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Friday food porn: Ripe and luscious

The final days of fresh, local, summer fruits are upon us — make the most of them. Chef Mark Grosz’s luscious salad of ripe Michigan peaches layers them with prosciutto, thinly sliced Manchego cheese, red onion, fennel, arugula, toasted almonds and a drizzle of sherry vinaigrette, $15 at French restaurant Oceanique in Evanston.

Slow Food, Uncommon Ground celebrate harvest

The end of August brings with it the bittersweet sense that summer is ending. On one hand, we’ll soon say good-bye to warm, sunny days and summer fruits and vegetables, on the other, we’re starting into the height of the harvest season, when local produce is at its peak. Slow Food Chicago and Uncommon Ground […]

Savor summer with Slow Food Chicago

Slow Food Chicago hosts a variety of events this summer highlighting the seasonal tastes of the harvest. August 10: A farm-to-table dinner at Mint Creek Farm in Stelle, Ill., features a menu prepared by Mark Payne, executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton Chicago’s deca restaurant. Before dinner, farmer Harry Carr will lead a tour of Mint […]

Friday food porn: Blossoming!

Summer pleasures: For these seasonal flores de calabaza at Salpicon! in Old Town, Chef Priscila Satkoff stuffs fresh, delicate squash blossoms with goat cheese and drizzles them with epazote-poblano cream sauce, $10.

Chicago’s best food trucks?

There are food trucks and then there are food trucks. There are the old-fashioned roach coaches selling coffee and plastic-wrapped sandwiches that tend to serve construction sites and factories. There are every kid’s’ summer loves, ringing through the neighborhoods with ice cream on a stick. Then there are the new gourmet trucks that ply River […]

Call for the corny

Attention chefs, restaurateurs, food scientists, academics and foodies: Are you seriously corny? The Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance wants to hear from you. The Chicago-based food-history group will host its sixth symposium Sept. 20 through 22 at the Kendall College School for Culinary Arts on Goose Island. The event will focus on Midwestern corn in all […]

Friday food porn: Spring board

Ramps and guanciale flatbread, slathered with hazelnut-ramp pesto and topped with grilled ramps, smoky guanciale and bits of preserved lemon, $16.50 at The Peasantry in Lincoln Park.

Mario’s is open — it’s officially summer in Chicago!

Nothing says summer in Chicago like Mario’s Italian Lemonade. Open from early May to mid-September, Mario’s has been a Little Italy icon since 1953. Hot days will find long lines stretching out into the street waiting for slushy Italian lemonande and freshly roasted nuts. Everybody goes to Mario’s — if you want to see a […]

Friday food porn: Red, red rhurbarb

Pastry Chef Sarah Jordan’s fresh-as-spring take on pavlova with rhubarb, elderflower yogurt, St. Germain liqueur and rhubarb consomme, $12 at Boka in Lincoln Park. Pavlova, by the way, is an Antipodean meringue dessert named for the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, who performed in Australia and New Zealand during the 1920s. Both countries claim invention of […]

Friday food porn: Spicy stuff!

Bill Dugan from The Fishguy Market in Irving Park writes: “My girlfriend, Tracy, and I have been digging ramps near my home in Michigan for the past ten years or so…. We just completed a two-week process making kimchi using the stem, bulb and leaves. It adds a more succinct flavor than bulb garlic and […]