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18 Passover 2013 ideas in Chicago

Does Bubbe need a little help this Passover? Whether you’re hosting a seder at home, want to enjoy it in a restaurant or just want a taste of the holiday before the real thing begins, area chefs are prepared to assist. Reservations and advance orders strongly recommended. Bebe’s Eatery at the Chicago French Market offers […]

On St. Patrick’s Day, skip green beer — drink Passover wine

If you think kosher wines are just sweet, dark, heavy fluids produced by Manischewitz or Mogen David, think again. Kosher wines now equal some of the best vintages in the world. Taste for yourself from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, when Hungarian Kosher Foods in Skokie hosts a free pre-Passover tasting of more […]

7 places to find hamantaschen and other Purim goodies

Beginning at sunset, Saturday, Feb. 23, area Jews will celebrate the festival of Purim, perhaps the most boisterous on the Jewish calendar, a Mardi Gras-like celebration marked by costume parties and gift giving. As with many Jewish holidays, Purim commemorates yet another occasion when somebody tried but didn’t quite succeed to wipe out the Jews […]

Kaufman’s reopens Oct. 29

Mazel tov, deli fans! After being closed by fire for nearly a year, Kaufman’s Bagel & Delicatessen is slated to reopen on Oct. 29, the owners announced this week, bagels, rye bread, corned beef and all. “We’ve been assured by our contractor, architect, rabbi, priest, suppliers, the village elders and our neighbors that the 29th […]

Happy New Year! 14 eateries for the Jewish High Holidays

No need to fuss over fixing meals for the Jewish High Holidays — restaurants will do it for you. A variety of Chicago eateries are prepared to serve traditional-style menus for the two nights of the Rosh Hashana, dinner preceding Yom Kippur and suppers for breaking your fast afterwards. Unless otherwise mentioned, Rosh Hashana menus […]

Another day, another pig roast

Chicago can’t get enough of that roasted pork. Here’s where to find your fill. Mahoney’s Pub & Grille in River West throws a pig roast luau Saturday, Aug. 11. The outdoor luau, with flower leis for everyone, starts at 11 a.m. with burgers, brats, hot dogs and more on the grill, and the pig will […]

Friday food porn: Middle Eastern delight

A lovely cool meal for hot nights, the vegetarian combination plate at Pita Inn in Glenview, Skokie and Wheeling features hummus, baba ghannouj, tabbouleh, falafel, stuffed grape leaves and Jerusalem salad, served with house-made pita bread, $6.99. After sunset during Ramadan, which began last night and continues through Aug. 18, expect to see many Muslim […]

Dairy meals mark Jewish days of mourning

One of the lesser known Jewish holidays, Tisha B’Av, or the Ninth of Av, culminates nine days of religious observance that, like many other Jewish occasions, can be summed up — as the old joke goes — “They tried to wipe us out. They couldn’t do it. Let’s eat!” Tisha B’Av, a fast day, is […]

9 places to celebrate Passover 2012 in Chicago

Passover, the Jewish commemoration of the Biblical Exodus, begins at sunset Friday, April 6. If you don’t have a seder to go to, a variety of local restaurants stand ready to provide you with traditional holiday fare. Many provide Passover meals to go as well, but call now to order. Mity Nice on the Magnificent […]

Top Chicago spots for Purim goodies

The Jewish festival of Purim begins at sunset Wednesday, March 7. Like many Jewish holidays, Purim commemorates yet another occasion when somebody tried but didn’t quite succeed to wipe out the Jews — in this case a Persian tyrant in about 360 B.C. — but this holiday is more festive than most, a boisterous Mardi […]