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Burgers and Hot Dogs You Should Know

Here Are Burgers and Hot Dogs You Should Know Unless you’ve been confined to a cave for the better part of a year, you’ve surely heard of the ramen burger. This culinary oddity was first concocted at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn by some mad scientist-like chef looking to fuse cuisines in one seamless, albeit messy, vessel. […]

Learn to grill the perfect burger with Weber chefs

What’s summer without burgers on the grill? At 6 p.m Thursday, May 23, grilling experts at Weber Restaurant in Schaumburg will fire up their grills and teach you how to make the perfect grilled burger. In this hands-on class, you’ll get to prepare three specialty burgers: Kobe beef, salmon and ground turkey, as well as […]

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 […]

It’s local, it’s seasonal, it’s smelt!

They’re tiny and fishy and only available fresh for a very brief period in the spring. Smelt season is upon us! For the ultimate Midwestern smelt experience, you have to head north to Port Washington, Wis., outside Milwaukee, for the annual American Legion Smelt Fry conducted by the Andrew Van Ells American Legion Post No. […]

6 spots for noodling around Chicago in March

March is National Noodle Month! Think chow fun, chow mein, lo mein, pad Thai, pad kee mao, pho, ramen … yum! Try these spots for slurp-worthy versions of the slippery stuff. 1. Joy Yee’s Noodles, Chinatown, University Village, Evanston and Naperville. 2. Koi, Evanston. 3. Le Colonial, Near North Side. 4. Pho Xe Tang / […]

Two days to celebrate paczki in Chicago!

In Poland, today is Tlusty Czwartek or Fat Thursday, otherwise known as Paczki Day (say “POONCH-key”). In the U.S., though, many Poles celebrate on Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras, which will be next week. Chicagoans are lucky — we get to observe both days! Thousands of Polish Chicagoans as well as other pastry […]

Trending: ‘Kale is the new bacon’

Kale or Be Kaled – watch more funny videos What are local chefs doing with that ubiquitous leafy green? The Chicago Sun-Times hails kale this week, noting, “Kale has come a long way since it was just some curly stuff chefs used to line platters with.” Here’s a sample of how some Chicago chefs are […]

Have some Swedish Christmas in Chicagoland

The Swedish restaurants at Ikea host their annual Julbord Celebration Friday, Dec. 7, at both the Schaumburg and Bolingbrook locations. The event offers an all-you-can-eat Smorgasbord of Swedish holiday ham, smoked and poached salmon, Swedish style meatballs with lingonberries, assorted cheeses, crisp bread, gravid lax with mustard, assorted desserts and more. Live music accompanies. Seatings […]

Seek out this summer seafood

Things are a little fishy in Chicago this month. British Columbia’s pristine Skuna Bay is the home of one of the best-run salmon farms in North America. Ceres’ Table in Uptown hosts a Skuna Bay salmon dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Chef Giuseppe Scurato will match the Canadian salmon with fresh local ingredients […]

Eat this! Six hot recipes for summer in Chicago

Try some of our favorite hot-weather recipes for food and libations from local chefs and mixologists. LaSalle Power, River North, Cucumber watermelon salad, a great combination of sweet and savory flavors, with feta, paprika, cucumbers and watermelon. Texas de Brazil, River North and Schaumburg, Grape salad, a salad of fruit and gorgonzola that goes especially […]