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TV Thu Oct 13 2011

Check, Please Returns With New Episodes This Friday

After many, long, dark months of not knowing which restaurant to pick, we finally receive word that our favorite Chicago-based PBS show is back! Alpana, we've missed you.

"Chicago's restaurant scene is more vibrant and diverse than ever and we're thrilled to be able to showcase hot restaurants and hidden gems from all over the Chicago area," said "Check, Please!" Creator and executive Producer, David Manilow.

Season 11 promises first time culinary representation from Bosnia, Ghana and Kyrgyzstan. No word on whether or not the so-called "Check, Please! All-Stars" would be returning. While their addition in Season 10 was met with a notably mixed reception, it's impossible to deny the nerdy charm of bow-tied Italian economist Adolfo Laurenti.

Friday's premiere will feature Sprout, Schnitzel Platz and Meli Cafe & Juice Bar.

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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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