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Christmas Dining Guide 2015, Chicago Dining

……………Christmas Dining Guide 2015, Chicago Dining . Where to dine out for Christmas in Chicago. . . . . . . It’s just about that time of year when a jolly bearded man soars around the world to deliver presents and eat an embarrassment of cookies. It’s also the time of year for filling up […]

Christmas Dining in Chicago’

Christmas Dining in Chicago: Where to dine out for Christmas in Chicago. It’s almost that time of year when a merry bearded man comes flying down people’s chimneys to deliver presents and eat their cookies. It’s also the time of year for filling up on familial meals at home and at restaurants. We can’t dictate […]

Fall-flavored Fine Dining

Fall-flavored Fine Dining   Fall-flavored Fine Dinin: Sometimes when we dine out during fall, we actually want something more than pumpkin-spiced whatever. Sometimes we want novel, thoughtful interpretations of the season, incorporating timely and locally derived ingredients prepared in a unique fashion with some thread of cohesion. Imagine that. Nothing quite achieves such glory as […]

Chefs Share Thanksgiving Memories

With Thanksgiving around the corner, chefs chime in on their warmest holiday memories. Lump-free mashed potatoes, Thanksgiving wine, and mom’s stuffing are some of Paul Virant’s quintessential Thanksgiving memories. Growing up, the chef at Vie and Perennial Virant hosted relatives at his family’s house, though Virant has come to take the reigns on holiday duty over the past decade. […]

Make Room for Dessert Dinner

The Chicago Fine Chocolate & Dessert Show is just around the corner, taking place at Navy Pier October 18 through October 20, and to kick off the festivities a pastry chefs council is poised to host a Room for Dessert dinner at Storefront Company on October 14. Calling all chocoholics. It’s that time of year for […]

A Spectacle of Fall Flavors at Sixteen

Sitting down to dinner at Sixteen recently, on the first evening of their new fall menu, I was greeted with a “menu” that reminded me of the spell book in Hocus Pocus. Not many restaurants can tug on such heartstrings. But Sixteen is not just any restaurant. Under the direction of executive chef Thomas Lents and pastry chef […]

Restaurant Food Films Travels to Paris

Delving further than any film has ever delved into the relationships that arise in restaurants, Open Tables is a Chicago-based independent film shot exclusively in many of the city’s top restaurants and bars. The film hones in on friendships and romantic relationships that unfold at dining tables, and how in this day and age restaurants play a […]

Tomato Bucket List 2013

Tomatoes are one of the most quintessential summer foods, and when they’re in season, chefs go wild for them. Nowadays you can find tomatoes in multiple iterations all over restaurants in Chicago. Here’s a thorough list of some of the city’s top tomato dishes of the summer. When tomatoes roll into season, you shut up […]

Corn and blueberries are popping up together on menus all over town.   Restaurants: Sixteen, Epic, The Gage, Stout Barrel House & Galley, Lobby at the Peninsula Chicago Content: Corn and blueberries are the Laverne and Shirley of summer produce. Two of the season’s most beloved and eagerly awaited ingredients are perpetual plate playmates, popping up […]