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Last call for Wine Week reservations

Smith & Wollensky in River North hosts its 51st semi-annual national Wine Week today through Friday, Sept. 19. Lunch at the steakhouse and sample up to 10 wines for just $10 with the purchase of a lunch entree. To support research efforts and raise awareness about breast cancer, tastings will feature pink (rose) wines and […]

Friday food porn: Layer it on!

The towering 23-layer chocolate cake, $14, a decadent signature of Pastry Chef Hillary Rikower at Michael Jordan’s Steak House on the Magnificent Mile.

A day of filet

There’s a holiday for everything: National Filet Mignon Day is Monday, Aug. 13. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Rosemont celebrates with a filet mignon sampler: four 2 oz. prime filet mignon medallions each prepared a different way — topped with blue cheese, horseradish crusted, peppercorned and Oscar-style with a crown of asparagus, crab and bearnaise […]

Friday food porn: O Oysters, come and walk with us

Celebrate National Oyster Day, Sunday, Aug. 5, at Benny’s Chop House in the River North. Specialty oysters from Delaware Bay, New Brunswick, Cape Cod and other regions are available at $14.99 a half dozen and $26.99 a dozen. For a deal, though, have a belated celebration at the steakhouse’s weekly Oyster Wednesday, when the mollusks […]

Eat this! Lobster bisque for National Lobster Day

What it is: A thick creamy soup flavored with lobster, lobster bisque is a rich and elegant dish. Because the base broth makes use of lobster shells, it’s a good way to get every last bit of goodness from the costly crustaceans. Where it comes from: The origins of lobster bisque are obscure. Bisques are […]

Free wine tonight in Streeterville

Drink up! Every Monday night from 5 to 7:30 p.m., David Burke’s Primehouse in Streeterville offers a free wine tasting with dinner. Tonight’s pour will be Woodward Canyon “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, 2009. Wine samples change weekly.

Eat this! Six Chicago recipes for the start of summer

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer in Chicagoland. Enjoy these recipes from local chefs at at your picnics and cookouts. Chef Jeremy Brewington:Spicy marinated shrimp, a quick meal on the grill. Al Teatro, Pilsen: Pollo con olive e pignoli, braised chicken with olives and pinenuts, done on the stovetop so it doesn’t heat […]

International meals honor NATO nations

With the NATO Summit in Chicago, the coming weekend might seem like a good time to visit your favorite suburban restaurants, but if you haven’t yet checked out the NATO-inspired offerings of Chicago’s Culinary Crossroads, be sure to dine in the city sometime before May 25. Dozens of local eateries are participating, offering specials inspired […]

Five last-minute Chicago ideas for Mother’s Day

You do know it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday? Get on the phone now and make reservations. These places likely still have openings: Make it Italian Mother’s Day. Merlo Salumeria in Lincoln Park and Merlo on Maple on the Gold Coast offer three-course Mother’s Day dinners at $29 and $45 respectively. The Salumeria offers main courses […]

Eat this! Fresh peas, fleeting bursts of flavor

What it is: “English,” “garden” or “green” peas (Pisum sativum) are delectable, small, round, sweet vegetables that grow on vines inside inedible pods. Today, only about 5 percent of peas are sold fresh; more than half are canned, and the rest are frozen. The flavors of these three preparations are much more pronounced than many […]