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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 […]

Say cheese with Chef Amaury

Artisan cheesemaker Fons Smits from Ludwig Farmstead Creamery visits Chef Amaury restaurant in Aurora at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, for Chef Amaury Rosado’s special dinner focusing on Ludwig cheeses. These handcrafted cheeses are made on the Fithian, Ill., farm with milk from Ludwig’s own cows. Rosado’s five-course menu includes Sangamon cheese in a roasted […]

Happy anniversary, Sandwich Me In

Celebrating that hard-to-meet restaurant milestone, its first year in business, Sandwich Me In in Lakeview may look like any other sandwich shop, but it has a real difference. Not only do Chef Justin Vrany and his staff make 98 percent of the food in house from scratch using locally grown ingredients, from the daily-baked bread […]

Friday food porn: Spicy stuff!

Bill Dugan from The Fishguy Market in Irving Park writes: “My girlfriend, Tracy, and I have been digging ramps near my home in Michigan for the past ten years or so…. We just completed a two-week process making kimchi using the stem, bulb and leaves. It adds a more succinct flavor than bulb garlic and […]

Chicago farmers’ markets open

Hooray! Fresh local fruits and veggie time is almost here. Hang out with your favorite farmers and pick up freshly picked produce. Farmers’ market season kicks off in Chicago on Saturday, May 11, with the opening of city-run markets selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers at Lincoln Park (Armitage and Orchard) and Division Street […]

Eat the Earth: 13 ways to have Earth Day year round

You’d think it was St. Patrick’s Day again, with all the announcements of restaurants going “green” for Earth Day. Today, instead of presenting you with a list of green cocktails and farm-to-table specials, I want to share this thoughtful list of ways to support the future of food, agriculture—and the planet all year from Danielle […]

Really local lettuce from kids’ farm on the menu

When they say “local” at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, they mean it. The North Shore restaurant is now featuring lettuce hydroponically grown by students at nearby Ravinia School. The members of the elementary school’s Green Growers Club and third-grade teacher Dennis Brosseau deliver a weekly harvest of green butter lettuce to Prairie Grass Cafe […]

Pig out on truly local pork

Local pork, Italian wines and Asian cuisine come together Thursday, Nov. 8, at PL8 Simply Asian in Barrington. And when they say local, they really mean local. The pork comes from Barrington Natural Farms, just 10 minutes from the restaurant. PL8 owner Ed Culleeney and Chef Sean Grady personally picked out the Berkshire hog for […]

More tomato feasts in Chicagoland

We’re crazy for tomatoes this month! Here are a few more tempting tomato dishes on offer, as local restaurants use the fresh harvest in everything from BLTs to pizzas. Agio Italian Bistro in Palatine offers a variety of dishes featuring locally grown tomatoes hand-selected by owner Joe Barrutia at the Palatine Farmers’ Market in Palatine. […]

Chicago celebrates the tomato

Red, ripe and juicy … it’s the height of fresh tomato season, and local restaurants are celebrating. At 2 Sparrows in Lincoln Park, Chef Gregory Ellis host a five-course tomato dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, featuring an array of tomato varieties in an heirloom tomato salad with basil seed vinaigrette, shaved pecorino and […]