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What to Eat Drink This Week: Eat Chestnuts at Sola, Eat Dough at Bar Toma, Burn Your Mouth Off at Jake Melnick’s, and Drink Beer at TWO

Dough Masters Dinner at Bar Toma: (Eat dough with this guy, Fabio Viviani) 1, Bar Toma‘s final Dough Masters dinner of the year takes place Monday, December 9, and they’re bringing out the big guns with the help of chef Fabio Viviani of Top Chef fame and not-too-far-away Siena Tavern. Drink at Beer Tasting and Passed Apps at TWO […]

Brunch Bites: Blunch at Fountainhead and New Menu at West Town Bakery & Diner

In this week’s batch of brunch bites, Fountainhead launches Saturday “blunch” and West Town Bakery & Diner implements an entirely new menu. (Matzo ball soup, over-stuffed sandwiches, and pancakes, oh my! All on the new menus at West Town Bakery & Diner. Photo: West Town Bakery & Diner) You know Sunday brunch. It’s the best […]

Chefs Make Pizza Cameos

Just because a chef doesn’t operate a pizza restaurant and toss dough every day should not bar them from making their own pizza. This is a free country, after all. The opportunity for chefs to design their own pizza is a sacred right. Celebrating that right are Roots Handmade Pizza and The Grid, (Wood-fired pizza oven at The […]

Guest Chefs Descend on TWO and The Bristol

The phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen” does not apply when the cooks in question are top-tier talents serving as guest chefs for a night. Such is the case at two upcoming dinner events in Chicago, one hosted byTWO Restaurant and the other by The Bristol. Each restaurant welcomes a culinary delegate for a night, accentuating […]

Save the Date for Boozy New Dinners

Several new wine dinners are on the horizon, providing ample opportunity for diners to wine and dine to their heart’s content at Chicago Restaurants   The wines of Montalcino are at the forefront of the Il Poggione wine dinner taking place October 23 at Piccolo Sogno. Co-hosted by wine master Alessandro Bindocci, the event will showcase […]

Oktoberfest Beer and Wine Recommendations From the Pros

Oktoberfest is all about the boozing, but you have to know how to do it right. With the help of a couple beer and wine pros, here are several suggestions for apt Oktoberfest drinking. Oktoberfest is all about the booze and the merriment. What Christmas is to presents, gingerbread, and candy canes, Oktoberfest is to […]

TWO Turns One

To celebrate their one-year anniversary, TWO is going all out with a few sensational specials. Patrons at TWO will be offered half-priced cocktails and draft beers when they dine within the celebratory window. Chef Tom Van Lente is also going all out with whole hogs, bringing in two suckling pigs from Swan Creek Farms for […]

Farewell, West Town Tavern, La Creperie

Restaurants come and restaurants go. Research shows that about 60 percent of eateries don’t make it even a year. Restaurateurs also change concepts, retire without successors, suffer disasters and lose their leases. We’re very sad, though, when long established favorites shut their doors. Chicago is losing two more places that will be sorely missed. La […]

Savor summer with Slow Food Chicago

Slow Food Chicago hosts a variety of events this summer highlighting the seasonal tastes of the harvest. August 10: A farm-to-table dinner at Mint Creek Farm in Stelle, Ill., features a menu prepared by Mark Payne, executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton Chicago’s deca restaurant. Before dinner, farmer Harry Carr will lead a tour of Mint […]

At the nexus of summer, restaurants are cooling customers down with a bevy of chilled soups.

It’s July in Chicago and it’s humid. Walking around outside during the day feels like going for a stroll through warm soup. When the weather gets like this, there are a few defenses we can take to ameliorate the heat, such as chilled soup. This is a great outlet for chefs to express seasonal flavors […]