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GLAAD Hatter Brunch, Tuscan Dinner and Cantina Nights: Weekend Planner

GLAAD Hatter Brunch   . GLAAD Hatter Brunch & Tea Dance This isn’t your average brunch. Taking place May 15, Pasteur in Edgewater hosts a GLAAD Hatter Brunch & Tea Dance, which features cocktails, tea, dancing, a raffle, and a “hat parade” all for a good cause. The event is co-chaired by Chad Bermingham and […]

Trend Alert: Vices Into Tea and Coffee Shops

Trend Alert: Vices   Let’s start with cigars. Although less harmful (and less illegal) than lighting up a cigarette or a joint inside a restaurant, cigars can now be found and purchased at a new downtown steakhouse and a new Humboldt Park coffee shop. For Prime & Provisions, a new steakhouse from the DineAmic Group. […]

Tea time at the Atwood

The beloved tradition of holiday tea is back at Atwood Cafe in the Loop. The afternoon repast offers eight loose leaf tea choices, including black, green, white and herbal varieties, sweetened with cumin- or chamomile-infused honey; Chef Derek Simick’s tea sandwiches (tomato-cucumber, salmon and curried chicken salad); cranberry scones; biscotti; chocolate-covered strawberries; chocolate espresso cups; […]

Dim sum day for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Aria hosts a dim sum tea for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Eat this! Chrysanthemum tea, China’s sweet cure-all

What it is: An infusion of the flowers of one of several types of chrysanthemums (such as Chrysanthemum morifolium or C. indicum), chrysanthemum tea is a refreshing beverage popular in China and elsewhere in Asia. Faintly honeyed on its own, it’s often brewed with rock sugar for additional sweetness. Chinese herbalists claim the tea has […]

Take tea with Mrs. Potter Palmer on the North Shore

Take tea with Chicago’s historic hostess with the mostest! Bertha Honore Palmer, wife of millionaire real estate magnate Potter Palmer, presided over a glittering social scene at the end of the 19th century. Recreated by Leslie Goddard, she will preside over an elegant afternoon tea sponsored by the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance at 1 p.m. […]

Celebrate the holidays Edwardian-style in Evanston

Celebrate the holidays with old-fashioned elegance. Through Jan. 2, Pensiero Ristorante in Evanston offers traditional English afternoon tea each Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon amid Edwardian decor beside a roaring fire in the Grand Parlor of the Margarita European Inn. With 90-minute seatings from 1 to 5 p.m., the afternoon repast comes complete with finger sandwiches, […]