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Great grazing at Green City Market BBQ ahead

Nearly 100 local chefs will be cooking out in Lincoln Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12, when Green City Market hosts its annual fundraiser barbecue. Dishes will feature locally grown produce from market vendors. Locally made beer, wine, hand-crafted cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages will be served, too. Tickets start at $125 and […]

Farmers market with food and cocktails at Browntrout

Have you been to the farmers’ market yet this season? Check out the Browntrout Farmer’s Market. From 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, the North Center restaurant welcomes small farmers such as Catalpa Grove, Lucky Duck Farm, Frillman Farms, and more and serves seasonal cocktails and food from the bar in a small shared format, […]

Chefs and farmers come together for Good Food Festival

The Good Food Festival and Conference, March 15 through 17 at UIC Forum, celebrates the locally-driven food. On Saturday, March 17, the festival showcases Midwest artisan and farmer exhibitors and offers workshops on growing and making food, chef demos, family-friendly activities and speakers of interest to food lovers. “Chefs at Play” cooking demos feature Bruce […]

Picnic time for locavores

The little locavores are having a lovely time today. Watch them, catch them unawares, And see them picnic on their holiday. Green City Market celebrates the conclusion of its annual Locavore Challenge with a picnic supper at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, featuring farm-fresh local food from Limelight Catering. The dinner, held at the Peggy […]

Al Capone’s favorite rye is back in Chicago

At 7 p.m. Monday, July 11, Blue 13 in River North fetes the all-American spirits with a Templeton Rye dinner.

Eat this! Radishes, a spring vegetable with bite

What it is: A small root vegetable in the mustard family, the radish (Raphanus sativus) offers a piquant, peppery flavor and crunchy texture. Different varieties are harvested throughout the growing season, but radishes are most often a spring and early summer vegetable. They come in all kinds of colors, shapes and sizes. The most common […]

Friday food porn: Spears of pleasure

Fresh spears of spring asparagus from Mick Klug Farm feature in this seasonal salad at Prarie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, served with spring vegetables and mustard sauce, $10.

Friday food porn: Cheese (and meat) to please

Charcuterie and local cheeses feature at the new Evening Ale & Sandwich Bar at Lawry’s The Prime Rib in River North. The walk-in-only bar opens at 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and offers local beers, international wines and a full cocktail list plus a variety of small bites; sandwiches such as prime rib au jus […]

Make the most of maple-tapping time

Spring is here and nature’s sharing her bounty. Gather up the kids and show them how sweet it can be at a family-friendly class on the making on maple syrup.

Locavore film gets Chicago premiere

Is food grown grown within a few hundred miles better than produce shipped from across the country or the world? “Ingredients,” a new documentary film, showcases the locavore movement — farmers and chefs bent on creating a sustainable food system of great tasting, locally grown food. The film looks at farms in Hudson River and […]