalem salad, served with house-made pita bread, $6.99. After sunset during Ramadan, which began last night and continues through Aug. 18, expect to see many Muslim […]

9 places to celebrate Passover 2012 in Chicago

Passover, the Jewish commemoration of the Biblical Exodus, begins at sunset Friday, April 6. If you don’t have a seder to go to, a variety of local restaurants stand ready to provide you with traditional holiday fare. Many provide Passover meals to go as well, but call now to order. Mity Nice on the Magnificent […]

Top 10 Chicago chefs’ recipes for 2011

Our top 10 recipes from Chicago chefs.

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

8 great holiday entertaining recipes from Chicago chefs

Holiday cooking and entertaining season has come upon us. If you’re looking for new ideas for your own holiday parties or dishes to take along to friends’, try these terrific recipes from Chicago chefs. Lillie’s Q, Wicker Park, pimento cheese, a Southern party spread. Shokran, Irving Park, zaalouk, Moroccan eggplant spread. Rhapsody, Loop, arancini, Italian […]

Happy 40th anniversary, Lettuce Entertain You

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, perhaps the single most influential company in Chicago restaurant history, celebrates its 40th anniversary on Friday, June 10, at the place that started it all, R.J. Grunts in Lincoln Park. Burgers will be $1.50 in tribute to the original 1971 price, and a DJ will spin ’70s tunes all day and […]

Eat this! Gefilte fish, the Jewish aphrodisiac

What it is: A traditional Jewish dish, gefilte fish are balls or cakes of seasoned minced fish simmered in fish stock and served chilled. The fish could be any kind that’s available. Historically, inexpensive carp was often used; Schafer Fisheries in Thomson, Ill., exports millions of pounds of Asian carp from the Mississippi to Israel […]