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10 ways to fete Bastille Day in Chicago

Liberte, egalite, fraternite! The storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, marked the start of the French Revolution and, ultimately, the freedom of the French people to form a democratic government. Chicago’s Bastille Day events include: Bistronomic on the Gold Coast celebrates Friday through Sunday, July 13–15, with Chef Martial Noguier’s $39 Bastille […]

Congratulations, Chicago James Beard contenders

Congratulations to the Chicago semi-finalists in this year’s James Beard Awards. Final nominees will be announced March 19, and the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards ceremony takes place May 7. Chef Charlie Trotter of the soon-to-close Charlie Trotter’s in Lincoln Park will be recipient of the 2012 Humanitarian of the Year Award. Best New Restaurant […]

Chicago Restaurant Week deals continue

Miss Chicago Restaurant Week? If you didn’t have a chance to get out between Feb. 17 and 26, some participating restaurants are extending their discount prix-fixe offerings. So you can still get multi-course $22 lunches and $33/$44 dinners, including Chef John Coletta’s Italian meals for two at Quartino Ristorante; the menu of mushroom risotto, short […]

‘Too Old’ pop-rocker Riser to perform in Wrigleyville

Local singer Michael Riser performs at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Goose Island Brewpub in Wrigleyville. Riser gained acclaim for his “Too Old for Idol,” a video protesting “American Idol’s” age limit, and has built up a following at area clubs. The pop-rock performer also hosts and sings at the “Rising Stars Songwriter Showcase” […]

Eat this! Glucose, an essential sugar

What it is: A type of sugar, also called dextrose and grape sugar, glucose is a source of carbohydrates that helps to provide energy to the human body. Glucose is less sweet than the other common cooking sugars, sucrose and fructose, and less soluble in water. It produces a thinner solution. Where it comes from:Commonly […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

15 Christmas Eve dinners in Chicago

For some, Christmas Eve is the main event of the holiday season. For others, it’s a night for wrapping last-minute gifts and prepping for the big day on the 25th. And then there are those for whom it’s just another night. Whichever camp you fall in, plenty of Chicago restaurants are open to serve you. […]

Sparkling holiday events in Chicago

Celebrate the holiday season with a bit of the bubbly. These Chicago restaurants are pouring out the frothy stuff: At 6 p.m. Dec. 8, Niche in Geneva offers a dinner focusing on Duval-Leroy champagnes, including tastings of 1980 vintages. Sommelier Vince Balistreri and guest speaker Arthur Silvente of Duval-Leroy will discuss the taste and terroir […]

Eat this! How to make mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving

What it is: Do we really need to tell you? Where it comes from: Potatoes originated in South America and weren’t introduced to Europe until the 16th century. Whoever first decided to mash them is lost to history. What to do with it: Floury russet potatoes work best for mashing. Just in time for Thanksgiving, […]

Some pig!

Due Lire in Lincoln Square celebrates autumn with “Festa Della Porchetta,” an Italian-style pig roast in the garden from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, $25. Chef Kevin Abshire will stuff a whole pig with fennel, sage, garlic, salt and pepper; roast it for hours on the patio; then serve it with an apricot […]