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Friday food porn: Sexy spears

Spring sensation: Grilled asparagus dressed with rhubarb kimchi, guajillo ricotta, Serrano ham, pea shoots and sesame, $6 on Chef David Dworshak’s spring menu at Takito Kitchen in Wicker Park.

Chicago farmers’ markets open

Hooray! Fresh local fruits and veggie time is almost here. Hang out with your favorite farmers and pick up freshly picked produce. Farmers’ market season kicks off in Chicago on Saturday, May 11, with the opening of city-run markets selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers at Lincoln Park (Armitage and Orchard) and Division Street […]

Eat the Earth: 13 ways to have Earth Day year round

You’d think it was St. Patrick’s Day again, with all the announcements of restaurants going “green” for Earth Day. Today, instead of presenting you with a list of green cocktails and farm-to-table specials, I want to share this thoughtful list of ways to support the future of food, agriculture—and the planet all year from Danielle […]

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. […]

Friday food porn: Chippy!

Galway Bay fish and chips special at Birch River Grill in Arlington Heights, featuring Corona-battered cod with seasoned crispy potatoes and tangy cabbage slaw, served every 4 to 10 p.m. Friday in Lent, $11.95.

Friday food porn: Sweet little cabbage

Crispy Brussels sprouts with local bacon and parmesan cheese, served with basil remoulade.$7, at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, is converting folks who thought they hated the mini cabbages. It’s one of the restaurant’s top-selling sides.

Six superior soup spots for January in Chicago

January, as you may know, is National Soup Month. Even though the weather is mild this week, you know more cold is coming. Here are a few places to warm up with satisfying soups. 2 Sparrows in Lincoln Park goes global a different meal in a bowl each week at lunch. Chef Gregory Ellis highlights […]

Eat this! Pecan pie, an American favorite

What it is: A fall and winter favorite, pecan pie falls into the category of sugar pies, featuring a sugary custard filled with pecan halves. Where it comes from: Pecans are indigenous to North America. Pecan pie, surprisingly, dates only to the late 19th century. Nutless sugar pies are older, but the first recipes adding […]

Do you fugu?

Chef Toyoji Hemmi does. The only licensed specialist preparing the delicately flavored but potentially poisonous Japanese blowfish between New York and Colorado, Hemmi is currently preparing a variety of seasonal fugu dishes at Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge in River North. A six-course whole fugu feast for two, $338, offers hirezake, fugu fin in hot […]

Quaff ‘The 12 Beers of Christmas’ at Chicago bars

Local watering holes are celebrating the season with a variety of yuletide-inspired seasonal brews. Check out the “12 Beers of Christmas” at these taverns and restaurants. AJ Hudson’s Public House in Lakeview hosts a “12 Beers of Christmas” beer school. Jon Lindemann of the Louis Glunz Beer Co. will guide you through a dozen samples, […]