NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

Grilled Cheese…Not Just Your Average Kids’ Meal

Grilled cheese is a go-to for picky eaters,  the perfect choice for when you need some comfort food, and tomato soup’s perfect partner. That doesn’t mean it can’t also be a delicious gourmet meal on its own as well though! These Chicago sandwiches are full of cheesy goodness that you will love no matter your age, mood, or mealtime. With ... Read More »

Coffee MatchMakers…The Perfect Dessert Pairing

Just as sommeliers expertly pair wine to a savory meal, baristas from these choice bakeries and cafes know just the trick to pair coffee (or tea, for that matter) with the perfect dessert. The right match between a bold coffee and a delicate pastry highlights each component’s best qualities, complements contrasting flavors, and elevates a simple morning meal (or digestif ... Read More »

Chicago Restaurant Week 2020: Favorites and Great Finds

What happens January 24-February 9, you may ask? Only Chicago’s 13th annual Restaurant Week! The epic days of food all Chicagoans look forward to—and this year, over 400 local restaurants, including 80 first-timers, are participating in this beloved culinary experience. Whether it’s brunch, lunch, or dinner, there is a prix-fixe menu and a cuisine for every one of your flights ... Read More »

Casual Gourmet in the Chicago Food Scene

Next of Kin Cafe {625 Davis Street, Evanston; 847.563.8242} Helmed by Chef Marco Bahena, Next of Kin Cafe is a chef-driven casual restaurant that offers a little something for everyone—and we truly mean everyone. This one-stop-shop neighborhood hub has quick-serve breakfasts, made-to-order sammies, all-day sweets and treats, and more. Brewing up inventive caffeine concoctions, start the day with a Mayan ... Read More »

Last-Minute, Top-Notch New Year’s Day Plans

With all the hubbub around New Year’s Eve, we can sometimes forget that there’s a whole other day of celebrations to look forward to after the clock strikes midnight. New Year’s Day has its own parties and celebrations, if you can peel yourself out of bed that is! If you think leaving bed might be a struggle, we have a ... Read More »

FOOD AND DINING

Grilled Cheese…Not Just Your Average Kids’ Meal

Grilled cheese is a go-to for picky eaters,  the perfect choice for when you need some comfort food, and tomato soup’s perfect partner. That doesn’t mean it can’t also be a delicious gourmet meal on its own as well though! These Chicago sandwiches are full of cheesy goodness that you will love no matter your age, mood, or mealtime. With ... Read More »

Coffee MatchMakers…The Perfect Dessert Pairing

Just as sommeliers expertly pair wine to a savory meal, baristas from these choice bakeries and cafes know just the trick to pair coffee (or tea, for that matter) with the perfect dessert. The right match between a bold coffee and a delicate pastry highlights each component’s best qualities, complements contrasting flavors, and elevates a simple morning meal (or digestif ... Read More »

Casual Gourmet in the Chicago Food Scene

Next of Kin Cafe {625 Davis Street, Evanston; 847.563.8242} Helmed by Chef Marco Bahena, Next of Kin Cafe is a chef-driven casual restaurant that offers a little something for everyone—and we truly mean everyone. This one-stop-shop neighborhood hub has quick-serve breakfasts, made-to-order sammies, all-day sweets and treats, and more. Brewing up inventive caffeine concoctions, start the day with a Mayan ... Read More »

Cheers to Happy Holiday Teas in Chicago

Afternoon tea is a long-standing tradition that asks us all to slow down, take a break, and just enjoy the day. Whether you sip on a cup on your own in a bustling hotel, or carve out time to spend with family around a cozy table, the most popular time to indulge in afternoon tea is during the holiday season. ... Read More »

Chicago Food Hall Favorites for Fast Casual Dining

With tested favorites, as well as some new and inventive concepts joining the fray, Chicago’s food hall scene has never been stronger. From Michelin-starred masters to bright-eyed rookies, house made sausages to decadent desserts, you can have your pick of any number of amazing choices at a food hall. But the true beauty of it? You don’t have to try ... Read More »

CULINARY PERSONALITIES

In the Kitchen with Erik Baylis from Centre Street Kitchen

Centre Street Kitchen {1224 West Webster Avenue, Chicago;  312.815.1917} embraces an upbeat atmosphere, creating an environment that embraces community and the celebration of life. This comes from owner and restaurateur Erik Baylis, who is a cancer survivor, and created this latest venture to bridge his two passions—hospitality and giving back. He also strives to bring people together through food and ... Read More »

Chicago’s Top Independent Restaurateurs Right Now

A look inside the life: the rewards, the challenges, and everything in between PROSECCO Chicago DiningOut talks with nine independent restaurateurs who make our dining scene the quintessential culinary destination it is today. Without the same deep pockets as the ‘Big Box’ chains and large hospitality groups, these Chicagoland spots thrive against the odds. In honor of all independent restaurateurs, ... Read More »

Chicago Chef Roundtable

Chicago’s chefs get nostalgic for the holidays of years past “What kitchen sounds, smells, and tastes take you back to your favorite holiday memories?” Ivan Roa, Executive Chef at Hotel Zachary {3630 North Clark Street; 773.302.2300} Years cooking: 10 “To me, there’s no better holiday than Christmas. The sound of laughter, smell of warm cinnamon sticks, and taste of star ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Ryan Pfeiffer of Blackbird

Blackbird’s new executive chef is continuing the West Loop Mecca’s history of excellence After more than two decades, West Loop veteran Blackbird {619 West Randolph Street, Chicago; 312.715.0708} is still a food lover’s paradise, and for good reason. Under the guidance of the legendary Paul Kahan, Chef Ryan Pfeiffer has risen through the ranks and put his own stamp on ... Read More »

Chef Roundtable: Summertime Delicacies

What is your favorite ingredient to use in the summer? Nobu Kobayashi, Executive Chef at Kamehachi Years cooking: 30 “Japanese cuisine is very focused on using fresh, seasonal ingredients.  The Japanese culture pays respect to nature, down to the smallest detail and ingredient. In the summer, I like to use a special imported ginger called Myoga. When I eat the fresh ... Read More »