Monday, May 12, 2014

The Smoke Daddy Celebrates 20 Years of BBQ

Filed Under: Blog , Bucktown/ Wicker Park , news

Slow-roasted ribs will be the star of the birthday celebration.

A Wicker Park barbecue joint is celebrating two decades of bringing Southern flavors to Chicago the way it knows best – by combining good food with good company. From May 15th to May 17th, The Smoke Daddy (1804 W. Division St.) will host a 20th birthday party complete with three days of specials, music and most importantly, plenty of smoked pork.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Edible, Elegant Fundraiser at Grace Restaurant for American Food Conference

Filed Under: Blog , Dinner , news

A dish by Jessica Largey, Chef de Cuisine at Manresa in Los Gatos, CA, and one of the featured chefs for the fundraiser. (Photo courtesy Ashley Sears)

American food conferences don’t come cheap, and if you want to try to avoid having a corporate logo on every table, menu and fork, sometimes you have to go out and raise the money yourself. That’s partly why on Sunday, June 15th, Breville is presenting the “Future of American Food” dinner at Grace (652 W. Randolph St) to raise money for the upcoming “Roots of American Food” conference in September here in Chicago. The two-day conference is co-curated by Christopher Kostow (of Meadowood in St. Helena, CA) and Stephen Torres, and will take place September 7th and 8th. Read More

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ultimate Vancouver Culinary Tour, Sept. 6-9

Filed Under: Blog , news
I'm going to be eating and drinking in Vancouver Sept. 6-9. Wanna come with?

I’m going to be eating and drinking in Vancouver Sept. 6-9. Wanna come with?

After our successful (and incredibly delicious) eating and drinking trip to New Orleans in March, I’ve decided to plan another group trip. This time, we’re going to visit one of my favorite cities in the world: Vancouver. The thing I love about this jewel, tucked into the corner of British Columbia, on Canada’s west coast, is the amalgam of ocean, mountains, forest, park and gleaming, all-glass skyline. But the heavily-influenced Asian food and locally-produced wine and spirits are just as impressive; this time around, I’ve curated a three-night, four-day trip that will leave you wanting a lot more. It’s scheduled for September 6 – 9, and all you’ll need to arrange is airfare. Read More

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Chicago Picks Up Pair of James Beard Awards

Filed Under: Blog , news

The Purple Pig’s Jimmy Bannos Jr. tied for Rising Star Chef in the U.S.

Last night’s James Beard Awards in New York City honored the accomplishments of some of the greatest female chefs in the country. Outstanding Chef in the U.S. (Nancy Silverton), NYC (April Bloomfield) and Restaurateur (Barbara Lynch) were among the highlights. But Chicago had several nominations as well, and just two chefs were able to grace the podium. Yes, these are the Oscars of the culinary world, but not sure they are an accurate representation, this year at least, of how significant and outstanding the local food scene is (I know, totally local bias). Here are this year’s Chicago winners: Read More

Monday, May 5, 2014

A Trio of Mother’s Day Brunch Options In, Around Chicago

Filed Under: Blog , Brunch , news
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Bacon-wrapped prunes with Armagnac honey, one of the many dishes at Untitled on Mother’s Day.

There’s no better way to let mom know you appreciate her on Mother’s Day than by taking her out to a nice brunch. This year, a few Chicago-area restaurants are making it easy for you to say “thanks,” by offering special brunch menus and a little something extra for moms.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

A Night of Neapolitan Pizza

Filed Under: Blog , Dinner , news

Eataly and Spacca Napoli will be serving up Neapolitan-style pies for a special, one-night-only menu.

Call it an Italian response to way too much Corona and guac on Cinco de Mayo, and forget the deep dish. On Monday, May 5th, Eataly Chicago and Spacca Napoli are coming together for one night only, to celebrate Neapolitan-style pizza. The event, called “Pizza A Quattro Mani,” will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature a special menu with pies from both Eataly’s Rosso Pomodoro and Spacca Napoli pizza makers. All guests are invited to Eataly’s La Pizza restaurant (43 E. Ohio St.) for the special. Could this be the beginning of an annual Cinco de Nea Festa?