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Event Thu Sep 20 2012

Crawling from Restaurant to Restaurant

Not one but three restaurant crawls are happening in different parts of the city in the next couple weeks.

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce was an early adopter of the crawl concept with the Dessert Crawl, which celebrates its seventh year this Sunday, Sept. 23, and the Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl.

dinnercrawls.jpgThis time around on the Dessert Crawl, there are three tracks to choose from: the Ice Cream Route, the Cupcake Route and the Lollipop Route. For $20 ($25 day of), you get to sample sweet treats at 10 neighborhood restaurants, coffeeshops and bakeries from 2pm to 5pm -- after which you'll probably want to sit down and take a breather.

Andersonville may have been doing it for a long time, but it's definitely not the only hood with this particular trick up its sleeve.

The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce is holding its first annual Fall Dinner Crawl on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Two routes (appropriately named Knife and Fork) offer tastes of at least a dozen restaurants each, for $35 in advance or $45 day of. There's also a "Kids' Nite Out" dinner at the Kids' Table that lets parents drop of their children for a healthy dinner while they go out and gorge themselves like grown-ups.

On Thursday, Oct. 11, it's the Taste of RogersEdge Dinner Crawl, sponsored by Loyola University, the Rogers Park Business Alliance and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. Now in its second year as one crawl (Rogers Park and Edgewater used to do them separately), the event follows the same basic formula: $25 ($30 day of) lets you sample the food at more than 20 restaurants in Rogers Park and Edgewater, mostly along Sheridan Road and Broadway. A trolley will help diners bridge the distance Act One Pub and The Pumping Co.

So there you go. Three opportunities to eat your way door to door through a neighborhood. Now all you have to do pick one and buy some elastic-waisted pants.

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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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