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Mardi Gras Dining and Drinking Guide

Mardi Gras Dining and Drinking Guide: In preparation for Mardi Gras, here’s a roundup of restaurants and bars serving up New Orleans-inspired specials.   New Orleans knows how to throw a party. Mardi Gras is one of the craziest, booze- and food-filled festivities of the year, a pre-Lenten event that has transcended New Orleans to become […]

Savor summer with Slow Food Chicago

Slow Food Chicago hosts a variety of events this summer highlighting the seasonal tastes of the harvest. August 10: A farm-to-table dinner at Mint Creek Farm in Stelle, Ill., features a menu prepared by Mark Payne, executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton Chicago’s deca restaurant. Before dinner, farmer Harry Carr will lead a tour of Mint […]

Award recognizes the top 10 clean eateries of Oak Park

They take cleanliness seriously in Oak Park. For 28 years, the village has annually honored the cleanest restaurant kitchens in town with the Johnson Restaurant Award, presented to establishments that consistently meet or exceed state food-safety standards. The award is named for Oak Park’s first lunchroom, the Johnson Restaurant, 124 Lake St., which operated in […]

Chicago chefs’ top 10 recipes of 2012

Pies and lobster dishes were among our most popular recipes of last year, showing that despite straitened times, cooks are still looking for a little indulgence. On the other hand, two pasta dishes also made the list, so they’re economizing, too. Here are Dining Chicago’s 10 most clicked-on local chefs’ recipes of 2012. Which were […]

Six spots for chicken in September

September is National Chicken Month. Check out these birds: Rustic House in Lincoln Park roasts free-range organic chickens with rosemary, thyme and garlic and offers them to go with sides such as roasted garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, 3-cheese potato gratin, brussel sprouts with pancetta and thyme and sauteed spinach with garlic. The take-out spread […]

Eat this! Tortellini, Venus’s belly button in pasta

What it is: Tortellini are filled egg pasta, formed into a distinctive ringlike shape, which, legend has it, resembles Venus’s navel. Although cheese fillings for tortellini are popular, as are many meat combinations, the Accademia del Tortellino, an Italian culinary guild whose members wear robes with pasta-shaped pendants, prescribes a mixture of prosciutto, mortadella, ox […]

Join the fight for life: Dine out on Thursday

The single largest HIV/AIDS benefit in the country, the 17th Annual Dining Out for Life, takes place Thursday, April 29. A portion of your meal check at a variety of Chicago and suburban restaurants will benefit AIDSCare Progressive Services, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Chicagoans with HIV/AIDS through housing,

20 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

  Celebrate the ‘Celtic Muse’ at Davenport’s, Wicker Park, 8 p.m. tonight and Friday, March 19, $15 plus two-drink minimum. Gillian Kelly and Claire Bigley perform Irish favorites such as “The Nightingale,” “Finnegan’s Wake,” and “The Rising of the Moon.” $3 Harps and Guinness, too. Visit the Irish American Heritage Center, Irving Park, through March 20. […]

13 screamingly fun things to do in Chicagoland for Halloween

Haunted drive-in movie, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, Margate Fieldhouse, Uptown, $5 (includes popcorn and hot dog). Margate Fieldhouse becomes a drive-in movie theater, featuring “The Addams Family.” Seating is limited. ‘Fear,’ 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31, The Neo-Futurarium, Andersonville, $15. Visit the “thinking man’s haunted house” of Edgar Allen Poe […]

Depression-era’s ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ still very funny

I’ve noted before that hard times evoke nostalgia in theater directors, but George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s “You Can’t Take It With You” needs no such impetus to be worth a revival. Although this 1937 Pulitzer Prize winner certainly shows its origins in the Great Depression, “You Can’t Take It With You” is one […]