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Contest Thu Mar 08 2012

A Proper Irish Pub Crawl + Giveaway

CitySwarm is hosting an early, but properly Irish pub crawl on Thursday, March 15th. Forget the green-dyed miller light and drunkards decked in awkward eyeware, this ethnically-correct pub crawl begins at 6:30 at at Brehon's Pub with an Irish buffet spread: spinach artichoke dip, corned beef sandwiches, cabbage, pickles and salad plus, a Killians Red to wash it down. Then you'll hop on a trolley, clinking more Killians all the way to the Fifth Province, an authentic Irish Pub located in the Irish American Heritage Center. There, you'll hear a jam session hosted by the Irish Music School of Chicago, more Killians, you get the idea. The night carries on with pipebands, Killians, Irish desserts, more Killians... Check out the whole schedule here.

Regular tickets cost $52 and are on sale now, but Gapers Block is giving away two free tickets to one lucky reader. Go kiss a leprechaun, find a four-leafer and email us at with the subject line "Pot 'O' Gold" with your name and telephone number, along with the name of your favorite Irish pub in Chicago, by 11:59pm tomorrow (Friday). We will select a winner and notify you via email. Éirinn go Brách and good luck! UPDATE: We have a winner! Congrats to Caroline!

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LINDSAY / March 8, 2012 11:09 AM

We are also happy to offer Gaper's readers $10 off! just use code GAPERS at checkout:)

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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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