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Quartet of Mexican cuisine’s top chefs to gather in Chicago

Mexico City chef Jorge Vallejo (Quintonil) and New York City’s Alex Stupak (Empellon) join Chicagoans Carlos Gaytan (Mexique) and Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill and others) for a two-day celebration of contemporary Mexican cuisine, “Mod Mex,” Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, at Frontera Grill in River North. Saturday’s event, “Mod Mex: The New Face […]

Mixing and matching — learn from Chicago’s best

Learn how to join the cocktail culture this summer with these wine and spirits-laced classes. In the Alfresco Summer Cocktail Class at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Epic in River North, mixologist Michael Cristiani will show you how to mix a Sex Panther, with Bacardi Dragonberry, mango puree and club soda; a Mayan Horizon, featuring 10 […]

Illinois cheese dinner slated for Logan Square

Amy Marcoot from Marcoot Jersey Creamery in Greenville, Ill., brings a selection of her farmstead cheeses to Logan Square for a dinner at Jam Restaurant. The evening, sponsored by the Great American Cheese Collection begins at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, with a sampling Marcoot havarti, gouda, smoked gouda and aged Alpine. Next, the cheeses […]

‘The Dinner Party’ a unique blend of food and arts talk

Chef John Manion makes his signature vegetarian empanadas with kale salad and pork loin with black-bean risotto and chimichurri. Fear No Art’s “The Dinner Party,” a conversation with leading Chicago artists over a light meal shared with the audience, continues at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1, at City Winery in the West Loop. On […]

Katherine Anne hosts sweet preview

Katherine Anne Confections in Logan Square launches 14 of its latest truffles and caramels with a preview tasting party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27. Along with the sweet samples, your $30 ticket also gets you wine and savory snacks from Pilsen’s Fig Catering. The treats include: Blackberry lavender truffle: semisweet chocolate, market […]

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 […]

Three West Loop places to taste the hard stuff

There’s more to drink than chardonnay and craft beers. Check out these West Loop tastings of stronger spirits. Porkchop in the West Loop introduces a whiskey flight program. Their high-proof trios, which include tastings of bourbons, ryes, Irish whiskeys and scotches, range from $15 to $22, and they’ll throw in a slider for another $6. […]

Friday food porn: Four courses of indulgence

Peanut butter and jelly dacquoise features creamy peanut butter mousse and raspberry jam sandwiched between peanut meringue with salted peanut brittle. The dessert will be served as part of Chef Heather Terhune’s decadent four-course dessert and champagne event, 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Sable Kitchen & Bar in River North. Bartender Mike Ryan will […]

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, […]

Free cheese tasting Monday

Taste a selection of exceptional artisan American cheeses from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Lux Bar on the Gold Coast in a free pop-up Cheese Salon from The Great American Cheese Collection. The event features John Loomis, owner of Zingermann’s Creamery in Ann Arbor, Mich., presenting bloomy rind cow and goat milk […]