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Chicago celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau 2012

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 […]

Six Chicago restaurants teach you their secrets

Yes, you can cook! Learn from local chefs how to make their specialties at these cooking classes and eat the results. Mon Ami Gabi in Oak Brook’s cooking class offers instruction from Chef Bruce Williams, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in seasonal dishes including gazpacho, seared salmon with leek quinoa and citron butter and […]

A day of filet

There’s a holiday for everything: National Filet Mignon Day is Monday, Aug. 13. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Rosemont celebrates with a filet mignon sampler: four 2 oz. prime filet mignon medallions each prepared a different way — topped with blue cheese, horseradish crusted, peppercorned and Oscar-style with a crown of asparagus, crab and bearnaise […]

Have a happy Leap Day!

Feb. 29 If you’re one of those rare folks who only has a birthday every four years, these restaurants want to offer you a free entree on Feb. 29. Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush on the Magnificent Mile Riva Crab House on Navy Pier Tuscany in Little Italy Oak Brook and Wheeling It’s a buy-one-get-one free […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

65 Chicago places to eat Thanksgiving dinner, 2011

North Side, South Side or in the Chicago suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicagoland restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry out — several days’ notice is typically required. […]

Eat this! Penne all’arrabiata, angry pasta of Rome

A simple Italian dish, penne all’arrabbiata features penne rigate, small, ridged tubular pasta cut diagonally into “quills,” dressed with tomatoes, garlic and chilies.

Happy 40th anniversary, Lettuce Entertain You

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, perhaps the single most influential company in Chicago restaurant history, celebrates its 40th anniversary on Friday, June 10, at the place that started it all, R.J. Grunts in Lincoln Park. Burgers will be $1.50 in tribute to the original 1971 price, and a DJ will spin ’70s tunes all day and […]

Six Chicago spots for celebrating Cinco de Mayo

  Cinco de Mayo celebrates the May 5, 1862, victory of the Mexican army over occupying French troops at the Battle of Puebla. Why have a fiesta here? The defeat kept the French from joining forces with the Confederates during the American Civil War. And why not? Here are a few places to celebrate around […]

Friday food porn: A berry sweet Valentine

Through Monday, Feb. 14, Tuscany in Oak Brook offers a Valentine’s Day dessert, cuore di passione e cioccolate bianco, a heart-shaped tart filled with white chocolate mousse, passion fruit, fresh berries and pistachio sauce. Each dessert is $8 and $1 of the price will be donated to Bright Pink, a support organization for young women […]