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February: All chocolate, all the time

Can’t get enough of that Valentine’s Day chocolate? Chef Carol Wallack’s got your number. Through the end of February, at her restaurant, Sola in North Center, she’s serving a three-course prix fixe with chocolate in every course. Things start off with a salad of arugula, shallots and candied ginger dressed with cocoa nib-balsamic vinaigrette. The […]

Friday food porn: Gung hay fat choy, Chicago!

Happy New Year, Chinese-style. The lunar new year, also celebrated by other Asians, including Vietnamese and Koreans, comes on Monday, heralding the Year of the Snake. A variety of symbolic foods feature during the celebrations, including a whole fish with head and tail intact, which stands for the hope of abundance in the coming year. […]

Two days to celebrate paczki in Chicago!

In Poland, today is Tlusty Czwartek or Fat Thursday, otherwise known as Paczki Day (say “POONCH-key”). In the U.S., though, many Poles celebrate on Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras, which will be next week. Chicagoans are lucky — we get to observe both days! Thousands of Polish Chicagoans as well as other pastry […]

Check out these 29 Chicago Valentine’s Day 2013 ideas

  Still looking for Valentine’s Day reservations? Dining Chicago Publisher David Lissner’s got your back. Take a look at his list of Chicago restaurant recommendations.

Say cheese for Valentine’s Day

Fromagier Giles Schnierle hosts a pre-Valentine’s Day “Cheese Market Plus” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at his Great American Cheese Collection Warehouse in Back of the Yards. Schnierle will be offering samples and selling nearly 100 cheeses, including a special Valentine’s Day cheese, Chocolate Chevre, a blend of dark chocolate and […]

Friday food porn: Dark and sweet

Today is National Chocolate Cake Day! This layered beauty, from Benny’s Chophouse in River North, was inspired by one made by Pastry Chef Aaron Lindgren’s l grandmother Flo. The moist, three-layer devil’s food cake starts with cocoa, heated with vanilla bean and water, and finishes with rich sour cream frosting made from a blend of […]

Celebrate Black History today with hot links

The 14th annual “A Taste of Black History” will feature tastes of Moo & Oink Turkey Links along with samples from 20 other brands from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Jewel-Osco, 1655 E. 95th St., Chicago. Live music will be provided by ZZAJE, a popular Chicago band who plays a cross-section of soul, funk, […]

Learn to dip with Kate

Zed451 in River North hosts a pre-Valentine’s Day cooking class. Reservations required.

A different dream for MLK Day

With the kids out of school this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., I Dream of Falafel in Oakbrook Terrace will give kids a free side of falafels. At this newly opened location only, the chain says, “All children (ages 12 and under) can dream big with […]

10 Chicago New Year’s Day brunches

Stoke up after tonight’s excesses with a hearty brunch and a little hair of the dog that bit you. (Where does that phrase come from, anyway? Woof.) Zest Bistro at Lemon Tree Grocer in Downers Grove will be open to serve Chef Tim Canning’s brunch dishes including breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, Niman Ranch bacon, […]