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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 […]

Dairy meals mark Jewish days of mourning

One of the lesser known Jewish holidays, Tisha B’Av, or the Ninth of Av, culminates nine days of religious observance that, like many other Jewish occasions, can be summed up — as the old joke goes — “They tried to wipe us out. They couldn’t do it. Let’s eat!” Tisha B’Av, a fast day, is […]

Friday food porn: Bring on the balls!

Matzo-ball soup, filled with chicken and carrots, $7.39 a bowl at Steve’s Deli in River North. Or buy it buy it by the gallon from their Passover catering menu, $50.32 plus $1.99 per matzo ball.

Learn new takes on Passover traditions

Gear up for Passover at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, with Spertus Institute Chef Laura Frankel’s new takes on culinary traditions. Frankel, executive chef of kosher catering at Spertus and author of “Jewish Cooking for All Seasons” and “Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes,” will show how to turn the usual festival of starch and cholesterol into […]

Top 10 Chicago chefs’ recipes for 2011

Our top 10 recipes from Chicago chefs.

Eat this! Latkes, crispy symbols of Hanukkah

What it is: Latke in Yiddish means “pancake.” They can be made from anything — from matzo meal to cheese — but most people use the term to refer to Jewish-style kartofl latkes, crispy cakes made from finely grated potatoes fried in oil, and commonly served during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah. Jewish kartofl latkes […]

8 Chicago places for Hanukkah latkes

Applesauce or sour cream? Hanukkah starts tonight at sunset and continues for eight days. Score your potato pancakes at a different place every day. Angel Food Bakery, Ravenswood. Ashkenaz, Gold Coast. The Bagel, Lakeview and Skokie. Eleven City Diner, South Loop. Frances’ Deli, Lincoln Park. Manny’s, South Loop. Max’s, Highland Park. Steve’s Deli, River North.

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 […]

UChicago scholars debate merits of Jewish foods

A University of Chicago tradition since 1946, the 65th annual Latke-Hamantash Debate takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Mandel Hall in Hyde Park. Tobias Moskowitz, Fama Family Professor of Finance; Richard Rosengarten, associate professor in the Divinity School; and Malynne Sternstein, associate professor in Slavic Languages and Literatures and the College will […]

Night out: Steampunk, vaudeville, Jews and freaks, oh my!

Klezmer meets steampunk in a most unusual evening Wednesday, June 22.