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It’s National Pizza Month! Enjoy some Chicago style

In October, National Pizza Month, it seems fitting to take a look at the origins of the hometown specialty. The pizza nationally known as Chicago-style began when Ike Sewell, a World War II veteran who’d served in Italy, opened Pizzeria Uno with Ric Riccardo of the legendary Riccardo’s in River North in 1943. An authentic, […]

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! The BLT, summer’s ideal sandwich

What it is: The BLT is a wonderful summer sandwich. Composed of ripe, fresh tomatoes, layered with crisp bacon and crunchy lettuce on toasted bread slathered with mayonnaise, it’s best made when tomatoes are at their prime. Though it’s such a simple sandwich, it’s harder to create a perfect version than you’d think. You want […]

Happy National Hot Dog Day!

Even Pres. Barack Obama agrees: “You shouldn’t put ketchup on your hot dog.” (All the Republicans are now rushing out for Heinz.) Hot dogs are our national treasure, even though they are uniquely regional. In 2010, one of Chicago’s more unique dog recipes was served to politicians attending the annual congressional picnic. Mike Payne went […]

Five things to do tonight in Chicago

Tuesday specials around town: Estate Ultra Bar in River West serves oysters on the half shell for $2 each (minimum six). Cantina Laredo in River North offers $5 margaritas made with Patron Silver tequila. Each Tuesday features a different brand. Drop by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Streeterville from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for […]

Valentine’s Day for procrastinators

Valentine’s Day is upon us and you haven’t made plans? Tell your sweetie you’ve booked space for a belated celebration at one of these upcoming events: Chefs, confectioners, and entertainers to light up the halls of the Merchandise Mart during “For the Love of Chocolate,” a benefit for the French Pastry School’s scholarship program. Sweet […]

8 Chicago places for Hanukkah latkes

Applesauce or sour cream? Hanukkah starts tonight at sunset and continues for eight days. Score your potato pancakes at a different place every day. Angel Food Bakery, Ravenswood. Ashkenaz, Gold Coast. The Bagel, Lakeview and Skokie. Eleven City Diner, South Loop. Frances’ Deli, Lincoln Park. Manny’s, South Loop. Max’s, Highland Park. Steve’s Deli, River North.

Eat this! Butternut, a squash to know

What it is: Butternut squash, a flavorful variety of Cucurbita moschata, is an edible gourd related to pumpkins and zucchini. A hard-shelled winter-storage squash, the butternut has a tan exterior, a long bulbous shape, and an orange flesh. Its sweet, nutty flavor is similar to pumpkin, for which it makes a fine substitute once Halloween […]

Octo-beer events in Chicagoland

Four fabulous fall beer tastings: City Provisions in Ravenswood, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. No cover. On Oct. 18, City Provisions hosts a release party for Chicago’s Finch’s Beer Co.’s Slackjawed Dunkel, a beer brewed with smoked malt and raw honey from Chef Cleetus Friedman’s […]

Eat this! Fresh peaches, summer’s bounty

What it is: Prunus persica, a sweet, luscious, juicy stone fruit with a slightly fuzzy skin, is a delight of summer. Where it comes from: Peaches originated in China, where they were cultivated at least as far back as the 10th century B.C. Alexander the Great is said to have introduced them to Europe, and […]