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 [...]
Chef Gretchen Hollen’s Poag burger, $10, at Poag Mahone’s in the Loop is made from 100-percent grass-fed beef raised on an American family farm without antibiotics or hormones. The farm is certified for high animal welfare and its cattle are raised without confinement.
Learn about the techniques of patisserie from The French Pastry School without investing in an intensive, hands-on course. The Loop-based school now offers its “Tasting Series,” two-hour demonstrations by their chef-instructors. You get to watch as well as taste. In the next class, “Classic Bistro Desserts: A Menu of French Favorites,” at 6 p.m. Friday, [...]
Ham, ham, ham … who says you have to have ham on Easter? We got 100 press releases for Chicago restaurants all serving variations of the same Easter brunch. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a handful doing something a little different, this Sunday, March 31. Filini Bar and Restaurant in the [...]
Uh oh, you forgot to make Valentine’s Day reservations! We’ve got you covered. As of today, these restaurants were reporting they still had openings. You can make reservations right from within Dining Chicago, too. But hurry, we don’t guarantee they’ll still have openings. Aquitaine, French bistro, Lincoln Park. Bin 36 global, River North. Branch 27, [...]
No, that’s not beef tenderloin. At South Water Kitchen in the Loop, Chef Roger Waysok this black pepper bistro “filet,” a lookalike made from a new cut of chuck — beef shoulder. He serves it with celery root puree, wild mushrooms and red-wine reduction, $30.
The beloved tradition of holiday tea is back at Atwood Cafe in the Loop. The afternoon repast offers eight loose leaf tea choices, including black, green, white and herbal varieties, sweetened with cumin- or chamomile-infused honey; Chef Derek Simick’s tea sandwiches (tomato-cucumber, salmon and curried chicken salad); cranberry scones; biscotti; chocolate-covered strawberries; chocolate espresso cups; [...]
The eve of Thanksgiving has come to be called “Black Wednesday, ” suppose by extension from Black Friday, the post-holiday shopping day that — it’s to be hoped — puts retailers in the black. The pre-Thanksgiving night out gets people in a celebratory mood as they congregate with family and friends. Of course, maybe it’s [...]
Beaujolais Nouveau arrives just after midnight the morning of Thursday, Nov. 15. The young red wine made from thin-skinned Gamay grapes, produced in the Beaujolais region of France, is released with great hoopla every autumn . Local restaurants are celebrating: Chez Moi in Lincoln Park celebrates with Chef Dominique Tougne’s prix fixe, including salade Lyonnaise [...]
Taste the bold flavors of olive oil from Spain at Vermilion in River North and Mercat a la Planxa in the Loop. Both restaurants will feature dishes inspired by the during the week of Nov. 5 through 12 in honor of “A Spanish A-Fare” to be held at Vermilion at 7 p.m. Nov. 7. The [...]