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Closings Thu May 21 2009

The Opposite "Check, Please!" Effect

Longtime Hyde Park restaurant Dixie Kitchen will be closing June 7. Dixie Kitchen's Lansing and Evanston locations will remain open, but all is not lost for Hyde Park residents in search of Dixie Kitchen's food: owner Carol Andresen will be transferring some DK recipes to neighboring Calypso Kitchen, which she also owns. President Obama appeared on a 2001 episode of "Check, Please!" to sing its praises, although the footage was shelved because producers thought Obama "was too polished and professional and dominated the show." Well, he moved on to better media opportunities.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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