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Where to Eat Pig Skin During Football Season

While recreational pig skin season is in play, here are some of the top restaurants to eat pig skin in Chicago. When it comes to football fare, there really is nothing more apropos than pig skin. Sure, people tailgate and/or eat pizza, but pig skin dishes are really just more befitting considering footballs were notoriously […]

Seven great ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, which occurred during the 1862 Franco-Mexican War. In Mexico, it’s not nearly the celebration it is in Chicago, which makes it a festival kicking off the spring season. Of course, most Mexican eateries are offering May […]

10 great last-minute options for New Year’s Eve in Chicago

New Year’s Eve is one of those difficult dining nights. Everybody’s jamming in, and restaurants try to turn the tables as fast as possible to pack ’em all in. Many places don’t offer their regular menus, but only an abbreviated list of pricey set menus; places that don’t ordinarily require reservations may want them, and […]

Go behind-the-scenes at Chicago restaurants

Get a look behind the scenes at some of Chicago’s most distinctive restaurants Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s second-annual Open House Chicago, when over 150 city buildings will open some not-regularly-seen spaces to the public. Among the buildings open: Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North. The landmark […]

Eat this! Six Chicago recipes for the start of summer

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer in Chicagoland. Enjoy these recipes from local chefs at at your picnics and cookouts. Chef Jeremy Brewington:Spicy marinated shrimp, a quick meal on the grill. Al Teatro, Pilsen: Pollo con olive e pignoli, braised chicken with olives and pinenuts, done on the stovetop so it doesn’t heat […]

Ethiopian, Czech, Sicilian, oh my!

The Chicagourmets dining club plans a weekend of exotic dining and drinking Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, with Ethiopian, Italian and Czech cuisines and libations. At 6:30 p.m. June 9, club members and guests will gather at Ethiopian Diamond in Edgewater for a communal meal selected by Chef/owner Almaz Yigizaw. Recently celebrating its […]

Five ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

In Mexico, the Fifth of May is a relatively laidback holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. But in Chicago, it’s a great excuse for a fiesta. Here are a few ways to celebrate: Chicago Sones de Mexico Ensemble. At 6 p.m. Saturday, […]

Eat this! Five rib-sticking recipes for Chicago winter

Brr … it’s real winter out. This is the weather for hearty, rib-sticking fare, and we’ve got it for you. Check out these recipes from local restaurants. Ethiopian Diamond, Edgewater and Rogers Park: Doro tibs wat, spicy Ethiopian chicken. Ristorante al Teatro, Pilsen: Timballo Siciliano, Sicilian molded pasta. Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen, Crystal Lake: Pan-seared […]

Gear up for the holidays with sweet events

Why mess up your kitchen making holiday sweets when you can use somebody else’s? Local culinarians invite you to come into their kitchens for sweet cooking parties. Chocolatier Katherine Duncan hosts a truffle-making party from 6:30 to 9 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 8, at Katherine Anne Confections in Logan Square. Appetizers, wine and chocolate sampling are included […]

Eat this! Pine nuts, savory seeds from the pine

What it is: The edible seeds of pine trees, found inside pine cones, pine nuts, also called pignoli or pinons, are small pointed kernels with a buttery flavor and a delicate crunch. Where it comes from: Archeological evidence found in the ruins of Pompeii show pine nuts were widely used in the ancient world before […]