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Event Thu Dec 22 2011

A Quickfire Holiday Gift

Of all the Top Chef contestants this season, one stands out for me, and it's not out of my love for Chicago and its ilk: Sarah Grueneberg of Spiaggia. She seems a lot more earnest and unassuming than the other contestants, and while several of them have rolled their eyes at Grueneberg's Texas roots in past episodes, I think it's because she just seems so nice, which basically means people think they can steamroll her. If you feel the same way, you can tell Sarah in person January 21, when she and Spiaggia head chef Tony Mantuano hold a cooking class/demo at the restaurant (980 N Michigan). You'll get your own food and wine to chow while watching the chefs do a little in-kitchen challenge similar to the show, then learn how to make it. Cost $125; call 312-280-2750 to reserve.

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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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