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Holiday Eats this Week

Even if this week is about polite, tense smiles over eggnog and awkward conversation, you can strive high for good eating. Here's a breakdown of suggestions for the week:

Celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve at Davanti Enoteca; their seven-course menu has a weeklong engagement at their Chicago and Western Springs locations until the end of the year; $65 per person, served family-style. Osteria via Stato (620 N. State) is also getting in on the action for Christmas Eve; their special menu is $49 per person. If fish isn't your thing, Big Jones (5347 N. Clark) is serving a traditional Creole Revellion ($49 per person). Also, Chinatown is a great holiday destination, and many of the area's restaurants are open both Christmas Eve and Day: Lao Sze Chuan (2172 S. Archer; a second location is in Uptown at 4832 N. Broadway), MingHin (2168 S. Archer) and Go 4 Food (212 W. 23rd) are among the recommended spots.

On Christmas Day, hotel restaurants are your best bet: Allium (120 E. Delaware), Drake Brothers (140 E. Walton), Balsan (11 E. Walton), Aria (200 N. Columbus Dr), and Florentine (151 W. Adams) are solid choices (you might as well get a room while you're at it, right?). If you prefer to stay out of downtown, Ann Sather, Deleece (3747 N. Southport) and Andies (5253 N. Clark) will be open.

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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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