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Baconfest News: 2014 Chef Roster & Ticket Sales Date

For six years, Chicagoans have embraced bacon every April – tickets to the annual Baconfest Chicago sell out in minutes. In an attempt to satisfy Chicago‚Äôs bottomless bacon appetite, organizers have added a third exhibition session and are featuring more chefs than ever before. Today, Baconfest Chicago is excited to release its 2014 chef roster. […]

The Maxwell Street Polish, a Chicago original

While there are a few more days of National Hot Dog Month left, I’m going to talk about Chicago’s second favorite sausage sandwich. In some ways, the Maxwell Street Polish is even more uniquely Chicagoan than the Chicago-style hot dog. Sure, the unique combination of toppings says Chicago, and even the wieners are a little […]

Local food fest fetes farm-fresh cuisine

The Good Food Festival and Conference, celebrating local farmers and chefs and their food, launches today at UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. Events for the general public begin tomorrow night at 6 p.m. with a party featuring fermentation expert Sandor Katz, followed by “Localicious,” a tasting event featuring samples from such restaurants as […]

6 spots for noodling around Chicago in March

March is National Noodle Month! Think chow fun, chow mein, lo mein, pad Thai, pad kee mao, pho, ramen … yum! Try these spots for slurp-worthy versions of the slippery stuff. 1. Joy Yee’s Noodles, Chinatown, University Village, Evanston and Naperville. 2. Koi, Evanston. 3. Le Colonial, Near North Side. 4. Pho Xe Tang / […]

Chefs and farmers come together for Good Food Festival

The Good Food Festival and Conference, March 15 through 17 at UIC Forum, celebrates the locally-driven food. On Saturday, March 17, the festival showcases Midwest artisan and farmer exhibitors and offers workshops on growing and making food, chef demos, family-friendly activities and speakers of interest to food lovers. “Chefs at Play” cooking demos feature Bruce […]

Pigging out at the peak with Chicago-made treat

When Rockford, Ill., climber Bob Peterson reached the base camp of Mount Everest, a 60-mile trek, 9,000 feet of it uphill, he celebrated with an unusual local trail mix made in Chicago.

Get a taste of local farming at FamilyFarmed Expo’s Local Food Festival

The FamilyFarmed Expo began today at UIC Forum, bringing together farmers, financiers, locavores and others who share an interest in improving and supporting Midwestern agriculture. While the complete four-day, $350 event may be too intense for most of us, Saturday’s Local Food Festival offers a taste with cooking demonstrations, seminars, tastings, shopping and more. Tickets […]

Soup’s on! Hull-House Kitchen relaunches ‘Re-Thinking Soup’

And they say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. The Hull-House Kitchen resumes its weekly free soup and conversation sessions, “Re-Thinking Soup,” at noon tomorrow with gazpacho from Hull-House Farm heirloom tomatoes and a talk by Joshua Viertel, former president of Slow Food USA. The Tuesday lunches bring together food activists, farmers, chefs, […]