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Friday food porn: Beefy

Bloomingdale’s Shiraz on the Water serves up prime rib with jus, horseradish sauce, veggies and bread and butter every Friday and Saturday night in a three-course special that includes a choice of soup or salad, plus side dish and dessert. Prices range from $24 with a petite 9-ounce cut to $31 with 16-ounce king-size.

Mooncakes fete Chinese historic rebellion

Traditional mooncakes and other authentic fare mark the Mid-Autumn Festival menu at Shanghai Terrace on the Magnificent Mile. Legend has it that the cakes commemorate the 14th-century Chinese rebellion against Mongol oppression. The rebels communicated with their compatriots by hiding the slips of paper in smuggled cakes. From Sept. 6 through 12, Chef Ivan Yuen […]

10 uncommon Easter events in Chicago

Try something a little different this Easter, with these out-of-the-ordinary options.

14 places to celebrate Passover 2011 in Chicago

Passover, the Jewish commemoration of the Biblical Exodus, begins at sunset Monday, April 18. While most Jews will gather for ritual meals called seders at family homes, if you don’t have a seder to go to, a variety of local restaurants stand ready to provide you with traditional food, if not always services.

Friday food porn: Under the crust

Macadamia-nut-crusted mahi mahi with lobster-butter sauce numbers among the dishes on the new Monday prix-fixe dinner menu at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine in River North. Every Monday, you can choose an appetizer, entree and dessert for $35.95 (plus tax and tip). The three-course deal’s underway through April 18. Also, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays […]

Nine ways to spend Valentine’s weekend in Chicago

“Yes, Valentine’s Day is this month, and we will be celebrating with all the city’s lovebirds, but why pin the ‘amour’ to only one day?” asks Chef Carol Wallack of Sola> in North Center and we agree. We got 150 press releases about Valentine’s Day, and you can bet that just about every eatery in […]

Chicago theater district mainstay fetes 10th anniversary

Not many restaurants make it to a decade, so Petterino’s will celebrate its 10 years in the theater district on Monday, Feb. 7, with a $10 three-course menu served all day. New Executive Chef Matthew Kirkley offers a choice of caesar salad with grana padano cheese; “The Fritzel” salad with Boston lettuce, hearts of palm, […]

Chicago toasts Prohibition’s repeal

At one minute after midnight, Dec. 5, 1933, Chicago celebrated the first legal tapping of a beer keg after the ratification of the 21st Amendment, ending Prohibition.

12 things to do on the night before Thanksgiving

“Black Wednesday” in Chicago: It’s the night before Thanksgiving. If you aren’t cooking for Thursday’s dinner, why not go out? Comedian Mike Toomey presents his one-man show, “TV & ME,” a journey back into the land of 1960s and ’70s television at Carlucci in Downers Grove. Tickets are $25 and include a cocktail and an […]

Friday food porn: Beeting it at Gemini Bistro

Tuck into chunks of roasted baby beets, drizzled with white truffle vinaigrette and sprinkled with goat cheese, alongside lamb’s lettuce, $8 at Gemini Bistro in Lincoln Park. The American restaurant celebrates its first anniversary Sept. 7–12 with a $29.09 three-course prix fixe.