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Drink Up on National Coffee Day

Goddess and the Baker

Coffee is the lifeblood of many of our days. It gets many of us up in the morning, gives us that afternoon jolt of energy, and even fuels a late night sesh. So let’s celebrate this magical bean! Tomorrow, September 29, is National Coffee Day, and we have the best spots to indulge in an extra cup or two or ... Read More »

Not-to-Miss Articles in Our Latest Issue

Fall is one of the best seasons in Chicago, thanks to football, baseball, local apple orchards, Oktoberfest, and more. But of course, we love it because of the food. With the coming of fall brings a slew of new restaurants, seasonal recipes, and inspiring chefs. Luckily, our Fall/Winter issue to here to guide you through every delicious bite! Top stories ... Read More »

Chicago’s Most Decadent Desserts

Alliance

With the beginning of fall, and the end of bathing suit season, we think the best time to indulge is now! Have that second helping of macaroni and cheese, one more glass of wine or…go crazy on the sweets. No matter the time of the day, dessert is never a bad idea. So let us eat cake, ice cream, donuts, ... Read More »

Keep Summer Going with Wine Slushies

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Though “summer” unofficially came to an end with the Labor Day weekend, there’s one thing that certainly will help keep the season alive—new cocktails to sip on! Filini Bar & Restaurant’s {221 North Columbus Drive, Chicago; 312.477.0234} Lead Bartender Ergys Dizdari has created wine slushies and a tasty watermelon cocktail, Seedless Sally, that have that summertime sweetness we all want to hang on ... Read More »

Top September Events

Cochon555

September is certainly going to be a busy month! It was tough to narrow down which events we want to attend most, and which bites we want to dig into first, but we did our best. With several festivals, including barbecue feasts and previews of the fall eats, it’s time to get your calendar out. Here are our top events ... Read More »

FEATURES

Keep Summer Going with Wine Slushies

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Though “summer” unofficially came to an end with the Labor Day weekend, there’s one thing that certainly will help keep the season alive—new cocktails to sip on! Filini Bar & Restaurant’s {221 North Columbus Drive, Chicago; 312.477.0234} Lead Bartender Ergys Dizdari has created wine slushies and a tasty watermelon cocktail, Seedless Sally, that have that summertime sweetness we all want to hang on ... Read More »

Diners’ Choice: Labriola Chicago

Labriola-pizza

Sitting at a red leather booth at the rear of Labriola Chicago {535 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago; 312.955.3100}, Owner Rich Labriola orders two versions of a pasta with a lightly spiced vodka sauce. He describes his order to the chef—a dish he recently enjoyed while on a trip to New York. When the steaming bowls arrive, he dives in with ... Read More »

Fast-Casual Phenom

Salad

The term, “fast casual,” coined in the 1990s, is a concept that “marries the age-old need to eat on the run to the much newer consumer demand for healthier options,” according to Matt Sena of FranchiseHelp.com. The fast-casual restaurant—which often foregoes full table service, but offers higher quality fare than traditional fast food restaurants—has been one of the fastest growing ... Read More »

Sips for the Season

Earl's Kitchen

Mayahuel Carnivale {702 West Fulton Market, Chicago; 312.850.5005} In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 ounce Avion añejo tequila, 1 ounce Grand Marnier, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, 1 ounce agave nectar, and 2 dashes orange bitters. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Pretty in Pink From Morton’s, The Steakhouse {65 East Wacker Place, Chicago; 312.201.0410} In a shaker ... Read More »

Bastille Day Sangria for Summer

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This Thursday is Bastille Day, the celebration of French Independence that gives us all a great excuse to indulge in French cuisine, champagne and more! And if you’re looking for a true taste of France, you don’t have to look much further than Chez Moi {2100 North Halsted Street, Chicago; 773.871.2100} in Lincoln Park. Executive Chef Dominique Tougne was born in Alsace, ... Read More »

CULINARY PERSONALITIES

Keep Summer Going with Wine Slushies

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Though “summer” unofficially came to an end with the Labor Day weekend, there’s one thing that certainly will help keep the season alive—new cocktails to sip on! Filini Bar & Restaurant’s {221 North Columbus Drive, Chicago; 312.477.0234} Lead Bartender Ergys Dizdari has created wine slushies and a tasty watermelon cocktail, Seedless Sally, that have that summertime sweetness we all want to hang on ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Chef Ryan Sand

Bernie's Lunch & Supper

We love when a local boy comes back home, especially when it means he gets to cook for us! Chef Ryan Sand, Executive Chef at Bernie’s Lunch & Supper in River North {660 North Orleans Street, Chicago; 312.624.9892} is an Illinois native. He attended the Culinary Institute of America, before beginning his professional culinary career in New York. Sand came back to the Windy City, ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Chef Russell Kook of Hugo’s Frog Bar

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Those who say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks clearly hasn’t been to Hugo’s Frog Bar {1024 North Rush Street, Chicago; 312.640.0999} anytime soon. After nearly 20 years as Chicago’s premier seafood destination, Hugo’s is shaking things up with a brand new Executive Chef, Russell Kook. He arrives at Hugo’s after serving as the Executive Chef at Chicago Cut Steakhouse and appearing on Iron ... Read More »

Sips for the Season

Earl's Kitchen

Mayahuel Carnivale {702 West Fulton Market, Chicago; 312.850.5005} In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 ounce Avion añejo tequila, 1 ounce Grand Marnier, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, 1 ounce agave nectar, and 2 dashes orange bitters. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Pretty in Pink From Morton’s, The Steakhouse {65 East Wacker Place, Chicago; 312.201.0410} In a shaker ... Read More »

Chef Johnny Anderes of The Kitchen

The Kitchen

The Chicago food community truly is that…a community. And few restaurants take that more seriously than the team at The Kitchen Chicago {316 North Clark Street, Chicago; 312.836.1300}, led by Chef Johnny Anderes. They operate on the principal that “gathering around the table and sharing good food and drink is what connects us as family, friends and a community.” To learn ... Read More »