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Eight Wild New Foie Gras Creations in Chicago

With its equal-parts proclivity for both savory and sweet applications, foie gras is one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen, a sentiment that Chicago chefs and pastry chefs have taken to heart in recent years. Band of Bohemia: Affectionately nicknamed the “foie-sicle,” the foie gras fudgesicle at Band of Bohemia may very well be […]

Weekly Planner: Best Burgers Galore, Caravan Art Festival

Best Burgers Galore . National Cheeseburger Day at BomboBar September 18 also is basically Christmas for burger junkies, considering the day marks National Cheeseburger Day. At Bar Siena, the BomboBar walkup window is celebrating the holiday in style with bargain burgers all day long. The “secret menu item” from chef Fabio Viviani is quite the […]

Weekend Planner: Backyard BBQ Series in Chicago, Amperbash, and European Spirits Tasting

Backyard BBQ Series in Chicago and European Spirits Tasting . Backyard BBQ Series in Chicago . Backyard BBQ Series Summers are for barbecues. It’s especially nice when said barbecues take place on restaurant patios, assuring the food is as memorable as the blissful weather. Bill Kim is kicking off a summer BBQ series at bellyQ on […]

Halloween vs. Halloweekend Edition: Weekend Planner

. . . ….Halloween vs. Halloweekend Edition: Weekend Planner . . . ……………. SEE FULL STORY . . .Hallowine Who says Halloween treats have to be all fun-sized candy? Wine is the real treat, especially since pinky-sized portions of candy lose their charm after the trick-or-treat age. To celebrate Halloween the adult way, head to […]

Sticky Pony Races, Derby Day, Fountainhead’s Rooftop, Anniversary Brunch: Weekend Planner

Sticky Pony Races, Derby Day   Sticky Pony Races at Harry’s Velvet Room The Kentucky Derby races into action this weekend, and while you may not be at Churchill Downs, the next best thing may very well be the Stick Pony Race at Harry’s Velvet Room. Taking place at 3:00 p.m. on May 2, the […]

Farewell to Angel Food Bakery

Angel Food Bakery closed its doors and turned off the ovens for the last time on March 30. In my teens, when I was still naively enamored with Food Network, I would pore over the channel the same way many people obsess over Game of Thrones today. Although I’ve expunged most of my Food Network memories from […]

Troquet Oscar Party, Birthday, Tasting and Carnival at Nacional 27

Oscar Party at Troquet:  Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend. No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in Chicago. Oscar Party at Troquet In honor of the 86th annual Academy Awards, Troquet is rolling out several Oscar-themed cocktails and opening up award predictions for guests. Available for […]

Brunch Bites: Blunch at Fountainhead and New Menu at West Town Bakery & Diner

In this week’s batch of brunch bites, Fountainhead launches Saturday “blunch” and West Town Bakery & Diner implements an entirely new menu. (Matzo ball soup, over-stuffed sandwiches, and pancakes, oh my! All on the new menus at West Town Bakery & Diner. Photo: West Town Bakery & Diner) You know Sunday brunch. It’s the best […]

LM issues a passport to fun

Years and years ago, when I was a young budding foodie, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, then known for brilliantly quirky promotions of its wonderfully inventive restaurants, issued passports to its rather smaller eatery empire. If you got it stamped at seven of their restaurants (which in those days meant you had eaten at most of […]

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 […]