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Suburban chef perks up urban lounge menu

For all you Chicago residents who are afraid to venture outside city limits, here’s your chance to sample the fare of one of the suburbs’ top chefs without disturbing your urban sensibilities. Chef Michael Lachowicz of restaurant Michael in Winnetka is serving a stint as consulting chef for Mercer One Thirteen, bringing his French-inspired cuisine […]

10 uncommon Mother’s Day 2013 options in Chicago

Sure, you can follow the brunch bunch on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, but why not let mom sleep in and enjoy something different? Here are a few uncommon ways to celebrate with Mom this weekend. Start Mother’s Day weekend off by taking mom to a special Truffle Making Party at Katherine Anne Confections in […]

Chicago chefs’ top 10 recipes of 2012

Pies and lobster dishes were among our most popular recipes of last year, showing that despite straitened times, cooks are still looking for a little indulgence. On the other hand, two pasta dishes also made the list, so they’re economizing, too. Here are Dining Chicago’s 10 most clicked-on local chefs’ recipes of 2012. Which were […]

Chicago restaurants remember Julia Child

Food Dude David Lissner interviews Julia Child during a 1996 Dining Chicago show. The late doyenne of French cookery, Julia Child, would have been 100 years old on Wednesday, Aug. 15. At Old Town Social, Chef Jared Van Camp will celebrate that night with a three-course tribute dinner featuring dishes made from recipes out of […]

Eat this! Terrines, flavorful French molds

What it is: A highly flavored loaf of coarsely chopped meat, vegetables or seafood, often layered and served chilled, a terrine is typically served sliced, as an appetizer. It’s similar to pate, but terrines usually have distinct components, while pates are more finely ground and homogenous. Where it comes from: The dish is considered French, […]

15 top Chicago Easter brunches

Hop on out for brunch this Easter (Sunday, April 8). Here are a dozen of Chicago’s best. C-House, Streeterville. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef Nicole Pederson offers a seasonal menu including such dishes as farro and poached eggs with speck, fiddlehead ferns, lemon and watercress, with toast ($12); house-made pork sausage eggs benedict […]

Top 10 Chicago chefs’ recipes for 2011

Our top 10 recipes from Chicago chefs.

15 Christmas Eve dinners in Chicago

For some, Christmas Eve is the main event of the holiday season. For others, it’s a night for wrapping last-minute gifts and prepping for the big day on the 25th. And then there are those for whom it’s just another night. Whichever camp you fall in, plenty of Chicago restaurants are open to serve you. […]

8 great holiday entertaining recipes from Chicago chefs

Holiday cooking and entertaining season has come upon us. If you’re looking for new ideas for your own holiday parties or dishes to take along to friends’, try these terrific recipes from Chicago chefs. Lillie’s Q, Wicker Park, pimento cheese, a Southern party spread. Shokran, Irving Park, zaalouk, Moroccan eggplant spread. Rhapsody, Loop, arancini, Italian […]

Tuscan cuisine highlighted at Winnetka cookbook dinner

  UPDATE: The event at Corner Cooks has been canceled. Johns will instead hold a limited, private cooking class at 1 W. Superior St., Chicago, on Aug. 31. Recipes covered include frittura di autunno, battered and fried fall flowers and vegetables; pan’ santo, bruschette with sauteed greens; ribollita, vegetable and bread soup; peposo, beef braised […]