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Oktoberfest Tasting, Heirloom Tomato Dinner, Farmers’ Market: Weekday Planner:

Oktoberfest Tasting     SEE FULL STORY   Heirloom Tomato Dinner at Osteria Via Stato Summer isn’t over yet! Actually it is, hate to break it to you. But you can still cling to a bit of that sunshine at Osteria Via Stato‘s imminent heirloom tomato. The annual affair always makes for a nice summer […]

Tap Into Chicago Craft Beer Week 2015

Chicago Craft Beer Week 2015: Chicago Craft Beer Week takes place May 14 through May 24.   Can you smell the hops yet? It’s just about that time of year; the time when Chicagoans celebrate all things craft beer as part of a week-long celebration. The 6th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week takes place May […]

What to Eat Drink This Week: Eat Chestnuts at Sola, Eat Dough at Bar Toma, Burn Your Mouth Off at Jake Melnick’s, and Drink Beer at TWO

Dough Masters Dinner at Bar Toma: (Eat dough with this guy, Fabio Viviani) 1, Bar Toma‘s final Dough Masters dinner of the year takes place Monday, December 9, and they’re bringing out the big guns with the help of chef Fabio Viviani of Top Chef fame and not-too-far-away Siena Tavern. Drink at Beer Tasting and Passed Apps at TWO […]

Sausagefest in Daley Plaza

When it comes to Oktoberfest season in Chicago this year, the Wurst is the best. That’s The Wurst Festival, a sausagefest to end all sausagefests, taking place September 18 through September 20 in Daley Plaza. An homage to Chicago’s local and artisanal sausage scene, The Wurst Festival showcases the city’s finest encased meats made from sustainably […]

Chicago’s gum is No. 1

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales and Vienna Beef hot dogs and led to the invention of the brownie. The fair […]

Call for the corny

Attention chefs, restaurateurs, food scientists, academics and foodies: Are you seriously corny? The Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance wants to hear from you. The Chicago-based food-history group will host its sixth symposium Sept. 20 through 22 at the Kendall College School for Culinary Arts on Goose Island. The event will focus on Midwestern corn in all […]

Chicago’s shrimpy history, continued

While we’re indulging in Chicago seafood history this week, let’s talk about Chicago fried shrimp. Shacks serving breaded and fried shellfish have been a Chicago fixture since at least 1935, when Troha’s, a West Side beer and chili joint, added shrimp to the menu. Despite the introduction of shrimp DeJonghe at the turn of the […]

Early cookbooks started women toward power

The beginnings of the women’s movement were stirred up in the pages of cookbooks. Charity cookbooks, starting at the time of the Civil War, brought women together to champion causes such as suffrage, education, temperance, equal rights, working conditions, welfare, immigration and legal rights, as well as benefiting churches, schools, sororities, the homeless and others […]

Bite into the history of the Jewish deli

Jewish delicatessens such as Manny’s in the South Loop and Steve’s in River North are rare these days and getting more rare. That wasn’t always the case. Once, delicatessens were nearly as central to the Jewish-American experience as synagogues. Ted Merwin, associate professor of religion and Judaic studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., a […]

Find out about curry

What is Indian curry? Maybe not what you think. Chicago author and teacher Anupy Singla presents “What’s Your Hurry? Enjoy Our Curry!” an explanation of the intricacies of true Indian curries at a public meeting of the Culinary Historians of Chicago, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts on […]