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Bite into Hamburger Month

The hamburger is a no fail meal option. No matter what toppings you pick, what breads you sandwich it with, or what spreads you use to finish it off with, you know you’re heading for a real feast for your taste buds. May is National Hamburger Month, and if you haven’t taken advantage of the holiday yet, we’ve rounded up ... Read More »

Get Your Game on this Weekend

Chicago is a sports town, no doubt about it. Year-round, sports lovers can catch their favorite teams in action and even play sports in the many amateur sports leagues across the city. Whether you are a fan of the Bulls, the Bears, the Blackhawks, the Sox or the Cubs, a Big 10 team, or anything in between, the city’s restaurants ... Read More »

The Art of Aging at Primehouse

There are plenty of well-known and well-respected steakhouses in Chicago, but only one with an on-premise dry-aging program that guests can enjoy first hand. This interactive dining experience can only be found at Primehouse {616 North Rush Street, The James Hotel, Chicago; 312.660.6000}. For those meat lovers looking for their next steak fix, Primehouse’s “Art of Aging” dinner gives guests an exclusive look ... Read More »

A Tour of Chicago’s Tasting Menus

Tasting menus are all the rage these days. No longer the domain of big-name chefs alone, these creative, celebratory meals allow the kitchen to strut their stuff while offering diners a true expression of the chef’s culinary vision. That’s certainly true in Chicago, where they’re the only option at some high-end restaurants and the main thrust at many, many others. ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Cory Morris from Ronero

Whether you are looking for a relaxing, upscale meal or a kick-butt rum cocktail, Ronero {738 West Randolph Street, Chicago; 312.600.6105} in the West Loop has you covered. Led by Executive Chef and Partner CoryMorris, the culinary team serves up regional dishes from Latin America that will keep your taste buds happy. Despite being fairly new to the Chicago food scene, Ronero ... Read More »

FEATURES

Bite into Hamburger Month

The hamburger is a no fail meal option. No matter what toppings you pick, what breads you sandwich it with, or what spreads you use to finish it off with, you know you’re heading for a real feast for your taste buds. May is National Hamburger Month, and if you haven’t taken advantage of the holiday yet, we’ve rounded up ... Read More »

Easy Mexican Recipes from Barrio

With Cinco de Mayo on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to test out a new recipe of Mexican cuisine. Take it from “Top Chef” alum Chef Katsuji Tanabe of River North’s upcoming summer addition, Barrio. When we asked about his favorite dish to make for the holiday, he had no hesitation in recommending his house made Salsa Macha. “I love Cinco de Mayo because it brings ... Read More »

Sips of the Season

Fiery Orchard Cider from Zed451 {739 North Clark Street, Chicago; 312.266.6691} Dip the rim of a wine glass in cinnamon sugar. Combine 3 ounces Angry Orchard Hard Cider, 1/2 ounce of Disaronno amaretto, 1/2 ounce Fireball cinnamon whiskey, 2 ounces sour mix, and a splash of soda water. Stir and garnish with 3 green apple balls. Spiced Sangría from Sullivan’s Steakhouse {415 North ... Read More »

Cold Weather Recipes

Stave off the Chicago chill with a few recipes from our favorite restaurants: French Onion Mash from Executive Chef Craig Couper of Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse  Ingredients (serves several) 5 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered 4 c heavy cream 1 stick unsalted butter 2 sweet onions, julienned 2 oz olive oil 3 c Gruyère, shredded salt and pepper to taste ... Read More »

Deck the Halls

Gourmet food halls have always been popular in Europe, but only recently have they made a big splash in the United States. For decades, in fact, Americans’ conception of a food hall equated to quick-serve food courts in malls and airports. But no longer. Chicago is now lucky to house some of the best avant-garde incarnations out there, with outposts ... Read More »

CULINARY PERSONALITIES

A Tour of Chicago’s Tasting Menus

Tasting menus are all the rage these days. No longer the domain of big-name chefs alone, these creative, celebratory meals allow the kitchen to strut their stuff while offering diners a true expression of the chef’s culinary vision. That’s certainly true in Chicago, where they’re the only option at some high-end restaurants and the main thrust at many, many others. ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Cory Morris from Ronero

Whether you are looking for a relaxing, upscale meal or a kick-butt rum cocktail, Ronero {738 West Randolph Street, Chicago; 312.600.6105} in the West Loop has you covered. Led by Executive Chef and Partner CoryMorris, the culinary team serves up regional dishes from Latin America that will keep your taste buds happy. Despite being fairly new to the Chicago food scene, Ronero ... Read More »

Keeping Pace

A career in the restaurant industry isn’t for everyone. Endless hours, tough physical demands, and cutthroat competition make this business difficult no matter who you are. It’s a field for the passionate and tenacious, the talented and the tireless. But are the opportunities equal for both men and women? It’s an argument that has persisted through the ages in societies ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Kingsbury Street Cafe

From food TV show hosts and judges to executive chefs, to owners and operators of restaurants, women are a culinary force to be reckoned with. Monique Duong Mark, General Manager of Kingsbury Street Cafe {1523 North Kingsbury Street, Chicago; 312.280.1718}, is one such force. Partnered with her mother, Hoa Dong, the two opened the family restaurant in September of 2011 with the goal of presenting ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Chef Chris Pandel at Bristol

A good chef does much more than cook food. They create an experience for their diners and represent their culinary city and influences, both past and present. They also can make a great difference in their hometown. This Friday, February 3 is the annual Grand Chefs Gala hosted by the Chicago Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. More than fifty chefs, mixologists, ... Read More »