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Pre-game New Year’s Eve With Champagne Dinner at Vie

Get prepped for New Year’s Eve with a Champagne dinner at Vie. Before competing in a marathon, athletes bulk up on pasta. Before attending New Year’s Eve parties, you should attend a Champagne-themed dinner. It’s all about building up stamina and acclimating your body to the drastic changes it’s about to endure.¬†Vie¬†understands this and is […]

Congratulations, Chicago James Beard contenders

Congratulations to the Chicago semi-finalists in this year’s James Beard Awards. Final nominees will be announced March 19, and the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards ceremony takes place May 7. Chef Charlie Trotter of the soon-to-close Charlie Trotter’s in Lincoln Park will be recipient of the 2012 Humanitarian of the Year Award. Best New Restaurant […]

Eat this! Gnudi, the naked dumplings

Gnudi are small, delicate Italian dumplings, made from ricotta cheese.

Five September foodie freebies

FREE Every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar in River North offers a buy-one-get-one-free deal on its $10.95 lunch buffet. The lunch spread offers such dishes as taquitos, empanadas, tamales, enchiladas, braised and grilled meats with house-made tortillas, plus soup, sides and dessert. There’s still time to earn a […]

Chicago chefs tackle rare Arctic char

Cambridge Bay wild Arctic char is a rare fish with a short season. The fish, related to salmon and trout, spend most of the year under the ice caps of the Arctic Circle. In mid-August, they instinctively return to the waters of Cambridge Bay in Nunavut, Canada, for about two weeks, just before the bay […]

Chicago helps the Gulf

Help wildlife and families affected by the BP disaster and enjoy some of Chicago’s best eats. A $50 donation to Gulf Coast oil spill cleanup gets you into a benefit hosted by some of some of the city’s hottest eateries. The event takes place 5–7 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum […]

Ramping up: Chicago by any other name would smell as sweet

Although you won’t find any at your average hot-dog stand, Allium tricoccum is the real native food of Chicago. Also known as the ramp, wild leek, wild garlic and ail des bois, A. tricoccum is the vegetable that gave the city its name. While scholars are still arguing, most historians agree that Chicago is a […]

Chicago Chef Week brings more dining discounts

Chicago Chef Week is coming, March 22 through 28. Like last month’s Chicago Restaurant Week, this is a period of prix-fixe dining deals, with $20 lunches and $30 dinners, this time from local chef-driven restaurants.

Can you eat local for two weeks?

Green City Market challenges you to eat local. During the market’s challenge period, Wednesday, Sept. 9, through Sept. 23, participants sign a pledge to make a conscious effort to choose foods grown in Illinois, the adjoining states and Michigan. If you’re ever going to go the locavore route, now’s the time — the height of […]