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Get Your Apple on at Sola Restaurant

The new monthly prix fixe menu at Sola puts the spotlight on apples, featuring the perpetual fall favorite front-and-center in a variety of dishes.   (Seared scallops with curry-apple butter at Sola) SEE FULL STORY  For more about Chicago Steaks see:   CHICAGO BEST STEAK.COM

Say cheese with Chef Amaury

Artisan cheesemaker Fons Smits from Ludwig Farmstead Creamery visits Chef Amaury restaurant in Aurora at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, for Chef Amaury Rosado’s special dinner focusing on Ludwig cheeses. These handcrafted cheeses are made on the Fithian, Ill., farm with milk from Ludwig’s own cows. Rosado’s five-course menu includes Sangamon cheese in a roasted […]

10 uncommon Mother’s Day 2013 options in Chicago

Sure, you can follow the brunch bunch on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, but why not let mom sleep in and enjoy something different? Here are a few uncommon ways to celebrate with Mom this weekend. Start Mother’s Day weekend off by taking mom to a special Truffle Making Party at Katherine Anne Confections in […]

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 […]

Five uncommon Easter meals in Chicago

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 […]

February: All chocolate, all the time

Can’t get enough of that Valentine’s Day chocolate? Chef Carol Wallack’s got your number. Through the end of February, at her restaurant, Sola in North Center, she’s serving a three-course prix fixe with chocolate in every course. Things start off with a salad of arugula, shallots and candied ginger dressed with cocoa nib-balsamic vinaigrette. The […]

Japanophiles: Sign up now

Sushisamba rio in River North shows off the talents of its Japanese chefs, Shigeru Kitano and Koji Kagawa, in an exquisite series of omekase (oh-MEH-ka-say) dinners. Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, four weekly, eight-course dinners will each focus on a different region of Japan: Hiroshima, Akita, Nagano and Nigata. The menus include such […]

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 […]

Eat ethnic Christmas dinners around Chicago

Every culture has its holiday traditions and in Chicago we can try most of them. Check out these ideas: Cuban: Chef Chico Vilchez at Nacional 27 in River North offers a pre-holiday look at Cuban Christmas traditions through Saturday, Dec. 22, with a four-course, prix-fixe menu, paired with wine. The meal starts with a tapas […]

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 […]