in-depth coverage of chain stores bringing "boozy" versions of themselves to Chicago, it turns out the new boozy Target in Streeterville won't let you walk around with wine while you shop, like Mariano's -- it just has a Starbucks that serves wine in it.
No, not Hot Doug, nor Abe Froman. It's
Mark Reitman, the guy who runs Vienna Beef's Hot Dog University.
Intelligentsia Coffee is up for sale, and could fetch as much as $100 million.
free waffles at Pritzker Park, 310 S. State St., from 9:30am to 3:30pm today in celebration of the second season premiere of " Fargo."
Remember the Indiana pizzeria that declared it wouldn't cater gay weddings? Robin Trevino of GayCo Productions managed to get them to unwittingly provide pizza their vow renewal ceremony.
Because everyone else has.
Chicagoist, RedEye, Eater, Vice, even NPR got into it the alcoholic slushie action..
Competitive eaters converged on
Taco in a Bag Tuesday night to eat a whole roasted goat in hopes of vanquishing the Cubs' curse.
Chicago Foodseum opens the doors on its first exhibit, " The Hot Dog and Encased Meat of the World," this Saturday at Block 37. Executive Director Kyle Joseph talked with WBEZ about the show and the museum.
If you're craving a cheap snack you can
pick up bags of Garrett Popcorn for 66 cents this week, but be prepared to wait in (an even longer) line.
Working for Beer takes an in-depth look at what it's really like to work in the beer industry, including profiles of Emporium's beer buyer, the owner of Eris Brewery & Ciderhouse, and a sales rep from Destihl Brewing Company.
City Council committee approved
an ordinance allowing food cart vendors to be licensed, taking another step toward providing a level of legitimacy to a long pseudo-illegal industry that's been asking for regulation for years. The ordinance next will go the full Council for approval.
All of Chicago's breweries with brewpubs
are now collected in one map.
Festiv-Ale, the Sept. 18 beer festival to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, are on sale now.
family behind Franzia contended with the Chicago mob as it grew, split, and eventually included more than half of wine business in the U.S.
testing a food delivery service to compete with Grubhub in Seattle, while Google is launching its own grocery delivery service in San Francisco.
Tickets for the Festival of Barrel Aged Beers went on sale today. The fest happens Nov. 20-21 at the UIC Forum.
campaign to add a hot dog emoji started in Chicago with one couple's dream of a ketchup-free frank on every phone.
John Hall, who left Goose Island after its 2011 sale to Anheuser-Busch InBev to start
Virtue Cider, has sold the majority of Virtue back to Goose Island, citing a need for larger distribution facilities; Virtue will continue to be made in Michigan. Hall's father started Goose Island in 1988.
WBEZ's Monica Eng dug deep to find some
lesser-known dishes created in Chicago, including: the jibarito, the Jim Shoe, and Akutagawa. One common ingredient for many of them: huge amounts of meat.
Restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff
opened up about his culinary career and starting Au Cheval and other popular restaurants on The Download.
Mad food scientist Dennis Lee put together a recipe for
risotto made out of Rice Krispies that's "astoundingly delicious."
River North neighbors are
organizing online against the opening of a Bottled Blonde in the area, calling it an "amped-up version of Hooters."
In the latest reflection on kitchen culture, Elizabeth chef Iliana Regan thinks
intensity can be useful as a teaching tool but yelling at cooks is stupid.
Chef Didier Durand is raising money to
erect a bust of Charlie Trotter on Michigan Avenue.
Cheese guru Lisa Futterman
shared some of her favorites with Chicagoist.
Parachute landed at No. 5 on Bon Appétit's 10 Best New Restaurants list. Chef-owners Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark are overjoyed.
Maurice Lenell Cookies pinwheel cookies
will disappear from store shelves after the brand was eliminated by its Ohio-based parent company.
Like Minds brewing is relocating to Chicago from Wisconsin after laws there prevented them from both making beer and selling it at a non-brewpub restaurant.
Local eats will
soon be on the menu at the United Center, including food from "hot spots" like Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, and Lillie's Q.
Google uses location search data to
chart the busiest times at popular Chicago restaurants, although the conclusions aren't surprising: the best times to go are close to opening and closing times.
The next time you get some Thai food, David Hammond offers some
ways to be less like a culinary tourist.
Found in everything from Chinese to Polish food, Maggi is
the flavor-boosting sauce you've probably never heard of, writes Kevin Pang.
Sushi burritos have
come to Chicago from the coasts, and are now on the menu at Sumo Restaurant.
takes a look at food and drink in Chicago from all sides of the table, including the voices of chefs, farmers, and diners. The Midwestern Diner
Dove's Luncheonette and Parachute represent Chicago in Bon Appétit's Top 50 restaurants list.
Yoshi Katsumura, chef and owner of
Yoshi's Cafe in Boystown, passed away after a long battle with cancer.
can't find enough cooks for their kitchens and it's unclear why, although the number of restaurants, other career options, and cost of living are probably factors.
"Best of" lists are click magnets but reviewers
rarely have enough resources to try every option, leading to oversights noted by angry commenters, writes Michael Gebert.
Even though the
Bucktown Apple Pie Contest will not be held this year due to planned (then nixed, courtesy of Gov. Rauner) repairs to Holstein Park's field house, the organizers will hold a Pie Party on Sept. 20 at Senior Citizens Memorial Park (adjacent to Holstein).
hosting a food truck free-for-all where you can vote for your favorite mobile eatery (or write in any that aren't listed).
Lou Malnati's is expanding beyond the Chicagoland area with a new restaurant in Phoenix.
Chicago ranked as the #1 city for pizza
according to TripAdvisor (New York was #2), based on the number and quality of reviews posted here. [ via]
If you're tired of chewing your hot dogs, journalist and chef Louisa Chu
created a Chicago-style hot dog foam, which should be finished with celery salt, of course. (Probably not something that'll show up at the Gapers Block Hot Dog Cookoff Saturday, but you never know.)
Uber is now
delivering a small selection of dinner dishes through its on-demand app in areas of downtown and Lincoln Park.
Bon Appétit Restaurant Week in Albany Park. Dine in for special menus through Sunday, July 26.
The New York Times takes a stroll through the
fine dining options taking over the West Loop, noting the area's transition is similar to changes in New York's meatpacking district.
ManBQue's John Carruthers spent a day at the Cell selling hot dogs. See what he and his crew can do with Vienna Beef at the Gapers Block Hot Dog Cookoff at Schubas Aug. 1!
Eater put together
a map of the inaugural Happy Hour specials in bars across the city, where the highest concentration (so far) appears to be in the Loop and River North.
Meet some of the up-and-coming talent from Chicago's hospitality industry in
Zagat's 30-under-30, including chefs, bartenders, owners, and more.
hunt down some free Olive Garden breadsticks by finding their food truck as it drives around the city (and parks in Daley Plaza during lunch on Thursday).
Although legislation has been signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner to
allow happy hour specials back in Illinois, there are still some caveats.
Some parents think the talking minion toys included in a McDonald's Happy Meal
are actually swearing.
If you're looking to spend your tickets wisely at the Taste of Chicago, the Tribune has a
guide to the best and worst of the booths.
David Burke's Primehouse and an unnamed Chicago music venue
are among those who shared "don't eat that" moments with Jezebel's Kitchenette.
The Bean Soup Times is challenging Chicago foodies to
patronize as many black-owned restaurants as possible this summer.
Three gourmet sausages created by
Hot Doug's Doug Sohn will be served at Wrigley Field starting today. Look for them at the new Platform 14 stand behind the scoreboard.
Grace is Chicago's most expensive restaurant based on its new minimum price of $235.
One woman is vying to become the
new queen of condiments.
5 Rabbits is turning off the tap on a house beer it was making for Trump Tower after Donald Trump characterized Mexican immigrants as criminals and "rapists."
The Double Cheese Burger from
Au Cheval is the best in the country, according to the Food Network's "Top 5 Restaurants" show.
An interactive map shows the
best and most popular ethnic food in each neighborhood.
In honor of the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage,
Geek Bar is serving a special drink this weekend called " Scalia's Tears," a concoction of Jeppson's Malort, Triple Sec, apple bitters, and salt--a perfect cocktail for enduring the dissenting Supreme Court Justice's insults.
The Distance, Basecamp's profile series of long-time businesses, has fully transformed into a podcast, and the latest episode profiles two Fulton Market wholesalers and how they're handling the changes affecting that neighborhood and industry.
Beachwood Inn is the latest neighborhood bar to
close its doors in Wicker Park, over 60 years after the family-run tavern opened on the corner of Beach and Wood streets.
Jeni's Ice Cream
reopens tomorrow at 5pm, following a series of voluntary shutdowns over the past two months after listeria was found in their product.
The largest source for artisan American cheese in the country, the
Great American Cheese Collection, can be found at The Plant in Back of the Yards.
Charlie Trotter passed away in 2013, and his restaurants closed a year before that. But you
can still get the famed chef's smoked salmon, courtesy of a company that licensed his name and recipes.
Following a nearly month-long closure in May due to a listeria contamination,
Jeni's Ice Cream has closed its doors again due to a second outbreak of the bacteria. Recent customers, don't panic: Jeni's assures you that their product since returning from the last outbreak was thoroughly tested and listeria-free.
Potato salad sold at Chicago Jewel stores was
recalled due to listeria fears.
Jerry Seinfeld made
the first Chicago appearance with Steve Harvey (meh) of his web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," grabbing coffee and pastrami sandwiches (and unheard-of table service) at Manny's Deli.
Doug Sohn shared the
list of hot dogs that will return to the menu for the new Dog Dayz of Summer festival, which will be held June 27th-28th at the Goose Island Barrel Warehouse.
Booze-infused ice cream will be served up around the city by a gold-plated "Ice Cream Dream" food truck.
A search for America's best food cities by the Washington Post
cuts a big slice off of Chicago's food past and present.
The Butcher & Larder will
join Local Foods in Bucktown where the butcher shop will open a cafe and wholesale business.
The best sandwich ever made on the South Side may be
the Gym Shoe from Stony Sub, writes Mark Konkol.
It's National Doughnut Day so get yourself some fried and frosted goodness.
Half Acre tops a
ranking of top local breweries done by industry experts for Thrillist.
two-way mirror in the women's restroom of Cigars and Stripes will be removed from the closet door where it hangs, after the club's owner conceded to pressure sparked by a viral video about it.
A bill that would bring back happy hours in Illinois is
waiting for the governor's signature.
Writer Dennis Lee is making the most of his unemployment by
inventing a poutine microwave cake.
Pounds of sausage and other goodies leftover from Maifest are
on sale for cheap at DANK Haus.
Crain's looks at restaurants'
adoption of fancier breakfast fare over the past decade.
This year's Taste of Chicago
will feature 60 vendors including well-known Chicago eateries, pop-up restaurants, food trucks and more.
Food writer Dennis Lee created a
"Fart Dip" full of flatulence-inducing ingredients - and braced for the results.
Demonstrators calling for a higher minimum wage for restaurant workers
used fake badges to get into the National Restaurant Association Show and stage a protest there.
Maurie Berman passed away Sunday. Much remains the same since he founded the original location in the 1940s, including the giant papier-mache hot dog people modeled after Berman and his wife that stand atop its roof.
Jeni's Ice Cream, which
shut down production and closed its scoop shops last month over a listeria outbreak, is now back in production. Scoop shops will have a "grand reopening" next Friday, May 22 at 7pm for your ice cream needs.
This weekend, Slow Food Chicago is
selling heirloom tomato seedlings at Bang Bang Pie Shop. Pick up five and get a free biscuit!
The planned Taco Bell in Wicker Park could
be the first in the world to serve booze.
could owe up to $1 million to customers in New Jersey after judges ruled expiration dates and other fine print on its gift certificates violated laws there.
reintroduced the Hamburglar with an updated look. It's not going over well.
Early warning: Starting May 14th you are entering Chibeeria-a magical place for one week where Chicago focuses its love on craft beers. The map and a schedule at
Chicago Craft Beer Week will keep beer lovers busy hoofing all over town to the tasty events.
James Beard awards went to local foodies, including restaurateur Donnie Madia, Violet Hour, Lettuce Entertain You's Rich Melman, and the firm behind Brindille's design. More in Drive-Thru.
A man who robbed a Subway in Rogers Park
walked across the street to a Potbelly shop and ordered a sandwich.
The City wants to
break its sweetheart deal with the Park Grill in Millennium Park and make the restaurant pay more than $8 million in lost rent and fees.
Bearded cooks are technically supposed to
confine their facial hair with a beard net or something similar, but most don't because the rule isn't strictly enforced.
James Beard Awards ceremony at the Lyric Opera will be the first time that the restaurant industry's version of the Oscars will convene outside of New York; this handy infographic of every local Beard award winner since 1991 gives you a picture of the interconnectedness between restaurants, chefs and restaurateurs that contribute to the city's dining scene.
To build the "world's first" fully sustainable restaurant that grows its own food, chef and marketer Jaime Guerrero is
enlisting the help of students at a local high school.
Ten years ago, Alinea opened and turned fine dining on its ear. Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas talked with the Trib's Kevin Pang about the past decade and what's coming with Roister and Alinea, and Achatz chatted with Elyzabeth Alfano about his career.
Food critic Penny Pollack says her
career as a journalist started on accident while she was in her 40s, working as an intern at Chicago magazine.
Fish tacos at Big Star, tonkotsu at Ramen-san, and the burger at Au Cheval are among the
most-Instagrammed dishes in the city, according to First We Feast.
Federal agents ate at several of Tony Hu's restaurants before raiding them in October, searching for
evidence they were underreporting earnings to the IRS.
Uber users can now
order curbside delivery of lunch and dinner from a "curated menu" using the app.
Two former Hot Doug's cooks
opened their own hot dog joint in Uptown, putting their own spin on Doug's classics like sausages made from strange meats and duck-fat fries.
Eater profiles chef Phillip Foss, whose EL Ideas
brings accessible, avant-garde fine dining to an industrial area in Douglas Park on the Near South Side.
Adding as many toppings as possible with McDonald's build-your-own burger kiosk
creates a four-pound mess costing almost $25.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is voluntarily
recalling all its products and temporarily closing its shops -- including the ones in Chicago -- due to a possible listeria contamination, following the Blue Bell Creameries outbreak.
Thrillist figured out the part of town with perhaps the
best pizza delivery options of all.
Tickets for the inaugural
Food and Wine Festival are now available; The event will feature tastings and demonstrations by some of the city's best-known chefs.
Slagel Family Farm provides meat to many of the city's top restaurants. Chicago magazine tells the tale of the farm's rise to prominence.
Want to know what the most disproportionately popular food is in your neighborhood-meaning the type of restaurant people rave most about on Yelp? Then look no further than the
interactive map over at DNAinfo- and for your sake, I hope its not salad.
Homaro Cantu's Moto
will reopen to the public this weekend thanks to some help from guest chefs and returning alumni.
Budweiser Super Bowl commercial that dismissed craft beer as "pumpkin peach ale"? Larry Bell of Bell's Brewery took offense -- and decided to retaliate by brewing a batch of pumpkin-peach ale, made with a pumpkin grown at Bell's Lakeview house. Just 48 bottles are for sale at the brewery this weekend, with proceeds going to charity.
James Beard Foundation Awards haven't even happened here yet (it's May 4 at the Lyric Opera), but formerly New York-based culinary awards will be back in 2016 and 2017.
The Illinois House voted overwhelmingly to
make pumpkin the official state pie.
Newcity's Food and Drink Fifty serves up the butchers, restaurateurs, critics, and other
leaders of Chicago's dining scene.
The City's new
Lake FX Summet & Expo starts today, as does CIMMFest. The Chicago Latino Film Festival is ongoing, and Bacon Fest starts tomorrow. Oh, and there's also the Chicago Palestine Film Festival and HUMP! Film Festival this weekend. Whew!
The mother-in-law, the Italian beef and Rick Bayless' tortas made it into the NYTimes'
Field Guide to the Sandwich. But what, no jibarito or pepper and egg?
Homaro Cantu, chef of Moto, the shuttered iNG and Berrista, was found dead yesterday of an apparent suicide outside a building in which he planned to open a brewery. He was 38.
If you're making dinner plans,
Chicago Magazine's list of the best new restaurants is a good place to start, but book those reservations fast to beat the buzz.
Legal battles alleging embezzlement, forgery, and even inappropriate photos are raging
behind the scenes at the Purple Pig.
...In terms of the
cost of a beer in the park, that is, at $7.75 for a pint. The Sox are toward the middle of the pack at $6.50. [ via]
Anthony Bourdain will stop in Chicago to perform his
live one-man show, "Close to the Bone."
Well over a decade after the debut of Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout, brewers are entering the
third wave of barrel aging beers, posits Aaron Goldfarb in Punch.
Jason Narducy and his band
Split Single drove to Walkerton, IN to , the shop that announced it not eat at Memories Pizza wouldn't cater gay weddings after the state's RFRA law passed. Instead they bought $100 of pizza from the other pizza place in town, and fed it to the gathered journalists. Meanwhile, people have threatened Memories and defaced its Yelp page, leading to the owners closing the pizzeria for the time being.
Ever wonder what it's like running a hot dog stand? John Carruthers
fills you in at Serious Eats.
While McDonald's is
testing all-day breakfast, talk of a zero calorie doughnut is just an April Fool's joke.
ranked as the best restaurant in the world by Elite Traveler for the fourth year in a row.
Honey Butter Fried Chicken isn't normally open on Tuesdays, but today until April 21, they'll be open as
HBFC Takeout: Fried Chicken Fried Rice. [ via]
Binny's rejected a beer from Sweetwater Brewing due to its "sexist, borderline racist" label. The beer, called Happy Ending, is part of a broader trend of eyebrow-raising beer names and label art, leading Good Beer Hunting's Michael Kiser to reflect on the trend.
On Tastemade's "
Day of Gluttony," Harry and Bruce visit 24 restaurants in 24 hours. The second episode tackled Chicago.
Lincoln Square's Elizabeth, Logan Square's Analogue, and a pizza place in Racine, Wisc. (yowza!) are among the recipients of this year's
Good Neighborhood Restaurant award given by the good, food-loving folks at LTH Forum.
Kraft and Heinz will
merge, forming the fifth largest food company in the world. Kraft's headquarters will remain in Chicago.
There's no doubt that indie-brewers are growing in number and size. Fans of
Half Acre have been eagerly awaiting news of when they'll get to drink beer at their new location. The fine folks at Good Beer Hunting have put a quantitative set of visuals together. They make planning look pretty.
Dennis Lee's been telling people to eat a bag of dicks on his blog for years. Now
he's taken his own medicine. (SFW...ish.)
Goose Island is
reopening its Wrigleyille brewpub for the Cubs' 2015 season -- but probably no longer.
Chicago-based online boutique
Perry Clark Home just launched a line called Farm to Table, featuring everything from heirloom fruit and vegetable seedlings to a $1200 handmade dining table.
Today is the day to celebrate the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, so take it one step further and eat some circular items, like a
(Pi)zza or (Pi)e today. WBEZ and the Adler Planetarium join up for a special party tonight.
The funmeisters at Jeppson's Malört have a
special St. Patty's Day label for you to download, print and affix to your bottle of their special liqueur.
The Reader's annual
bar issue is out, featuring profiles of the people Danny's, Maria's, Rosa's and others are named after.
Lee Varon, co-owner of pizza place
The Squared Circle with his wife, Lisa Marie Varon (aka WWE Diva Victoria), easily subdued a man who came into the restaurant's kitchen with a gun Saturday night. TMZ uncovered video of the incident.
On March 28,
Bacon Fest is volunteering its time to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help repackage food donated by corporations. Lend a hand and you could earn yourself free tickets to Bacon Fest.
struggling to reinvent itself in a marketplace where consumers are concerned more about quality and customization.
continues his tour of other people's eateries with the spicy sausage-topped Atomic Pizza at Piece.
Ricobene's breaded steak sandwich with mozzarella and hot giardiniera
is the best sandwich in the world, according to USA Today's Ted Berg.
Sack Lunch Sunday gives
thousands of free lunches to the homeless, complete with an inspiring handwritten note.
Cocktail Courier, a newly launched service that ships you all the ingredients necessary to make fancy cocktails from local bartenders, makes decent drinks at a discount.
From the Frank Sinatra Booth at Gene & Georgetti to a seat near the Billy Goat's "Wall of Fame," Zagat sought out
Chicago's ten most famous tables.
Hot Doug's is returning... for one day only... at Paulina Meat Market May 16. And yes, Doug will be there. Nearer term, you can get a special Doug-designed pizza at Piece during March.
Chefs Gale Gand, Beverly Kim, Iliana Regan and Mindy Segal talk about the intersection of
feminism and food Wednesday night at Revolution Brewing. Tickets are $20.
John Greenfield spent a week visiting
every tiki bar in Chicagoland.
The owner of
Piece, Love and Chocolate, a Colorado-based chocolate store, penned an open letter to Vosges founder Katrina Markoff after receiving a whopper of a cease-and-desist letter from her lawyers, threatening legal action if the store doesn't change their store name and marketing materials in one week. Vosges claims that they have trademarked the tagline "Peace, Love, and Chocolate" and that the Colorado store's name is "confusingly similar" and "unfairly competitive."
Ina Pinkney, who closed her West Loop brunch spot in 2013, will be making a special appearance tomorrow starting at 9am at Feast; she'll be cooking and signing copies of her cookbook.
Eat your way through these arctic temperatures by cooking up some
foods invented or perfected in Chicago.
DNAinfo has a handy map of
bakeries selling packzis to satisfy your Fat Tuesday pastry cravings.
Tony Hu is
selling most of his restaurants except for the expanding empire of Lau Sze Chuan locations. He sold Lao Beijing already.
Crain's has an interesting "
open letter to McDonald's" from Mayor McCheese, aka comedian Joe Janes.
Passengers stuck at Midway and O'Hare can sample
Restaurant Week specials offered by eateries from Auntie Anne's to Wolfgang Puck. [ via]
This is a great week for cider fans. The
Cider Summit is Saturday, and a whole bunch of events are happening at area bars during industry-only CiderCON's Cider Week. [ via]
accepting random acts of kindness as payment from randomly selected customers now through Valentine's Day.
Half Acre, Pipeworks, and Revolution Brewing made Ratebeer's list of the
Top 100 Brewers in the World. [ via]
Professional eater Pat "
Deep Dish" Bertoletti, whose Taco in a Bag restaurant will soon open in Lincoln Square, won the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, devouring 444 hot wings in three rounds.
Being the oldest doesn't necessarily mean being the best, but in the case of Eater's list of
25 classic restaurants, there's obviously something good contributing to their longevity.
This Thursday, there's going to be a
pub crawl on the pedway to raise money for Streetsblog Chicago, so the site can return to daily transportation news coverage.
EatGiardiniera.com offers a guide to giardinieras available online and introduces the world to the classic condiment. [ via]
Mike Sheerin fills the Lucky Peach food atlas with local places to get
pozole, Chinese food, Polish sausage and greasy spoon diner fare.
Two competitive eaters are
opening a Taco in a Bag restaurant in Lincoln Square after perfecting their fare at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee.
National Pie Day, so visit your local pie-oneers today; Bang Bang is even offering a free extra slice with purchase (celebrate with a friend).
Butcher & Larder will join forces with the massive Local Foods indoor farmer's market currently under construction in Bucktown.
Chicago magazine's Tom Chiarella looks to
Jeff Magill, bartender at the Billy Goat Tavern for 34 years, for the answer.
Add curling to the list of things you can do in the outdoor area of local bars.
Kaiser Tiger just opened two lanes.
annual bar guide is online, with recommendations grouped according to interest -- such as where to go on the third date or where to bring the kids.
Zagat profiles the old-school butchers and new-school steakhouses bringing the best cuts to Chicago.
Using Yelp data, Huffington Post calculated the
most disproportionately popular ethnic cuisine in each state. I didn't realize frontier chicken and shami kabobs were that popular.
withdrawn its trademark infringement lawsuit against Sierra Nevada ( previously). Good Beer Hunting explains why the case matters.
Thrillist compiled a list of
the best dive bars in every neighborhood, and only included 31 neighborhoods -- or 29 if you don't consider River North and Streeterville distinct, or separate the South Loop from the Loop. Needless to say, daydrinkers commenters from Rogers Park are pissed.
There are plenty of smoked meats, game rooms, and tiki bars among
Eater's most anticipated openings of 2015.
In Lucky Peach, Kevin Pang writes about
the food at Westville Correctional Facility, a supermax prison an hour outside Chicago.
suing Sierra Nevada for printing "IPA" in big, bold letters on its packaging, part of a growing trend of craft brewer copyright lawsuits.
Learn the difference between deep dish, pan, stuffed, and many other pizza styles found in Chicago with a
tasty guide put together by DNAinfo.
Alinea, Fat Rice and Topolobampo are among Eater's selections of the
38 essential restaurants in America.
Owners of the
Mercury Theater are planning a renovation to add more performance space, which may mean that Cullen's, the Irish pub next door named after the founder of the Mercury, would close.
The Tribune's annual
Dining Awards are out, with Parachute named best new restaurant and Lee Wolen of Boka chef of the year.
unexpected things found by googling local restaurants, like how much fat rice contains and prohibitionist preacher Billy Sunday.
Thrillist puts Chicago at number three in its list of
the best US cities for dining, behind New York and New Orleans.
Galway Bay Pub, steps from Lincoln Park, inexplicably made Impulcity's list of the " diviest dive bars in America." For context, take a look at their guide to Chicago.
Due to a crackdown by the City last year,
fewer New Year's Eve parties are offering open-bar specials that may violate state's anti-Happy Hour law.
L20's new concept will
feature a rotating roster of up-and-coming chefs, an incubator for new culinary talent that will be the first of its kind in Chicago.
À La Card Chicago is perfect for folks on your holiday shopping list who love to eat. It's a deck of 52 $10 gift certificates to local independent restaurants all over the city -- all for just $30.
100 best dishes and drinks of 2014 list includes everything from a honey badger to a milk maid to an autumn garden.
While the Loop isn't known for its nightlife, restaurateurs
may turn downtown into a destination for locals and tourists alike.
Koval Distillery has the perfect gift for whiskey lovers: a gift pack of small bottles of their bourbon, rye and four grain whiskey. It's available at Binny's and plenty of other local liquor stores.
Hyde Park native (and former Avec and 312 Chicago chef)
Sam Kass, who served as the Obama's personal chef and policy adviser on nutrition, is leaving his White House post at the end of the year.
It's the time of year when people think about donating goods to food pantries, and Jan Deckenbach of
Hyde Park & Kenwood Hunger Programs has some thoughts about what food pantries really need. Tip: it's not leftover cooking experiment ingredients.
invented the now-ubiquitous pizza delivery bags decades ago, finding a way to keep pies warm that was more practical than other methods, like makeshift backseat ovens.
VIP tickets for the 2015 Baconfest go on sale at noon Wednesday. There will once again be three sessions, on April 17 and 18.
Taco chain Del Taco is planning to
return to the Chicago area in 2016.
This Friday is your chance to pick up bottles of
Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout, and Big Hugs, Half Acre's beloved coffee imperial stout, comes out Dec. 14. Expect lines for both.
"It didn't take long for the apartment to smell like the inside of a Taco Bell sauna. I couldn't tell if that was a good thing." What happens when you
sous-vide Taco Bell for 48 hours.
more interested in hawaiian salad for Thanksgiving than residents of other states, according to a study of Google searches by the New York Times.
Punch magazine offers a
guide to bars in Chicago. Probably won't be many surprises for locals, but it'd be handy this holiday season for recommendations for visiting friends and family.
If you're flying somewhere this week, check out
Midway's and O'Hare's best dining options.
Raf Miastkowski picks the Chicago bars that would
play home to "Game of Thrones" houses.
Rick Bayless' pumpkin soup with ancho chiles and apple represents
Illinois in the NYTimes' Thanksgiving recipes for each state.
Farmer's Fridge's salad vending machines bring healthy options to
office workers and people in low-income areas.
Reader's food issue digs into how old food-making methods are revolutionizing modern cuisine.
Photographer Allen Hamberger finished
cooking every recipe from the Alinea cookbook earlier this year ( previously). Foodie produced a short documentary about his experiences, which included a visit to Alinea to get tips from Grant Achatz on a recipe.
A red-hued Chicago Fizz is an
ideal cocktail for celebrating Republicans and self-medicating Democrats, according to David Leonhardt.
Serious Eats' Nick Kindelsperger ranked
more than two dozen hot giardinieras to figure out which is the best to top your Italian beef.
Fox's "Masterchef Junior" is holding
open calls for its recently announced third season. Contestants aged 8-13 can cook something up at Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 am to 5 pm. ( Chicago's 10-year-old Nasir was one of the first to go home in Season 2, but 13-year-old Levi from Highland Park is still in it.)
Stephanie Hart of
Brown Sugar Bakery is competing on Food Network's new show, " Holiday Baking Championship." Michael Gebert interviewed her in the Reader.
Big Hurt Brewhouse is now open in Berwyn, although the mediocre Big Hurt Beer isn't brewed there.
Groupon has launched
a line of private-label wines featuring the company's cat mascot. [ via]
Zero Percent is a new app that helps restaurants and other businesses donate surplus food to food banks more easily.
Chicagoist traces the
evolution of pumpkin spice from a blend of flavors used to season pies to a seasonal coffee phenomenon.
After becoming a viral hit last Halloween with its
Alinea parody, Real Kitchen felt the need to follow up this year. The result is Veritable & The Scullery.
Lula Cafe will once again don a Halloween costume this Friday, but it'll be the last time -- at least for a while. This year's theme will be quinceañera in honor of the restaurant's 15th anniversary.
calling the Taste of Chicago a success despite losing $169,000 on the event, since one day of the event was cancelled due to rain.
While Jameson shots never go out of style,
neighborhood bars are less central to community life than they used to be.
The latest issue of Chicago magazine tackles
cheap eats, including seven variations on the classic Chicago-style hot dog.
Tickets for the
Chicago Food Film Festival are now on sale. The festival will run Nov. 20-22 at Kendall College.
Minibar is now delivering beer, wine, and spirits in Chicago.
Aviary and Three Dots and a Dash were named as two of the
50 Best Bars in the World, selected for their high scores in a global survey of cocktail professionals.
Gwynedd Stuart reserved a table at the first Olive Garden to open within city limits and
tried to figure out why it was so packed (it wasn't the food).
sandwiches at Olga's Deli aren't $5 anymore (they're $7), but they're still stacked high and made lovingly by Olga herself.
Find out how they made that craft beer you're drinking on the
Gapers Block Microbrewery Crawl this Saturday, Oct. 11. We're visiting Lagunitas, Goose Island's Fulton Street brewery (which isn't officially doing tours yet), newcomer BreakRoom Brewery and finishing up at Begyle, where ManBQue is cooking us dinner. Get your tickets now!
Three Chicago beers
won awards at the Great American Beer Fest, including a gold medal for Haymarket's Defender, an American-Style Stout.
The corner formerly occupied by Hot Doug's
will be taken over by Frank Meats Patty, a burger-focused joint from the people behind Lockdown and Fatso's Last Stand.
Nick Kindelsperger has launched a new
taco blog, full of interesting ideas for taco fillings and some beautiful foodporn.
Schlafly Beer (pronounced "schlaugh-lee")
will soon be available here, after years of describing its distribution as a "300 mile radius around St. Louis, minus Chicago."
Sportsman's Club's Jacyara de Oliveira and Drumbar's Alex Renshaw are among Food & Wine's Best New Mixologists
If you happen to pass the
Hot Doug's line today, you might see two guys smoking brisket while they wait. That'd be Jared Leonard and Gary Wiviott, founders of the Windy City BBQ Classic, paying their respects and also getting a little free publicity. Hope they share.
plans to go global for the first time, opening restaurants in Mexico City this year.
$100 Weekend in Chicago column for the NYTimes is pretty solid, and actually makes it beyond the typical neighborhoods.
The Chicago Department of Public Health is turning to big data to determine
which restaurants are most at risk of health code violations.
The line for today's memorial lunch service began at
10:15pm . And Doug Sohn did an exit interview with the Tribune's Kevin Pang. last night
Riverview Tavern is
hosting a Sriracha prix fixe dinner where every course features the popular hot sauce paired with a beer from Revolution Brewing.
If CTA coffee maps (
previously) aren't enough for you, DNAinfo made a map of nearly every place to get coffee in the city, including both chains and independents. Oddly, diners and White Castle (another fast food joint known for its coffee) were left off.
A Chicago law firm has
filed a class action lawsuit against Templeton Rye, claiming the liquor company was duping customers into thinking their whiskey was made in Iowa instead of in an Indiana factory distillery.
Michael Gebert goes
frog hunting in northwest Indiana with chef Iliana Regan for her restaurant Elizabeth, and then watches Regan put together the dish.
What is it with Goose Island and balky landlords?
The Wrigleyville brewpub is closing Monday due to lease disputes.
Thrillist released a
coffeeshop El map today, listing the closest java to the CTA. It's a little different from the CTA coffee map created by the blog Corner of the Cafe earlier this year, and leaves out the Yellow Line entirely.
Pavilion at the Langham Hotel knows the value of a ludicrous menu item, so they've introduced a $1,000 bowl of ice cream topped with gold leaf, cognac and a chocolate crown.
DryHop Brewers will offer a filled-while-you-wait 32oz. can of beer to go starting Thursday. They're calling it a "crowler," and it's designed to stay fresh longer than traditional glass. San Diego's Mission Brewing was the first in the country to offer the quart can.
Eater asked Chicago chefs, restaurateurs, educators and, er, Billy Corgan
how they would change the world through food.
Brothers Nick and Christopher Markos are
making a documentary about the final weeks of Hot Doug's. Say hi if you're in line over the next (gulp) two weeks.
Chef Graham Elliot will be hosting a
cooking demonstration showcasing healthy meals for runners in honor of the upcoming Chicago Marathon. Take home recipes and sample food at Mariano's in the West Loop on Sept 24.
We just announced the latest
Gapers Block Microbrewery Crawl, visiting Lagunitas, Goose Island, BreakRoom and Begyle on Oct. 11. Tickets are on sale now!
With thriving neighborhood bars, local distilleries, and a cutting-edge cocktail scene,
GQ calls Chicago the Greatest Drinking City in America.
GQ called us America's
greatest place to drink, while Food & Wine put six Chicago bars in the Midwest bracket of its new People's Best New Bars poll.
The massive and controversial
Twelve Bars of Christmas bar crawl will be Dec. 13 this year, and tickets are on sale now. Meanwhile, the former social media manager for TBOX is launching Chicago Christmas Crawl for the same day, over in Wicker Park.
Your sober friend may not be drinking, but that doesn't mean he or she isn't having fun. Jeff Ruby provides
tips on not making it awkward.
McDonald's has applied for a trademark on the word "
McBrunch," presumably with the intention of using it. No word on whether Burger King's applied for "BK Elevensies" yet. [ via]
Ramenfest is coming to Urban Belly on Nov. 8. Tickets are on sale now. [ via]
years of legal limbo, the largely immigrant food cart vendors still aren't technically legal. In These Times takes a look at their current plight and what's being done to change it.
Dan Peacock wrote a
recent Yelp review about the offensive and sexist service him and his girlfriend received at Andersonville's Hamburger Mary's. The review has been placed in the "Not Recommended" reviews section, with other reviews saying Hamburger Mary's has less than stellar service and food.
The McDonald's corporate social media team
got schooled after telling @HowThingsWork not to "spread bad information" -- by sharing an animated gif from the company's own video.
Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery
got his first taste of a Chicago-style hot dog at the Wiener Circle.
an announcement on their Facebook page, Club Foot will be closing in November of this year, due to a "massive rent increase."
Fast food workers in Chicago and across the country
are going on strike again today, calling for a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union.
Peet's Coffee is
opening 16 new locations in Chicago this fall. Meanwhile, Filter is closing for 10 days starting Friday so that Latino store brand Café Bustelo can do a pop-up shop.
Illinois no doubt has Chicago to thank for green bell peppers and Italian sausage being among the
most distinctive ingredients by state, according to data from Food Genius.
The New York Times
profiles Hyde Park native and U of C grad Sam Kass, personal chef to the Obamas.
Anthony's Own, founded by a retired Chicago fireman, employs physically and developmentally disabled adults to produce and package its line of liqueurs. You can find them at Binny's.
Is a hot dog a sandwich? This
deep dive into sandwich ontology is food for thought as you plan those Labor Day barbecues.
While urban farms cultivate fresh produce and jobs, they
still rely heavily on outside funding and most are not independently sustainable.
Illinois gets brownies (
introduced at the 1893 World's Fair) in Slate's map of desserts for every state.
Peggy Gelsomino has been making pizzas at
Gino's North since 1992, and has been in the restaurant industry for decades. Her 85th birthday party will be at the Edgewater restaurant this Sunday.
Lockdown's The Lockdown Warden burger is at the top of Zagat Chicago's list, edging out competition from Au Cheval and Leadbelly Burgers.
WBEZ explores how
Chicago's changing grocery store mix is affecting how we live and shop.
Schiller Park's Continental Baking Company, the first manufacturer of the
Twinkie, will be closing and laying off 400 employees this October; the company claims that Twinkie sales have fallen dramatically due to competing Twinkie impostors that flooded the market following the brief closure and sale of the Hostess Brand in 2013 following a labor dispute. The snack cake will continue to be produced, but without local cred.
small candy chain in the Twin Cities filed a lawsuit against Garrett and two other companies, claiming trademark on "Chicago Mix" popcorn, which they registered in 1991.
Michael Muser, GM of
Grace, tells Food & Wine how they provide service so good it freaks people out.
The City is turning
old newsstands into healthy food kiosks run by e.a.t. spots, a local nonprofit focusing on improving access to fresh, healthier food.
Your next shrimp cocktail could
come from here on the Fresh Coast.
While Hot Doug's is closing its doors for good in less than two months, eateries across the city are getting
more creative with their encased meat offerings.
Get ready for
Mac & Cheese Fest in Oct. 4.
This Sunday is
Charlie Trotter Day, and several restaurants are offering specials this weekend. It's all in support of The Trotter Project.
The majority of pizzerias in Chicago give away 1-liters of RC Cola with pizzas.
Lots of fruits and veggies are ready for harvest now. It's a great time to hit your
local farmers market, but you might also be up for a weekend trip to one of the pick-your-own farms in the area.
While there are over 40 Harold's Chicken Shacks across Chicago,
not all of them are supposed to be using that name.
Park visitors actually spent more on snacks after Chicago Park District
switched to vending machines only offering healthy options.
Pipeworks, Half Acre, Revolution, Haymarket, Goose Island and Three Floyds are among the "
100 American craft beers every beer lover should drink, according to Paste magazine.
Green City Market will be opening a second location at the corner of Halsted and Fulton Market every Saturday through October, starting this weekend (7am-1pm).
Hollymatic helped standardize hamburger portions, for better or worse. The Distance profiles the 77-year-old company.
It's here: the
Cheez-It kimchi beer cocktail you never asked for.
Charles Joly of the Aviary
won the 2014 Diageo World Class Champion Bartender in London this weekend. Add that to the World's Best Cocktail Menu award the Aviary won at the Sprited Awards earlier in July and Joly's having a very good year.
Reader's Michael Gebert bids farewell to Serious Eats: Chicago, which still exists but is shifting towards more SEO-friendly and non-local recipe and "best of" posts.
Lookingglass' production of
, which features the acting styles of celebchef Rick Bayless, begins tonight; the ticket price is hefty, but the production comes with a multi-course meal curated by Bayless himself. The production runs through Aug. 24th. Cascabel
The Tribune's Kevin Pang
takes a deep dive into the jus, peppers, and meat that make up the best Italian Beef in Chicago.
The Trib's Kevin Pang has compiled a
dining guide for out-of-towners looking for recommendations.
talks with Tony Durpetti, owner of Gene & Georgetti, the oldest steakhouse in Chicago. Meanwhile, the Distance profiles Hala Kahiki, Chicagoland's oldest tiki lounge.
Chicago is seeing a
boom in neverias, Mexican ice cream shops that serve much more than just ice cream.
Logan Square bar
Analogue finally has a sign. Wonder if people will get bent out of shape about it.
If you can't imagine waiting till next April for
BaconFest, you're in luck: The folks behind the American Beer Classic are organizing the Great American Bacon Festival for September.
L.A.-based Stan's Donuts is opening a second Chicago shop practically next door to the upcoming Do-Rite Donuts in Streeterville.
Eater.com has the full story.
Apparently you have to go to
Aspen to get Chicago restaurant news now. Eater learned that Stephanie Izard may have a new restaurant in the works, and that Grant Achatz definitely does, plus Alinea will be undergoing a thorough remodeling in time for its 10th anniversary next year.
An old freight tunnel underneath the Palmer House Hilton now
serves as a mushroom garden for the hotel's restaurant.
While Malört is no doubt still popular, at least some of Chicago's bartenders have moved on from the bitter stuff for "staff meals," according to
this article from Punch. (In other Punch news, read this nice writeup of Three Dots and a Dash.)
Food & Wine offers a peek inside Alinea co-founder
Nick Kokonas' kitchen.
Bubbly Creek Soda from Bridgeport Coffee tastes like coffee and is named after the still-stewing South Branch waterway that runs through the neighborhood. Sales of the drink benefit the Wetlands Initiative, which is working to clean up Bubbly Creek.
I tried to resist posting about yet another donut hybrid, but the
bonut, based on the tasty biscuits at Bang Bang Pie Shop, actually sounds pretty good.
It's been three years since Next opened with a ticket-based reservation system, and the concept is beginning to
catch on in the industry. Nick Kokonas explains how the system works and what difference it's made to the business.
Kuma's Corner just earned more bragging rights: The Daily Meal declared the Kuma Burger the best burger in the nation.
Back in 2007, Nate Silver -- soon to be of
FiveThirtyEight fame -- began the Burrito Bracket in an attempt to find the best burrito in his neighborhood. Today, Silver turned his attention back to his favorite Mexican-American food and took the bracket national.
You can invent the next cronut, wonut or cuffin with
Chicago Magazine's food combo generator.
Evidently this is
Negroni Week; order a negroni at one of more than three dozen bars and restaurants around town and a portion of the cost goes to charity.
Homemade Pizza abruptly
closed all its stores this weekend, and deleted its website and social media presence.
Production of Half Acre Beer's "Daisy Cutter" variety will be
halted for a week following a fire last weekend at the Indiana factory that makes the brew's aluminum cans. Stay strong, we'll get through this.
Logan Square wine bar Telegraph is
closing June 7 due to an "amicable parting" between executing chef Johnny Anderes and the rest of the management team. The popular spot will undergo reconcepting and reopen in July.
Celeste, The Aviary, Sable Kitchen & Bar, and Three Dots and a Dash are
finalists in the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.
LTHForum is 10 years old; cofounder Michael Gebert recalls the dinner that instigated its creation.
James Beard Awards come to Chicago, Anthony Todd makes a convincing argument that the city get its own Best Chef category.
will host the James Beard Awards ceremony next year, the first time the awards will have been held outside New York. The awards gala will be on May 4, 2015.
McDonald's is bringing to the US a
new Happy Meal character named "Happy," who will either delight your children or haunt their dreams. Happy was designed by the chain's European ad agency and debuted over there in 2009.
Warning: Insipid music.
peers into The Matrix, the computer brain pieced together by Chef Homaro Cantu to help run things at Moto.
QwikerLiquor ( previously) wasn't enough for your immediate booze delivery needs, Boston-based app Drizly is now available here.
Chicagoist aggregated data from a variety of ratings to produce a "statistically accurate" list of the
25 best restaurants in Chicago.
turkey legs are coming back to the Taste this year.
Waffleizer? Author and former GB contributor Daniel Shumski's book Will it Waffle?, based on the popular foodblog, is now available for preorder.
Hotdogs.com is, amazingly, a countdown clock for the closure of Hot Doug's.
Time Out Chicago announced its
2014 Food & Drink Awards, with Cicchetti taking Readers' Choice for Best New Restaurant.
Vox shares several maps of Twitter data about beer. Chicagoans really like Schlitz and Goose Island, not surprisingly. But we tweet more about church than beer.
Two years after the food truck legislation passed, food cart vendors are trying to
get a little regulatory relief of their own. Their fight is sadly not new.
Hot Doug's is going on "permanent vacation," per owner Doug Sohn, who also told DNAinfo that it's "time to do something else." "I'm not burnt out. I also don't want to be burnt out. It's just time," he told the Trib's Kevin Pang.
Jacquy Pfeiffer of the French Pastry School, an episode of This American Life, Curtis Duffy's Grace, Dave Beran of Next, Jimmy Bannos, Jr. of The Purple Pig, and Paul Kahan (Publican, Avec, etc.) were among the winners at last night's James Beard Awards ceremony in New York.
Stan's Donuts was
printing Mitch Hedbergs "Receipt for Donut" joke on their receipts for donuts.
Johnny's Grill in Logan Square has abruptly closed, just one more victim of the march of gentrification. Owner Nicholas Kalliantasis tells DNAinfo he was not given the option to renew his lease.
In addition to the rumors that she may
buy the Los Angeles Clippers in the wake of the Donald Sterling scandal, former Chicagoan Oprah Winfrey has collaborated with Starbucks to create a chai tea blend that is sure to make your life better.
all the Portillo's. The privately owned, Oak Brook-based Portillo's Restaurant Group is exploring the sale of its namesake restaurant chain.
Alinea is ninth on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list from S. Pelligrino, up from 15th last year.
VFX artist and photographer Allen Hemberger has spent the past five years cooking every recipe from
Alinea's cookbook. His resulting blog, The Alinea Project, is full of beautiful photographs that Allen hopes to turn into a book about his efforts. The project is up on Kickstarter. [ via]
Speaking of green restaurants, four star-certified green restaurant Big Delicious Planet, Michael Jordan's Chicago Steakhouse, Topolobampo/Frontera Grill and Uncommon Ground are on the Daily Meal's America's Greenest Restaurants list.
As part of the massive
Circle Interchange reconstruction project, IDOT is currently rebuilding the Morgan Street bridge. UIC's Urban Transportation Center has installed a webcam so you can watch it happen. [ via]
NPR's Planet Money maps out how long it would take workers in each neighborhood to
make enough money to buy a burger. Lincoln Park and Englewood are among the shortest waits, while Edgewater is one of the longest in Chicago. [ via]
Lagunitas is bringing its
Beer Circus to Chicago in May, which apparently means live music and lots of clown burlesque. Oh, and beer fresh from the brewery. Get your tickets here.
This year, NewCity's annual
Food & Drink Fifty list is made up exclusively of chefs, bartenders and other people making food and beverages in the city -- no restaurateurs.
The owners the Schnitzel King food truck and sandwich shop
announced they will be closing both, although their lawsuit against the City's food cart restrictions will continue.
Chicago magazine's annual
Best New Restaurants list is out.
Fish sellers are
rationing the hundreds of pounds of whitefish they sell each year during Passover because ice on top of the Great Lakes made it difficult for fishermen to catch a big enough supply.
With this warm weather (mid-50s! woo!) you might be tempted to get some ice cream.
Bobtail is celebrating its 10th anniversary by giving you an extra scoop of the week's special flavor; this week it's Signature Sunset.
WBEZ's Monica Eng is trying to figure out what ingredients make up the top five food items at CPS schools, but responses from officials so far include that
chicken nuggets contain: chicken nuggets.
This Story Will Never End: Jeppson's Malört Documentary, by Fire Engine Red Films, tells the story of the beloved and maligned bitter liquor. It's due out this summer. [ via]
Building the right playlist is key for
restaurants looking to set the right mood for their food.
Malört is no longer fooling around: the Carl Jeppson Company has trademarked the name of its signature (and only) bitter liqueur.
Next's Dave Beran was named one of
Food & Wine's Best New Chefs. Beran is also nominated for Best Chef: Great Lakes in this year's Beard Awards.
Alinea is the
best restaurant in the world for the third year in a row, according to luxury magazine Elite Traveler.
Zagat released its
30 Under 30, a list of "gastronomic game changers," which includes a butcher, a baker, but alas, no candlestick maker.
Eater got a peek inside chef
Rick Bayless' personal library above Topolobampo & Frontera Grill.
If a bartender tells you to take those tequila shots without any citrus, it's probably because
local bars are coping with the skyrocketing cost of limes caused by a shortage in Mexico.
Four Loko as we knew it will be no more, as Chicago-based Phusion Projects agreed to cease production of caffeinated alcoholic beverages under pressure from government officials. They're still making Four Loko products, and in fact just released a new flavor. ( Previously.)
Food LTH Forum has released its list of this year's
Great Neighborhood Restaurants and Resources, among them Lincoln Square's Rainbow Thai Cuisine and Roscoe Village's Bad Wolf Coffee.
Join us tonight at 5:30pm for
Soup & Bread at the Hideout, where members of the Drive-Thru section will be dishing up two of the soups being offered -- just donate if you can and grab a bowl.
Too lazy to go to the liquor store?
QwikerLiquor now delivers wine and booze from local shops to your door. [ via]
Plenty of Chicago chefs and restaurants are
among the finalists for the James Beard Awards, including Spiaggia for Outstanding Restaurant and The Violet Hour for Outstanding Bar Program. More details in Drive-Thru.
Posted in the kitchen of a "prominent Chicago restaurant,"
a memo on how to spot a food critic discovered by Tribune writer Kevin Pang warned servers to be especially careful with diners eating alone.
Foodseum would be a permanent space for visitors to taste, touch, and smell exhibits about edibles of the past and present.
AnchorVan, the "world's first combination news/food truck," is serving up free chicken downtown to promote Anchorman 2.
Fans of beer deepest black:
tickets for Dark Lord Day go on sale today at noon. Three Floyds' annual celebration is April 26.
You remember all the New Yorkers bitching about how deep dish isn't really pizza? Well,
one of the hottest restaurants in Manhattan right now is Emmett's, a Chicago-style pizzeria, where waits stretch to three hours. (Though it might not be that great.)
Don't forget, Friday is
Pi Day. Celebrate by eating some.
Chicagoist's Chuck Sudo says
18th Street Brewery in Gary gives beer lovers another reason to go to Indiana besides Three Floyds.
Chicago Gourmet has launched Beyond Gourmet, a quarterly dinner series intended to give foodies opportunities to mingle with chefs, mixologists and industry folks throughout the year.
If Illinois (and the rest of the states) could only eat one meat,
what would it be? Slate attempts an answer. [ via]
WBEZ's Curious City looks into
which Lake Michigan fish are safe to eat, and in what quantity.
While Chicago is in the middle of a homegrown doughnut boom, the competition is heating up as
Stan's Donuts comes to town from LA, the "Doughnut Capitol of America."
Former GB contributor JP Pfafflin is on a
constant search for the best Friday fish frys.
Mike Sula explores the phenomenon of top-rated
chefs collaborating up with manufacturers of frozen dinners, fast food and breakfast snacks.
The Chinese food restaurant Mark's Chop Suey in Boystown will
permanently close its doors today after 38 years of service. The restaurant's owner, Amy Mark, 64, is ready to slow down. Marks' is right next to Sidetrack, one of the best-known gay bars in Chicago, which is one of the reasons why Mark chose the location in the first place.
NPR's Planet Money tallied
the median price of a pizza in every neighborhood of Chicago (and other cities) using data from Grubhub Seamless. Hit pizzerias in Austin, Avondale or the East Side to pay the least. Oh, and order a large. (Thanks, @tutebot!)
Soon you will be able to grab a slice of Giordano's while
looking down on the city from the Sears Tower's Skydeck.
OK, there's the
L bar map, but how 'bout one of coffee shop L map?
The Bacon Chase fundraiser will feature the standard 5K race followed by unlimited bacon, as well
as a .05K "blitz" because you're probably not there for the exercise anyways.
Since drinking on the CTA is not (yet) legal, a map has been created correlating the
"best and closest" bar to every "L" stop. Each stop on the map has been replaced with the correlating bar.
Food & Wine has created a survey inviting readers to
rank the top American food cities. Vote for Chicago and look for the results in the September 2014 print issue of Food & Wine.
The International Association of Culinary Professionals will release the winner of its
annual cookbook awards on March 15, and two cookbooks written by Chicagoans are among the list of finalists.
Let's all agree not to take US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scolia's bait about Chicago-style deep dish
not being pizza.
Stocked with salads and healthy options made from fresh, locally sourced produce, the
Farmer's Fridge vending machines offer much more than candy bars and Gardetto's.
Eater put together a list of
the least romantic places for Valentine's Day. And no, White Castle isn't one of them.
Englewood's Kusanya Café is a
rare place where neighbors can sit down and have a chat.
Here are your
Chicago chef and bartender valentines, courtesy of Time Out. (Here's the PDF.)
talks with Sarah Becan about her webcomic, Sauceome.
City tourism officials are
courting the organizers of the James Beard Awards, trying to bring the "Oscars of food" to Chicago from New York.
The "Breakfast Queen" Ina Pinkney may have closed up shop, but she has some parting
advice on how to run restaurant.
Follow Michael McSherry as he roasts coffee in his garage and delivers it by bike all around Chicago for his upstart "Grinderman Coffee" in a
short documentary produced by RedEye.
RedEye narrowed their search for the best up-and-coming bartender down to eight contestants, and they're now
taking your votes on who's #1.
The second annual
Poutine Fest is Feb. 23, and tickets go on sale on its website this Friday, Feb. 7 at noon. Last year it sold out almost immediately, so be ready to jump. [ via]
Giordano's is now the
official pizza supplier of the Cubs and Wrigley Field.
Employees of Snarf's Sub Shop who were fired in an email sent just before Christmas are
heading back to work after reaching an agreement with the sandwich chain's management.
An online tournament of sandwiches has begun in Chicago, and is being called an "
edible version of March Madness." The bracket currently consists of 64 sandwiches of various types all around the city. Participants who agree to the challenge eat the sandwiches, take photos and blog to the group's Google Docs.
Malört's bitter tentacles continue to spread: it's now available in a couple bars in Washington, DC.
With yet another layer of snow falling, perhaps you could
make something with it.
Whole Foods Market Inc. confirmed purchasing four former Dominick's stores in Chicago, including the Lincoln Park location at 959 W. Fullerton Ave., the center of DePaul University's campus. Other locations purchased includes the West Loop, Edgewater and Streeterville.
According to food blog Sample the Culture,
Potbelly's has a secret "underground menu," including sandwich hybrids like "Fireball" and "Seven Wonders." If you try ordering one, let us know how it goes. [ via]
Close-by coffee shops in Evanston avoided conflict by, get this,
talking to each other -- and their supplier.
NPR's Ian Chillag got a
taste of Endgrain Restaurant's "doughscuit," the latest pastry innovation in a post-Cronut world.
The would-be builders of Forbidden Root,
billed as the first "botanical brewery" in the U.S., are meeting resistance from West Town residents who don't want any more liquor licenses issued in its proposed location.
Chicago magazine captured glimpses of the
special, magic moment that is last call at bars around the city.
Pearl Tavern, the Loop's brand new craft, oyster and "sea delights" bar, is giving away free oyster tastings to all who make a reservation, in celebration of its opening. Call them at 312-629-1030 or
follow the link for free oysters between now and January 30.
Candy Crush Crawl has nothing to do with the videogame and everything to do with chocolate fountains and pools filled with jelly beans. And booze.
And speaking of Chicago magazine, its annual
Best New Bars list is out, with Three Dots and a Dash taking the top spot.
Has Jeppson's Malört seemed a bit too mild to you lately? Not to worry: their batch of Malört coming out this Spring will be
even more bitter than their bottles on the market now.
The Reader shows
what it takes for the folks behind Sunday Dinner Club to prepare cassoulet -- a traditional French mixture of beans, meat, and assorted deliciousness -- for 500 people. Time for lunch.
Ghost burger special at Kuma's Corner last year made TIME's list of most influential burgers of all time. Seems like they're giving it a little too much credit.
Four former Dominick's grocery stores -- among them the ones at Roosevelt and Canal and Clybourn and Wrightwood --
reopen today as Jewels.
tweet over his dilemma of whether a couple who brought their crying eight-month-old to Alinea this past weekend should have been asked to leave is earning him some major attention, as well as a new parody Twitter account.
A couple brought their 8-month-old baby with them to
Alinea after their babysitter fell through. Chef Grant Achatz was at a loss as to how best to handle the situation after the infant's crying upset other diners, which led to plenty of discussion on Twitter -- and a parody account.
Zero Percent app helps grocery stores and restaurants share their surplus food with charities in Chicago.
Draft magazine picked its
100 Best Beer Bars of 2014, and not surprisingly a lot of Chicago spots are on it. Congrats to Bangers & Lace, Fountainhead, Hopleaf, Local Option and Map Room.
Home design site Houzz gives us a close-up look at
chef Paul Kahan's kitchen.
All of the employees at local sandwich place
Snarf's Sub Shop (600 W. Chicago Ave.) were laid off last night. By email.
The Lincoln restaurant in North Center is
closing at the end of the year, which means the Lincoln Lodge is looking for a new home. The long-running standup showcase begins its final performances tonight.
Chicago Restaurant Week Jan. 24 to Feb. 6 are now available -- book one of more than 200 restaurants in the city and suburbs.
The latest Billy Goat Tavern in the Loop is
courting the downtown lunch crowd, offering more than two types of beer and a salad bar.
The founders of the Kickstarter-backed Geek Bar
found a fitting location in Lincoln Park, and plan to start serving Chicago's nerds in the spring of next year.
You've got just a little time left to send
Vienna Beef hot dogs to friends across the country. Maybe this commercial will convince you. [ via]
getting rid of Yummy Rummy, the rewards game that gave frequent users a chance to win free food.
Well, not a flagon per se, but
Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery makes some delicious honey-based brews. You can purchase them online via Bev-Art.com.
100 Best Things We Ate & Drank This Year features special oysters, doughnut ice cream sandwiches, Russian style vodka shots and more.
Wrigleyville businesses and residents are bracing for the hordes of Christmas sweater-clad bar hoppers set to stumble through the streets during this weekend's Twelve Bars of Xmas pub crawl.
I have a feeling
Bari has a lot more people asking for Italian beef after Serious Eats discovered how well they make it. They make their own giardiniera, after all.
Whisky Advocate named
FEW Spirits Rye its craft whiskey of the year. Which means it's going to be even harder to find.
Do-Rite Donuts added a $20, special order Truffle Donut to their menu.
Greater Chicago Food Depository has launched the Donation Plate, a simple site that makes it easy to create a fundraising campaign to fight hunger. Here's Gapers Block's plate; pitch in if you can.
Chicagoans looking to start food co-ops are
setting their sights on Dominick's locations that will soon be empty across the city.
After people lined up around the block last week for Eataly's grand opening, the Italian food mecca
had to close today to re-stock and prepare for more crowds of hungry Chicagoans.
Malört water bottle for your bike; fill it with yellow Gatorade for the full effect.
There are the standard wine-of-the-month clubs, and then there's the one offered by
Fine Wine Brokers in Lincoln Square. Each bottle is carefully chosen for the utmost quality for your fancy, and hopefully sharing, friends.
An "A is for Atheists" display
marking the pagan holiday of the winter solstice is joining the menorah and Nativity scene on Daley Plaza for the first time.
Want to know where your Thanksgiving meal went? If you stayed in the Chicago area, it probably ended up at the
Stickney Water Reclamation Plant. Stickney is the largest wastewater treatment plant in the world and the subject of our newest episode of The Grid.
Eataly Chicago, the food store brainchild of celebchef Mario Batali, opens today at 4pm.
Cyber Monday gets porky: VIP tickets for next year's Baconfest
go on sale at 10am.
Leona's chain has been sold (except for the Sheffield original and Rogers Park location) to an Evanston lawyer who plans to refresh the menu and the look. I'd gladly lose the psychedelic salad for roasted garlic heads on the menu again.
Hip hop shop
Exclusive 773 is giving away 1,000 turkeys to needy families today at the store, 857 W. 87th St. Young Chop, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Durk, Co-Still, Twista and other local rappers have sponsored hundreds of turkeys, and there's still time to donate a couple yourself.
Christkindlmarket returns to Daley Plaza next week, with one notable absence: no ceramic boot mugs. This year's souvenir gluhwein mug is a skinny cylinder shape, and has some boot fans, well, bent out of shape, to say the least.
Dining Chicago put together a bucket list of Chicago's tastiest versions of
every kid's dinnertime nemesis: Brussels sprouts.
Yelp has determined that
Chicago likes to brunch -- and Broadway Cellars has the fourth most mentions in the nation of Mimosas in its reviews. (Thanks, Dee!)
LTHforum member Binko
made his own McRibs at home. They look a whole lot more appetizing than the original.
Serious Eats picks its top spots for
grabbing Thanksgiving staples to go.
O'Hare sells more Vienna Beef hot dogs than anyplace else in the world, and salami used to get salesmen out of parking tickets, according to Thrillist's listicle of
things you probably don't know about Vienna Beef.
Fresh Moves mobile produce market, built inside an old city bus, will reopen Nov. 23, in time to supply folks in food deserts with fresh ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner.
unleashed an epic rant against Chicago-style pizza on the Daily Show after commentators pointed to it as something other than tallest building-having that Chicago still does better than New York.
Dining Chicago highlights
Black Friday deals at local eateries, perfect for shoppers looking to recover calories lost while battling the crowds.
Elizabeth and EL Ideas are among the first-time
recipients of Michelin stars; they are part of the 25 local restaurants who have received the award. The 2014 Chicago guide is available today.
The famed Billy Goat Tavern may be
pushed out of its home at Hubbard and Michigan if the Realtor Building undergoes redevelopment.
Bib Gourmand listing of high-quality, moderately-priced restaurants recommended for locals added over a dozen Chicago eateries.
Serious Eats Chicago taste-tasted
16 of the many varieties of hot giardiniera on the market to find the best of the lot. (Tangentially related: Our own taste test of neon green relish.)
Piper's Alley Starbucks is no longer open 24 hours, and some people -- writers and students, especially -- are none too pleased. (For future reference, the Northwestern Medical Center location is open from 4:30am to 3:15am, as close to 24 hours as they get.)
Childhood obesity among CPS kindergartners
seems to be on the decline, with some experts crediting healthier school lunches. The weight of older kids has plateaued, however.
Serious Eats shares some of the
tasty offal dishes around the city, from blood pudding to crispy pig ears.
The California plant where Sriracha is produced
may be shut down after residents complained it emits an intense spicy odor, so now is a good time to stock up on the hot sauce, writes ChicagoNow blogger Ana Fernatt.
cryptic clues about their annual restaurant-wide Halloween costume, Logan Square's Lula Cafe is teaming up with their neighbors Fat Rice for a special one-night-only meal tomorrow.
#Foodiechats has figured out a way to make money off its weekly Twitter chats.
Microbrewery Crawl is coming up this Saturday, Nov. 2, and there are still a few tickets left! Join us for brewery tours at Lake Effect, Finch's, Metropolitan and DryHop, where you'll get to see how each one makes their beers -- and enjoy samples of the finished product.
The Reader's Michael Gebert
laments the loss of authentic Japanese restaurants in River North and Streeterville.
latest Cocktail Challenge involves Cheez Whiz. Revel Room's Robbie Guevara manages to make something fairly decent sounding with it, but I think I'd still order a Furball over a cheezy bloody.
Seven Chicago slices are included in the Daily Meal's
ranking of the 101 best pizzas in the country, with Spacca Napoli's Bufalina coming in highest at #23.
teamed up with Threadless for a "Chicago" vodka. It's flavored to emulate a dirty martini -- but NPR's Scott Simon thinks a different spice blend would have been more appropriate.
Deadspin ranked Chicago-style deep dis pizza #1 on its rundown of the
Great American Menu." Cincinnati chili came in last, below getting hit by a car.
An investigation found that a man
was selling wildlife to Chinatown restaurants. But he (allegedly) sold turtles, raccoons, and deer, and two out of those three actually sound delicious.
Crab & Beer Thirsty Fest was supposed to happen this summer at McCormick Place, then the Zhou B Arts Center. In reality, though, it was a scam designed to hit foodies in the pocketbook.
Broadcaster Bill Kurtis and his
Tallgrass Beef Company are being sued by the former CEO, who says he's owed back pay.
A different kind of rally is
taking over Daley Plaza today as eight food trucks from around the city serve their wares to the lunch and dinner crowds.
Chicago Food Film Festival returns Nov. 21-23 at Kendall College; tickets are on sale now, but if you get yours today (and only today), you can get a 24% discount.
Safeway Foods announced during its
quarterly earnings report yesterday that it will pull out of the Chicago market by early next year, selling or closing its 72 Chicagoland Dominick's stores, which face increased competition on both the low and high end. Four stores, including two in Chicago, have already been sold to Jewel's corporate parent.
McDonald's treated food writers in New York to a fancy
five-course dinner made from fast food ingredients, from pre-dinner cocktails to dessert. Kung Pao McNuggets, anyone?
Need an expert opinion? In addition to Oct. 20th's
Bucktown Apple Pie Contest, the folks at Bang Bang Pie are also holding a contest for the best apple pie later this month.
Girl and the Goat's Stephanie Izard got married this past weekend; her
cake, made by pastry chef Mathew Rice, featured "layers of Strawberry Nesquik-infused chocolate marble cake with bacon buttercream, and a Cheez-It-flavored cake with a crunchy filling of chocolate ganache, peanut butter and chocolate-covered Cheez-Its."
The Jungle to "Cheezborger, Cheezborger," the hamburger has a more storied history in Chicago than you might think.
While some foodies were
underwhelmed by the turnout, food trucks from around the city competed for the first-ever Chicago Vendy Awards. "Olga's Snacks" won the day.
County Barbecue is offering a free sandwich to government workers furloughed during the shutdown.
Ald. Deborah Graham has
proposed banning BYOB at restaurants within dry precincts, in reaction to a new banquet hall within a dry district in the 29th ward. Graham is the same alderman who helped make it possible for a convicted felon to open a liquor store with TIF money in an area with a moratorium on new liquor license. Ward Room has a good perspective on it.
National Taco Day today (according to whom, we're not sure) so you should eat some tacos to celebrate, right?
Bennigan's in the city will close at the end of the year. It was saved from the scrap heap in 2009, but this time rising rent is doing it in.
The Streeterville grocery
store, which struggled with bankruptcy and health department woes in recent months, will be closing Sunday after 12 years.
Kuma's is drawing some heat for its new burger, the Ghost, which features slow braised goat shoulder, a red wine reduction and a communion wafer garnish.
Karl Klockars runs down the long list of
upcoming breweries in Chicagoland in Time Out... and adds further thoughts at Guys Drinking Beer.
Taste of Chicago managed to
make a profit this year, for the first time since 2007.
Despite a moratorium on new liquor stores in the South Austin neighborhood,
a convicted drug dealer was given special approval -- and TIF money -- to open a new one, the Tribune discovered. Twenty-ninth Ward Ald. Deborah Graham shepherded the arrangement, about six months after receiving a campaign donation from the owner. Smart Chicago's Dan O'Neil adds insight on the data side of the story.
Jewel-Osco has removed the self-checkout lanes at some of its Chicagoland locations. The move is intended to reconnect staff with shoppers.
Gene Yale of Skokie grows 178 varieties of apples in his yard (they're
mostly dwarf trees) -- but he doesn't eat apples.
A combination of fast food pricing, intense competition, and restrictive parking rules makes Chicago a
tough place to own a food truck, Chicago Grid reports.
Goose Island is in talks with its landlord to
keep the Clybourn brewpub open. Meanwhile, chef Rick Bayless is planning a new spot in Wicker Park, in the old Salud space.
A judge ruled that Washington, D.C.'s popular mumbo sauce is
actually a Chicago concoction.
A picture of what reportedly is
R. Kelly's grocery list has hit the internet.
The federal government
filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Rosebud restaurant chain, which includes Rosebud on Rush and Carmines, saying it purposely fails or refuses to hire African Americans.
Arun Sampathavivat, chef-owner of
Arun's, is hoping to transform a few blocks of Pulaski Road north of Montrose into a new Thai ethnic neighborhood.
New short documentary
profiles Humboldt Park-born Charles Stanfield, master sommelier, chevalier in France's Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne -- and Wine for the People Binny's wine expert. [ via]
Grocery delivery service
Instacart is expanding into Chicago, partnering with Trader Joe's. The company promises delivery in as little as an hour, which unfortunately means service is limited to within quick driving distance of a TJ's for now, but they plan to add Whole Foods, Dominick's and Costco soon.
Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail is leading a
pub crawl along the 606 this Saturday. Five stops, with a suggested donation of $25. Email email@example.com to RSVP. [ via]
Zagat released a
very good-looking list of must-try dishes from some of the city's best restaurants.
It may be too early for dinner, but
this guide of Chicago dishes, from a Jim Shoe to a Maxwell Street Polish, is making me hungry.
found a place to get true Mississippi Delta hot tamales, which made their way to Chicago with the Great Migration and morphed into the paper-wrapped style common in hot dog stands.
Registration is open for the ninth annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest, which deserves full credit for that awesome pun. The contest is Oct. 20.
Think the nation's love affair with bacon is on the wane? Fear not, for
Baconfest is doing , April 25 & 26 at the UIC Forum. three sessions next year
Public House, River North's
beer focused eatery, is hosting its first-ever Gluten Free Beer Dinner next Wednesday, Sept.18. The six‐course pairing menu from Chef David Blonsky & Chef Jeremy Tannehill was created to complement the hand-picked gluten-free beers. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here!
WBEZ's Monica Eng did a
two-day trial of the SNAP Challenge and produced very delicious-looking results (a feat, compared to others' attempts). The Greater Chicago Food Depository is organizing a SNAP Challenge next week, if you're interested in experiencing a food budget of $5/day firsthand.
The Wicker Park/Bucktown Chamber of Commerce is bringing back its
Fall Dinner Crawl Oct. 1. Like last year, there are three routes to choose from, each featuring tasting portions of signature dishes from a dozen neighborhood restaurants. The Fork route is already sold out, and tickets are going fast for the Knife and Spoon routes. Get'em while they're hot!
Paramount Room at Kinzie and Milwaukee has set up a bike repair station to help passing commuters -- and encourage them to pop inside for a drink or bite.
Chicagoist's Melissa Wiley gets a taste of
Comfort Station's community-focused potlucks in Logan Square, where the only cost of a home-cooked meal is your company.
According to USDA purchasing data obtained by
Politico, Illinois schools are once again buying ammonia-treated 'pink slime' beef to serve in cafeterias, likely in an effort to save money.
Dennis Lee took a trip to
Four Belly in Lakeview to partake of the silk worms, frog legs and other odd items on the menu.
Want to start your own food truck? A
free seminar Thursday at the Bucktown Public Library can help you figure out your next steps.
Doughnut Vault earned a spot in USA Today's list of the nation's best doughnut shops.
Did you hear that
Dimo's Pizza has a pie made with Malort? Time Out's Amy Cavanaugh tried it, and it's not bad.
Anthony Todd broke news yesterday about a possible
crackdown on barrel-aged cocktails due to the technique's technical violation of several liquor and food safety laws.
City Council is
considering an ordinance that would require all restaurants that serve alcohol to post signs saying guns are not allowed; the state's new concealed carry law already bans them in bars.
Rogers Park hole-in-the-wall sushi spot
Katsu upset culinary titans like Next and Alinea to win "Top Food" in the 2014 Zagat Survey. [ via]
Whole Foods is publicly stating what's been known by Englewood organizers for a few months: It will open a store at 63rd and Halsted ... by 2016. For what it's worth, while Whole Foods and the Sun-Times imply Englewood is like the neighborhood where the Detroit location opened, it isn't.
Julia Thiel makes the case that
Logan Square's influx of cocktail bars and restaurants means Wicker Park-like gentrification is just around the corner.
If you're lucky enough to have a space in a yard or a plot in a community garden, you're probably enjoying the bounty of tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers and more that your carefully tended plants are producing. But if you find that you're producing
too much and you can't bear to watch the produce wither in your vegetable bin because going out sounds better than eating more zucchini, consider donating your excess to a local food pantry. Ample Harvest has created a nationwide database of all food pantries willing to take homegrown veggies and there are several in Chicago.
Ina Pinkney is retiring and closing her eponymous restaurant; last service will be Dec. 31.
Tickets are now on sale for the annual
Kegs for Kids event at Hopleaf. Get your drink on to help a neighborhood school.
Black Dog Gelato is teaming up with Glazed and Infused for a daylong collaboration of ice cream doughnut sandwiches. Order today for pick-up tomorrow.
Eater looks forward to some of the most anticipated
bars and restaurants opening this fall, including a German beer hall, a butcher shop/ concert venue, and a bar to fill the "Bonny's sized hole in your heart."
Diner en Blanc, an annual outdoor dining event in a surprise location to which guests are expected to dress all in white, is back in Chicago on Sept. 19. If you weren't already on the mailing list, you missed the chance at tickets, but you can still register for the wait list.
This fall, Starbucks hopes to bring their new drive-thru shop design to Rogers Park/Edgewater at the corner of Broadway and Sheridan. The kicker — the shop will be constructed entirely
out of shipping containers.
Curious City did a crawl
last month to find Chicago's best doughnut, but the question they really wanted to answer was, did Dunkin' Donuts kill the competition when it came here in 1965? The answer may surprise you.
Seth Unger has started a bracketed
Tournament of Dips, and your votes are needed. [ via]
Food Safety News reports on Foodborne Chicago, the app from SmartChicago that monitors Twitter for food poisoning ( previously).
Lisa Kornick may not be the typical chef's wife -- she runs operations for husband Michael Kornick's
mk. But she can definitely give perspective on what it's like being in a restaurant marriage.
Best Beers in Chicago feature is online, along with a scorecard to see how many of their 62 picks you've tried.
Who's tops in the city's culinary world? NewCity's annual
Food & Drink 50 breaks it down. The top 10 you can probably guess, but 11-50 is where it gets interesting.
Chefs Aaron Cuschieri (Slurpling Turtle) and Carlos Gaytan (Mexique) will
compete on the next season of "Top Chef," which premieres in October.
Gnash your teeth and rend your clothes, for
Chicago has been left off TripAdvisor's list of the 10 best cities for pizza. This has got to be the only time San Diego has ever topped such a list.
Bon Appetit's narrowed its list of best new restaurants in America
down to 50, including Fat Rice, Grace and Trenchermen. The final list will be announced Aug.14.
If you want to attend this year's
Hamburger Hop at Chicago Gourmet, be ready at your keyboard at 10am this morning, which is when tickets go on sale.
The son of the owner of
La Creperie was discovered dead of a heart attack last week. Jeremy Roignant was back in town, after moving to LA with his wife and children, to help his father close the restaurant later this month.
Goose Island's popular 312 Urban Wheat Ale is
no longer brewed in Chicago. At all. So is it still a local beer? And are other area code beers still a possibility from parent AB InBev?
seems to have shut down already, not even a week after it opened to replace the West Town Tavern.
Dare you enter one of
Wow Bao's bao eating contests to celebrate its 10th anniversary?
Sidetrack decided to
stop serving Russian vodka in protest of anti-gay legislation and attacks in that country. Several other bars have followed suit, part of a national trend. The boycott spurred Stolichnaya Vodka's CEO to write an open letter noting the brand's support of the LGBT community.
Proving old dogs can learn new tricks, Drew and Susan Goss of
West Town Tavern ( previously) have announced they're reopening as Chicago Taco. Viva los Gosses! [ via]
City Eats, a NY-based restaurant discovery and reservation site, launched in Chicago today.
South Loop location has been put up for sale today, says Crain's. The Chicago Tribune reported recently on upscale grocers gaining heat in the city.
"Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me" staffers had some fun with another odd Chicago sandwich, the "
Gravy Bread," which is essentially a dipped Italian beef without the beef.
Why? Because it's National Hot Dog Day. Chicagoist rounds up
their 13 favorites, while the Daily Meal more than doubles it to 29, while also proclaiming the Chicago-style dog the best in the world. You might also peruse GB's The Dog Show archives. And if you're really hard up, a few fast food places and convenience stores have deals today.
LTHForum launched a redesign today, which includes a new focus on feature-length articles about Chicago culinary topics. The first is an investigation into the origins of the jim shoe sandwich.
Curious City would like your help on a doughnut crawl.
Uber has an ice cream truck on call today. Use the app to get frozen treats from Ice Cubed delivered to you for $25 for six people.
CH Distillery aims to be the first distillery in Chicago with an in-house bar.
There has been
some discussion about which grocery chains are best for the city and why they aren't moving into the food deserts in Chicago. Gaylon Alcaraz, a local activist, has created a petition to challenge Whole Foods and Trader Joe's to open a store on the South Side of town. Whole Foods does plan to open a store in Hyde Park next year, but she hopes they will move into food deserts.
Green City Market's annual Chef's BBQ Benefit is tomorrow night. Enjoy food prepared by some of the city's top chefs -- and this year, there's also Green City Cocktails to go along with the food. Tickets are still available.
Bad Wolf Coffee opened last week in Lakeview, DNAinfo reports. The owner wants to create a social atmosphere with no chairs so that people aren't glued to their laptops.
Koval was named one of America's coolest distilleries by Travel & Leisure.
National Hot Dog Month, which is part of the reason we're throwing our Hot Dog Cookoff this Saturday (get your tickets here!) Meanwhile, Time Out put together a list of the city's best hot dogs.
Double Door's new subterranean "speakeasy" bar,
Door No. 3, opens tonight with Hey Champ performing live, along with DJ sets by Gemini Club, pOCEANs and Greg Corner. It's free, but you have to RSVP on Do312.
An outpost of the Los Angeles-based
Stan's Donuts will be opening in the former Skewerz space located at the base of the Wicker Park/Damen Blue Line.
Crain's took a
tour of C. Cretors & Co., the Chicago-based inventors of the popcorn machine, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2011.
Temperance Beer Company received the first-ever craft brewery license in Evanston at last night's city council meeting. Temperance plans to build a tap room and brewery at 2000 Dempster St.
Kitchensurfing is a site that helps you find a chef to cook for a dinner party, teach you how to make something, or put together a catering plan, based around your budget. It just launched in Chicago with a couple dozen chefs on board.
Keep your eye out for
Johnsonville's latest sausage, a giardiniera-infused smoked link, made specially for the Chicagoland market.
Are you a huge fan of
Juneberries or mulberries and upset that you can rarely find them at a farmer's market, and never at a grocery store? There is a great database called Falling Fruit with a Google map showing where every public or semi-public fruit tree is. Type in an address, or share your location, and then search to see where gingko nuts or even an apricot tree can be found. Feel free to add to it. The Oak Park Forestry Division seems to have pretty good coverage of what can be found on the far West Side.
Vintage advertising murals for
defunct Moo & Oink were recently revealed on a building at 72nd and Stony Island. (You can still buy Moo & Oink brand products online.)
Doug Sohn of
Hot Doug's shares some thoughts on hot dogs in other countries in Condé Nast Traveler.
"Red, White and Booze" map of the best-known alcoholic beverage from each state is miles ahead of that corporation map that went around the web last week, while still giving people plenty to argue about.
West Loop Salumi is the city's first USDA-certified salumeria. Their Randolph Street storefront isn't open yet, but you can shop online.
Jewel-Osco is phasing out its loyalty card in favor of "card free savings."
Check out this kind of weird video they created to introduce "new" features like fresh-cut fruit and fried chicken.
The Logan Square Farmers Market's new Night Market launches tonight from 5 to 9pm in the Logan Square Blue Line plaza. It'll run on Wednesday nights through Sept. 4.
Sprinkles Cupcakes is getting into the ice cream business starting this weekend, and to celebrate it's giving away free samples this Friday at noon. Supplies won't last long, so line up early.
The snack cake and its Hostess brethren
returns to the shelves in mid-July after production shut down last fall due to bankruptcy.
Un86'd is a charity aimed at helping injured restaurant professionals pay for medical care after an accident (in- or outside work). You can contribute by buying special cocktails at Carriage House or La Sirena Clandestina this weekend.
Myles Dannhausen profiles
tap room and Lincoln Square hangout the Cardinal Lounge in Center Square Journal.
Brendan Sodikoff, the mastermind behind Gilt Bar, Au Cheval, Bavette's and the Doughnut Vault, has purchased and will rehab and reopen Maxim's, the historic restaurant that was auctioned by the city.
Meanwhile, elsewhere on Kickstarter, a supposedly LA-based campaign for Kobe beef jerky raised suspicions with its too-good-to-be-true pricing. It was soon discovered to be an apparent fraud perpetrated by someone based in Chicago. It's since been suspended.
Glazed and Infused and Bow Truss are giving away each other's coffee and doughnuts this Friday to celebrate the latter's coffee now being brewed in the former's locations.
While nothing will be decided for 30 days, a Circuit Court judge heard
arguments this morning by food truck advocates and attorneys who are pushing for the end of regulations that prohibit food trucks from parking within 200 feet of established restaurants and required trucks to use of a GPS tracking device.
As if you needed more reasons to either avoid downtown or head there,
Coffee Fest is at Navy Pier this weekend. It's a coffee snob's dream.
profiles chef Brandon Baltzley in the Reader this week. Baltzley flamed out of Chicago's dining scene two years ago, has a memoir out now, and will soon open a small restaurant and boarding house in Michigan City.
With all the rain last weekend, Lincoln Square's
Maifest ended up with a lot of uncooked food left over, so they're selling it off. Swing by DANK Haus Friday afternoon if you want a 5lb. case of brats for cheap.
This Saturday, Bon Appetit magazine is hosting
a Grub Crawl: for $149, get exclusive access and food at restaurants on Randolph Street or in Logan Square on one of two routes. Still a few tickets left, but hurry up.
The Trib's Wailin Wong profiles
Fooda, a startup that brings more food options to office dwellers. Maybe even yours.
The Chicago dog is easy to spot in
this fun video for Applegate hot dogs. [ via]
outdoor seating in Chicago, and explains why it's nearly absent on the South Side
McDonald's CEO Don Thompson says he
lost 20 in the past year while eating at McDonald's every day -- the key being that he also began working out. Salads only make up 2% to 3% of McDonald's sales in the US.
fame and mystique continues to grow, the Reader's Julia Thiel learned why Letherbee decided to make a boutique Malort, which will soon join Jeppson's on local liquor store shelves.
Food assistance programs have seen a surge in usage recently;
Whet Moser breaks down why.
If you like
Grub Street Chicago, pay a visit today -- it and Grub Street's other city blogs closed today, and will redirect to a newly nationally focused main site. Writer Michael Gebert reflects on his time with the site.
Looks like Brooklyn's
Great GoogaMooga food and music festival is coming to Chicago in August; permits have been applied for.
GrubHub is merging with New York-based Seamless, creating an even bigger player in the food delivery biz. GrubHub's co-founder and CEO Matt Maloney will lead the combined company.
Tickets are on sale
right now for From Cuts to Cult: Chicago Meat Past and Present, Chicago Detours' new tour through the Fulton Market Meatpacking District, giving the history of the neighborhood and a look at its future.
Chicago Craft Beer Week begins this Thursday, highlighting the city's vibrant beer culture. In 2003, Mark W. Anderson wrote about the decline of tap rooms, the bars attached to liquor stores, for Gapers Block. Half Acre's tap room aside, they're still a dying breed; visit one today.
Chicago was voted Best Food City in Tablespoon.com's
2013 Munchies food awards -- and Butcher & the Burger, Bar Toma, Hoosier Mama Pie Co. won in the burger, pizza and bakery categories. [ via]
SideCar is giving away Glazed & Infused doughnuts with rides Friday morning.
Over in the United Kingdom, McDonald's is currently selling a
"Chicago Supreme" hamburger that doesn't have much at all to do with Chicago. Then again, all of the "Great Tastes of America" burgers are somewhat arbitrary.
Apparently you can get a
Chicago-style hot dog at Disneyland now for $7.19. From the looks of the photo, it comes sprinkled with green relish and chives.
Intelligentsia has launched a new line of teas, called
Kilogram. The packaging is beautiful. [ via]
tickets available for the Reader's Key Ingredient Cook-Off tonight at the Bridgeport Art Center. If you're culinarily adventurous, this is the event for you.
Bernard Loyd hopes that
Bronzeville Cookin', a new dining complex at 51st and Prairie, can help revitalize Bronzeville.
If you think you got food poisoning from that last taco, pad thai or whatever, fill out a report at
Foodborne Chicago or tweet at @foodbornechi. Your case will be logged into the 311 system for the City to check out.
The City has invited food trucks to participate in
Taste of Chicago this year by selling food to concert ticketholders. But is charging them a higher commission on sales than pop-up restaurants, Food Truck Freak reports.
Over in Drive-Thru, we visit Spiaggia, a nominee in the Outstanding Restaurant category for this year's James Beard Awards. The winners will be announced Monday in New York; other local nominees include Grace, Purple Pig and Girl and the Goat.
TableSAVVY helps you land last-minute dinner reservations at a discount. It's partnering with Chicago magazine to allow readers to book straight from the reviews.
New microbreweries are opening in rapid succession here in Chicagoland.
The Local Beet has compiled a list to help you keep track. [ via]
The Green City Market is currently running a fundraising drive, and Chipotle is helping out this Saturday: all proceeds from Chicago stores (up to $20,000) will be donated to the market.
fast food workers are staging a walkout today, led by Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago, to call for a $15 minimum wage and the right to unionize. Watch for picket lines in front of various Loop fast food joints.
Sure, it's snowing. Ignore that and focus on the days coming when we can hang out on
patios and rooftop decks.
Got the munchies?
Insomnia Cookies delivers cookies, brownies and ice cream until 3am -- provided you live near DePaul in Lincoln Park. The national chain caters to college students.
Not only is the last print issue of Time Out Chicago their
Eat Out Awards issue, but the Reader's food issue is out on newsstands, too.
A 17-year-old burglar allegedly decided to
take a break from robbing an ice cream shop to sample some of the merchandise.
Quick reminder, this is your last day to
vote for the next host of " Check, Please!"
2013 Eat Out Awards have been announced, with Fat Rice winning best new restaurant and Scofflaw winning best new bar.
not going so well between the brothers who own Reza's.
It's been a
since GB held a Get-Together there, but Britt Julious writes about exactly very long time what we love about Danny's Tavern.
The coffee shop at the
Ohio House motel will close at the end of the month, to most likely be replaced by a chain.
Alpana Singh shares
what she's learned about restaurants in her time as host of " Check, Please!" -- and after.
The forthcoming Honey Butter Fried Chicken is joining forces with Half Acre for a newly added second
evening of food and drink and OMG. Get your tickets before they disappear! UPDATE: Sold out.
Vienna Beef is now selling
Ditka brand sausage in "hot polish" and "chicken with tomato and mozzarella" varieties. [ via]
Caribou Coffee locations will close this Sunday at noon, with some later reopening as Peet's Coffee. According to the Tribune, most of the shops in the city will remain open. UPDATE: Crain's reports that the shops at 2453 N. Clark St. and 500 W. Madison St. are scheduled to close this weekend.
Best New Restaurants list is out, and it ranges from high-end dining to kosher barbecue.
Peter Balla laments
the death of "saloon life" in ChicagoNow. Mark Anderson covered similar ground regarding tap rooms for GB back in 2003.
No, Frank Thomas isn't going on an all-Big Hurt Beer diet --
he's juicing (the veggies and fruit kind, not steroids) to lose weight. But speaking of beer, he's rolled out a low-calorie version of BHB.
talked with Cleetus Friedman shortly after he closed City Provisions, his locavore deli. Now Guys Drinking Beer talk to him about landing at Fountainhead and becoming a finalist for "Check, Please!" host.
Drive-Thru writers are among the soup makers at Soup & Bread this evening. The theme is "Chicago vs. Chicago," and we've got a couple of boozy doozies for you. Stop by the Hideout between 5:30 and 8pm for a bowl or two.
Two Wicker Park favorites are planning expansions.
Big Star is moving its take-out window to a neighboring building, with more patio seating in between, and Emporium Arcade Bar is leveling up into an additional storefront.
Chicago Beer Festival landed in hot water with some ticketholders after being informed by the state liquor commission that it couldn't offer unlimited beer. Rumor has it the competing American Beer Classic ( previously) complained about the policy, which is against state law.
Twenty-five chefs dish on
which greasy spoons, bars and other joints they hit when their shift is done.
An Olive Garden will be
opening in Avondale this summer.
The popular Andersonville bar and restaurant
was shut down yesterday after months of not paying rent. The restaurant's owner, Colm Treacy, confirmed the closing in a Facebook posting.
topped Elite Traveler/Laurent-Perrier Top 100 Restaurants in the World list -- and l2O came in at #18.
McDonald's isn't popular among Millennials, so they're working on new menu items like the McWrap.
Lillie's Q reopened its Chicago French Market location today at 11am, a week after fire shut down the Bucktown restaurant. It will start with a limited menu, and will close when all food has been sold.
Time Out helps you
get your burger on this week. Meanwhile, FoodGenius gives a little peek back at McDonald's menus of yesteryear.
Tucked way back on the alley at 22 E. Jackson St. is
Pickwick Stable, one of the few pre-Chicago Fire buildings left in the Loop. It will soon be visited far more often, as Asado Coffee plans to build a roaster and cafe there.
Turkey Chop is part of an effort to help revitalize West Humboldt Park. Will it work?
The finalists for the
James Beard Foundation Awards were announced today [PDF], and Paul Kahan and his One Off Hospitality received four nominations.
A fire broke out in the basement of Lillie's Q in Bucktown last night, destroying the restaurant. The fire means both the main location and the satellite shop in the Chicago French Market are closed indefinitely, but the owners vow to reopen ASAP.
It's nearly 5, and the Reader's
annual bar issue is out. Drink up.
Pi Day, and NPR's Kitchen Window has rounded up Chicago's pie options for you.
Forget the NCAA. Chicagoist has been running a
March Chicago beer bracket, and it's currently at the Sweet 16 level.
Your brief audio essay on the subject of "appetite" could result in several of the city's best chefs (among them Rick Bayless, Elizabeth's Iliana Regan, and Lula Cafe's Jason Hammel) making a dish in your honor,
courtesy of the Third Coast International Audio Festival and the James Beard Foundation.
wants your input on the best dish of their amateur cookoff contest; the winner gets free tickets to the (sold out) April 20th pork extravaganza.
Four of the 19 cocktail bars Time Out revisited this week didn't live up to their "iconic" status. Up to you to find out which ones -- and decide whether they were iconic in the first place.
"Spilly" makes a Chicago-style hot dog ...by way of Kansas City ...and hell.
Toast raised money to to replace a dog's custom wheelchair that was stolen from a resident's porch.
Travel & Leisure named Chicago its
top pizza town. Not surprisingly, New Yorkers are up in arms.
advocated for healthier living in the city's kids earlier today at McCormick Place, McDonalds announced that they are taking its low-selling (and reasonably healthy) fruit and walnut salad off its menu (along with chicken strips) later this year.
Fresh Air interview about his new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, references intriguing experiences with suburban Kraft's food science team.
If you've always wanted to go to
Soup & Bread at the Hideout but live off in the western suburbs, Soup & Bread: Forest Park, tonight at Skrine Chops, might be up your alley. (The Hideout edition's still on, of course.)
This Here's Overrated, but I Love Your City Baby is a collection of Chicago's finest rap videos that are fully or partially filmed in or near restaurants.
Kevin Pang has this list of
Chicago-based semi-finalists in the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards. The finalists will be announced March 18.
General Admission tickets for
Baconfest go on sale tomorrow at noon.
What do Chicago's African-American culinary elite think of Black History Month? Audarshia Townsend gets
a variety of answers at DiningChicago.com, along with some recipes.
By coincidence, registration for the Chicago Marathon and Baconfest are on successive days:
Register for the marathon beginning at noon Tuesday, and get your Baconfest tickets at noon on Wednesday.
online auction for Charlie Trotter's restaurant is now open, with nearly everything starting at $10. Pick up anything from an "Viennese Secessionist" bar stool to Reidel wine glasses to a whole lot of steam pans. The auction closes Feb. 25. [ via]
Kevin Pang spent a year and a half working on this long, engrossing
profile of Chef Curtis Duffy -- as well as a documentary film that will debut later this year.
pays tribute to the Old Town Ale House as only he could. (He mentions resident artist-raconteur Bruce Elliott's blog, The Geriatric Genius, but doesn't link to it.)
While it's paczki mania in some parts of the city, at UofC it's all about
the Latke-Hamantash Debate, the 66th edition of which occurs tonight. Watch it live online at 7:30pm.
The wings at
Belly Shack and Yusho made Food & Wine's list of the best chicken wings in the country.
It's National Girl Scout Cookie Day, which kicks off the selling season. If you don't have a connection,
you can find one here. Or you can make your own.
Voting is open for Time Out's
2013 Eat Out Awards.
Several of the city's best pastry chefs discuss
their biggest dessert flops (although with the right protective gear, I would have happily eaten most of these).
recent episode of WTF with Marc Maron, John Hodgman discusses his love for Malort. Chicagoist has pulled some quotes.
The Salsa Truck is the first food truck to clear the grueling process to become the first food truck licensed to cook on board. Find the truck via Twitter and celebrate.
City Provisions may be gone, but Cleetus Friedman's beer collaborations live on. One will be tapped tonight at Haymarket Brewery; stop by from 6 to 7pm to sample Rosemary's Red Devil and grab one of the limited edition mini-growlers.
Pipeworks Brewing Company was named new brewery of the year in the 2013 RateBeer Best Awards. Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout won "top beer" in Illinois and placed eighth overall; three Three Floyds beers also made the top 50.
Loyola is getting a
very fancy Starbucks indeed. Meanwhile, the second Bowtruss will open at 406 N. Wells St. later this week, according to co-owner Phil Tadros.
Fanny Go makes egg rolls. She's done it for decades, and in fact is part of the reason they're in every Chinese restaurant you've ever been to. Monica Eng tells her story, and shares Go's recipe with you. [ via]
Time Out tracks its favorite
L train-accessible restaurants, from Pulaski to Morgan to Noyes.
Marie's Riptide Lounge, a favorite old-school dive,
may close this week due to legal wranglings after longtime owner 's death. Stop by today for a "Save the Bar" fundraiser. Meanwhile, Cocktail in Boystown has been seized by its landlord, alleging $85,000 in back rent.
Alpana Singh is
leaving "Check Please!" to focus on her new restaurant, The Boarding House. The show will begin searching for a new host soon.
Bennison's Bakery in Evanston is holding a
paczki eating contest on Feb. 9. They've just added space for two more teams of two -- if competitive Polish donut eating is your thing, sign up now!
Here's video from the 2010 competition.
Ald. Ed Burke has proposed
banning the sale of energy drinks such as Red Bull and 5 Hour Energy, within city limits. Don't worry, coffee's not on Burke's hit list... yet.
Yumbly is a new search engine for finding great food in Chicago.
Several staffers at the Greater Chicago Food Depository took the SNAP Challenge to eat on a $35 budget for a week to mirror the average weekly benefit for those receiving food assistance.
Fountainhead and the Old Town Pour House are among the new additions to Draft magazine's 100 Best Beer Bars in America, joining a nice list of Chicago honorees (among them Sheffield's and Local Option).
Chicago magazine puts
a hundred bars on the map for your drinking pleasure, and supplies a handy checklist to see how many you've already made it to. (A shocking 51 for me.)
Piebox sells state-of-the-art wooden receptacles for your pie. (Thanks, Ian!)
produced a short video for Alternative Apparel about Flesh for Food, a pop-up dinner team that also makes bacon on the side.
Flesh for Food from Alternative Apparel on Vimeo.
Chicago Beer Geeks have
released an iPhone app to help you keep tabs on upcoming events -- this month alone includes a tour of Chicago's Argus Brewery and a special tasting with California favorites Stone Brewing Co.
Two U of I researchers
conducted an aerial photography assessment of food gardens in Chicago and determined there may be as many as 4,500 of them. While those familiar with food gardening in Chicago can probably already see that the methodology is overly conservative, it's an interesting view of urban agriculture.
With 447.26 GreenPoints, Chicago's
Uncommon Ground has been awarded the title of World's Greenest Restaurant, somehow topping their 2011 award for Greenest Resturaunt in America. [ via]
Not your lunch, the book.
doesn't come out until July 16, but you can Hot Doug's: The Book pre-order it on Amazon now.
Chicago Restaurant Week Feb. 1-10 are now on sale, and tickets for Chicago Theatre Week, Feb. 12-17, go on sale tomorrow, Jan. 9. Too bad they didn't coordinate so we could all enjoy some cheap dates.
Popular North side coffee shop
Dollop is opening a second location downtown at 345 E. Ohio, being the first to sell Metropolis coffee in the area, and bringing with it Hoosier Mama pies, Fritz Pastry donuts and Southport Grocery cupcakes. [ via]
Progress isn't always progress:
not a single food truck has been granted a license for preparing food to order since the practice became legal in July.
Some jerk tried to
subtract more than the tip from his bill at an Andersonville restaurant Christmas Day.
College dorm food is generally not that great. Unless you happen to live near
Robert Lipman. The UofC first-year runs a monthly underground restaurant in various secret locations -- including dorm communal kitchens.
Chicago has finally willed it into existence: the second (and larger!) location of Kuma's Corner, Kuma's Too,
will be opening at 666 W. Diversey in just a few months.
Over at WBEZ,
Louisa Chu reminds us that German Kinder Uberraschung chocolate eggs are still illegal and heavily fined in the US, no matter what those pushers at Christkindlmarket might tell you. Achtung!
months of uncertainty, Cal's Bar, the South Loop dive that's been a favorite of bike messengers and punk bands, will be closing at the end of the month. The bar's last day is New Year's Eve; a free concert is scheduled.
If you've been interested in homebrewing but wary of the process, a Chicagoland brewer has developed OneDerBrew,
a streamlined one-container system you can both ferment in and serve from.
Co-op Sauce has expanded its line to include more varieties of hot sauce, as well as barbecue sauce, salsa, pasta sauce and more.
Yusho is the sole Chicago item in this year's Saveur 100.
Chicago Wingfest tickets went on sale this weekend -- get them fast if you want to go on Feb. 24.
If you were hoping to get in on yesterday's release of
Westvleteren XII, a highly regarded beer made by trappist monks in Belgium who are known for their brew, you're out of luck. Binny's Lincoln Park and Downers Grove locations, which were the only places in the Chicagoland area to sell the $85 limited edition six-pack, have sold out their stock.
Charlie Trotter got a little testy, unsurprisingly, at the auction of his eponymous restaurant,
interrupting the auctioneer and kicking journalist Mark Caro out of the preview.
Comedian and actor
Aziz Ansari, who put an unsuccessful call out to his Twitter followers while at O'Hare this past weekend to bring him a torta from the airport Frontera at his gate in exchange for tickets to his next Chicago show (he made a mad dash to the restaurant instead), has a special love for Chicago's food. Tom Haverfood would be proud.
À La Card Chicago and Drink Deck restaurant and bar discount packs are now available -- always a good stocking stuffer for foodies.
When asked if they'd be interested in the last shipment of Twinkies, Jewel Osco bought 100% of it, and is
sending most of them to Chicago.
Got an aspiring pit master on your list? Rub BBQ offers
barbecue 101 cooking classes covering everything from picking the meat to smoking procedures to side preparation -- and attendees chow down at the end of class.
Beer from Hawaii's
Kona Brewing Company, the state's largest, will be available in Chicago as of January. Their Longboard Island lager, Big Wave golden ale, Fire Rock pale ale, and seasonal selections will be at Binny's and taps around town. [ via]
Safari Cup, an independent African coffee roaster and cafe, offers " Santa Sacks" stuffed with coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate. Festive, fair trade and totally delicious.
If you love someone who loves bacon, this is the ultimate holiday gift: VIP tickets to April 20th's
Baconfest at the UIC Forum, which go on sale this Monday at 9am. Your $200 ticket gets you a special hour-long early admission to the event, which is the equivalent of being in an amusement park with no lines -- and lots of pork. (FYI, $100 regular admission tickets go on sale in February.)
Grub Street has a great
interview with Bette Dworkin, owner of Kaufman's Deli in Skokie, which just reopened after renovations following a fire last year.
Glazed & Infused ( previously) celebrates the long-delayed opening of their Lincoln Park shop, 939 W. Armitage Ave., this Friday, and you get the presents: free doughnuts.
Greater Chicago Food Depository has created Eat Out Check In, a program that lets you donate food every time you check into a restaurant on Foursquare or Facebook. [ via]
First Slice Pie Cafe, the brainchild of chef Mary Ellen Diaz, combines charitable giving with deliciousness. Sign up for a subscription for three meals a week, and you'll not only get mouthwatering, delicious meals that you don't have to shop for, cook, or clean up after, you'll also be helping to feed the same fantastic meals to people who would otherwise go hungry. An individual subscription costs $40.33 a week, and a family subscription goes for $78.36 per week. Purchase a subscription for a friend or for yourself! Your taste buds will be glad you did, and so will your conscience.
Time Out's annual
100 Best Things We Ate & Drank list is out.
The Uncommon Green offers
highball glasses etched with city maps, including Chicagoland. (There's a matching carafe, but you might want to wait till they correct "Evansboro" to Evanston before you buy it.)
The Tribune reports that (spoiler alert!) Dunkin' Donuts coffee is
not the best cup of coffee in America.
Half Acre has teamed up with other like-minded companies to create a
holiday gift basket filled with beer, coffee, hot sauce and other stuff.
You may have heard about people
stocking up on Hostess products in light of the company's liquidation, but few people have likely gone as far as Andrés DeLeón did.
President Obama will be pardoning a turkey tomorrow;
which one is it gonna be?
The WSJ gets to the bottom of
Hostess Brands, which
claimed union demands were to blame for closing their operations (while requesting hefty "liquidation bonuses" for their execs) has suspended closing and is currently in talk with the Bakers Union.
Tony Bourdain's Chicago episode of "
The Layover" airs tonight at 8pm on the Travel Channel. RedEye has a review, and the Sun-Times' Lori Rackl notes that Bourdain drives a vintage Cadillac in it, an unexpected echo of his anger with Travel Channel for cutting him into an ad for the car company without his permission.
Ald. George Cardenas wants to
ban caffeinated energy drinks for people under 21 years old after reports that the drinks have been tied to more than a dozen teen deaths.
A showdown between Hostess Brands Inc. and striking workers at the company's Schiller Park plant may mean
the death of Twinkies, HoHos, Honey Buns and other iconic American treats. Update: They're now the Hostess with the Leastess.
John Hall, who founded Goose Island, is
leaving the CEO position. He's being replaced by a Anheuser-Busch veteran who will grow the Goose Island brand "the right way." Hall will be a founding member of the Anheuser-Busch Craft Advisory Board. (Cynics might note that the word "beer" does not appear in the board's name.)
Eli's annual warehouse
cheesecake sale is this Saturday.
Institute for Justice, an anti-regulation voice in the Chicago food truck battle, and owners from Schnitzel King and Cupcakes for Courage filed a lawsuit against the city today. Read the Institute for Justice's press release or watch their video (below) for their pitch.
Will it waffle? Past GB contributor Daniel Shumski asked that question on his blog,
Wafflizer. That blog will soon be a book.
Well, so much for waiting. The list of restaurants receiving stars in the 2013 Michelin Guide was due to be announced tomorrow, but after some chefs began
tweeting their wins today, the full list was released to the Tribune.
Maybe technically it
always is Chocolate Week everywhere, but this time it's more organized for Chicago. Huffington Post Chicago has the latest.
We heard about Nate Silver's
Burrito Bracket blog back in 2007, but his newfound celebrity as an election predictor has brought that long-defunct site back to everyone's attention.
Spice House teamed up with celebchef Alton Brown to create three custom spice blends.
Real Tenochtitlan was forced to cover up the bare breasts in a painting hanging in the restaurant after a patron complained about "obsenity." Eater spoke to an employee, "Yes, it's art, but to some persons they are a kind of pornography and that's what they understand."
Ceres' Table, Au Cheval, and Opart Thai are among this year's Michelin Bib Gourmand winners. The newest Chicago edition of the Michelin Guide comes out next week.
Save the date for Jan. 24, when Chicagoist will be hosting
a star-studded soup kitchen in the "Ramova Room" at Benton House in Bridgeport.
The Andersonville pizza place gets a
Since 2011, 35 percent of Chicago's schools
have failed at least one health inspection -- due to improper food storage, rodent droppings in the food, and in one case, a live snake caught in a glue trap. [ via]
Chicago Chipotle shops will soon
add 5 Rabbit beers to their adult beverage offerings.
Ada Street and Facets are teaming up to present Chicago-based documentaries alongside a five-course dinner and drinks. There are two evenings to choose from -- Documentary Shorts by Tom Palazzolo on Nov. 5, and Maxwell Street Blues on Nov. 12.
"I have a problem with a craft beer like Goose Island being treated like a mass-produced brand," says a bar owner deep in Bloomberg Businessweek's
great profile of AB InBev and its spendthrift CEO.
Chicago's recent influx of
trendy doughnut shops reflect a profitable business with few hours and lots of dough.
New mothers often don't have time or are too tired to cook.
Moment for Mom is there to help with that.
The smaller, shorter
Taste of Chicago didn't turn a profit this year, and might not for quite some time.
Lou Malnati's deep dish was voted
the most life-changing pizza in America by readers of Esquire's Eat Like a Man blog. Gino's East came in at #5.
Yes, red-disgusting handed. Though
not a new issue, some schools in Illinois, California and New Mexico are banning Flamin' Hot Cheetos specifically and completely. The Tribune considers whether or not the snack is addictive.
Explore vintage menus from Chicago restaurants, clubs and railroads on New York Public Library's "
What's on the menu?" project and Cool Culinaria. [ via]
Streetwise has partnered with Neighbor Capital to start
Neighbor Carts- a social business that funds fruit carts, providing both job opportunities and access to healthy food. [ via]
custom distilled by Letherbee just for the Violet Hour. [ via]
Eataly is coming to Chicago, finally filling in the long shuttered ESPN Zone space on Ohio Avenue near Michigan. It's expected to open in September 2013.
Six breweries in the Chicago area were awarded medals at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival in Denver this past weekend. Details in Drive-Thru.
not news, but the noncompete clause that kept Logan Square's La Boulangerie from selling individual croissants so close to their neighbor New Wave Coffee is heating up an Everyblock thread today.
Chef Homaro Cantu's rumor mill is rumbling. There's the one about him
taking over Charlie Trotter's old restaurant space, which has a built in TV studio. Meanwhile, he posted on Facebook that he has another TV show in the works, titled "CookiNG Under Pressure" -- then deleted it. Perhaps his claim of signing a multi-season deal was a little premature?
Chef and artist Eric May takes Time Out on a tour of
unique South Side foods.
Chicago Mag names the city's
50 best sandwiches, with the BLT from Old Oak Tap topping the list.
Starting next year, municipal buildings in Chicago and San Antonio will be the first in the county to get
vending machines with calorie counters- as well as signage that will remind you to take the calorie counter seriously, eat healthy, and may even venture into previously unexplored areas of vending-machine induced guilt.
Home brewing supply shop
Brew Camp is temporarily closed by the city due to issues with licensing. They expect to reopen soon. UPDATE: The shop will reopen soon at a new Ravenswood location.
City Council passed an ordinance today that establishes
23 locations on the North Side where food trucks can legally park while selling their wares.
The Social Foodie got a
sneak peek at the new Chicago Diner location in Logan Square.
Is Au Cheval's cheeseburger the best in the country?
Bon Appetit thinks it might be. Chicagoist is less sure.
Online grocery service
Peapod will expand its virtual retail locations to nine CTA and eight Metra stations across Chicagoland. Customers can use a free app to select and pay for their items and schedule home deliveries.
CitySwarm is running an Oktoberfest Pub Crawl this Thursday, with three stops for big German beers. We've got a pair of tickets to give away!
Just email your name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Prost!" We'll draw one entry at random from those received by noon Tuesday, Oct. 2. Must be 21 or older to enter; one entry per person. UPDATE: We've got a winner! Congratulations to Dan W. There's a consolation prize for those who didn't win, though: enter the code GAPERS and get $10 off your ticket!
Craft Spirits Week begins tonight, and fills the week with events featuring independent distilleries from Chicagoland and nearby.
Work has stopped on a new Pete's Fresh Market
being built in the food desert area of East Garfield Park, after the developers allegedly received threats of violence if they didn't hand out jobs or pay a bribe. Of course, Pete's doesn't have a stellar record in worker relations themselves.
Michael Gebert talks with members of Chicago's restaurant media scene about whether restaurant reviews are
now happening too soon after a place opens. Part two here.
People, your bacon obsession has gotten out of hand. First you basically
killed the pork belly futures desk at the Merc, now it looks like there will be a worldwide shortage next year. When will the madness end?
At 6pm tonight, a man is going to attempt to
eat everything on the menu at BadHappy Poutine Shop. You're welcome to watch, and perhaps offer him one wafer-thin mint.
Rockit Ranch has
purchased Martini Ranch, and is asking for your help in re-concepting the River North bar. Do312's Jeremy Scheuch thinks it should be a Star Wars cantina.
Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno
acquiesced on his opposition to Chik-fil-A building a branch in Logan Square after the chain agreed to stop funding anti-gay organizations and issued a company mandate supporting equality regardless of sexual orientation.
TMZ reports that Graham Elliot settled a lawsuit filed by 14 former servers that claimed his eponymous restaurant engaged in illegal tip pooling. Eater has the court documents.
Adel Daoud, an 18-year-old kid from Hillside, was arrested Friday night after allegedly
trying to blow up a Loop bar with a car bomb. The FBI had been tracking him for months. The target was not released, but the owners of Cal's are pretty sure it was them.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan opened a tea house, called Madame Zuzu's, in Highland Park yesterday. The grand opening was celebrated with a special acoustic performance by Corgan himself.
Cafe Mustache, a favorite hangout of more than one GB staffer, now has a liquor license.
The Promontory, a new restaurant planned for an early 2013 opening at 53rd Street in Hyde Park is being built by Longman & Eagle owners Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden. No word yet on if there will be hotel rooms upstairs.
The Berghoff kicks off its annual Oktoberfest tomorrow at the Kluczynski Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn St. It runs 11am to 9pm Sept. 12-14.
Giordano's landed a big-time
investor and spokesperson this week: Derrick Rose. [ via]
The Reader profiles
underground chef Iliana Regan, now coming above ground with her new restaurant, Elizabeth.
on sale at noon Saturday for the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild's Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer at Bridgeport Art Center Nov. 17.
An avalanche of coverage followed the closing of
Charlie Trotter's, which happens tonight. Mark Caro published a masterful three-part tribute to the chef and his restaurant, and Phil Vettel had one last dinner. Janet Rausa Fuller did a quick piece for the Sun-Times. Grub Street went inside for the big 25th anniversary dinner last weekend. The Toqueland ran a two-part interview with Trotter. Time Out's David Tamarkin reflects back on his cover story five years ago, and Chicagoist delved into the dark side regarding a lawsuit over pay.
During a rare glimpse of the origins of the fabled Chicago grown liqueur, RedEye staff sample the beverage on camera.
They react exactly like anyone who has ever tried Malört for the first time.
Chicago Beer Geeks has a
write-up and pictures from Zoo Brew, the Craft Beer Festival held at Brookfield Zoo, which, despite the rain, was a great time. Their next event is the Fugly Chandelier Contest, tomorrow at Sheffield's.
Baconfest 2013 will happen on April 20, to satisfy your munchies.
Today is the fourth annual
Kronos Free Gyros Day! Fill out the coupon form, find the closest participating restaurant and collect your free gyros sandwich. (Consider putting a couple bucks in the Fisher House donation box while you're there.)
Stat of the Day: You are
never more than 1.5 miles from a hot dog stand within Chicago city limits. (Cincinnati is the most hot dog hungry American city, however.)
Ice cream truck owners are claiming the city forgot about them in the mobile food and the food truck ordinance, and that it's going to make their business more difficult.
The legendary and tasty
restaurant will be opening a second location in Uptown (in the space formerly occupied by Marigold) next month.
Object Design League have
the perfect butter dish for your most political friend.
Capitol Butter Dish from ODLCO on Vimeo.
A Chicago man is suing Heinz for patent infringement for allegedly
stealing his design for its Dip & Squeeze packets.
Koren Grieveson, the Beard Award-winning chef of
avec, is leaving the restaurant and moving to New York, apparently to get married. Grub Street's Mike Gebert puts it in perspective.
I stopped by the Illinois Wine pavilion at the Illinois State Fair last weekend and sampled some great local wines. One that blew me away, though, was
Sweet Desire Mead from Wild Blossom Meadery, based in Beverly at 100th and Western. Aged in bourbon barrels for a year, it comes in traditional or somewhat racier bottles.
Legendary restaurant Charlie Trotter's served its
final dinner last night. Grub Street's Huge Galdones offers a slideshow of the $2500-a-seat proceedings.
Is it a secret if an event is widely publicized and hundreds of people are expected to attend? Yes, if the event is
Dîner en Blanc and the exact location of the "chic picnic" to which everyone wears white is unknown. Get on the waiting list to be notified about where to show up on Aug. 24.
If, at some point in the past 50 or so years, you stood in line for a hot dog and fries at the
Parky's on Roosevelt Road, you know the unmatchable feeling of a real Chicago stand and the way that the best of them transcend the notion of a restaurant. Just when condemnation seemed inevitable for the building that housed the iconic spot, Chicago native Brendan O'Connor, a man with a dream and curious palate, set out to save it.
Thanks to his creative take on sausage, and the overall fast food experience, the Food Network show "
3 Days to Open With Bobby Flay," chose to help O'Connor and Big Guys Sausage Stand become a reality. Bobby Flay himself showed up at the small, narrow-roofed building at 7021 W. Roosevelt Road in Berwyn and worked with O'Connor and his team to turn passion into crowd-pleasing originality. Ultimately, they stayed true to O'Connor's vision of creating a classic atmosphere, with a nod to the Chicago "Super Fans," while taking a truly unique and modern approach to traditional menu items. So far, Big Guys has been well-received, living up to its promises of big flavor, competitive prices and the quick-but-satisfying turnaround perfected by the best Chicago hot dog stands for decades. Check out the food, the vision and the Bobby Flay touch Mon-Thru 11am-2am; Fri-Sat 11am-3am; Sun 11am-6pm.
Got a Kindle? You can
download a new book of collected Trib coverage of chef Grant Achatz for free.
The Chicago Honey Co-op's minivan, which was loaded with their booth gear and a couple of beekeeping smokers, was
stolen over the weekend from their Ukrainian Vilage workspace.
Is it just wishful thinking on Woodfield Mall's part, or is Kuma's Corner
opening a location in the Schaumburg mall?
Beavers Donuts has filed a lawsuit against the City of Evanston, challenging its existing rule that mobile food trucks must be owned by brick and mortar restaurants.
In yet another chapter of the
seemingly endless Bleeding Heart Bakery saga, questions have been raised about the bakery's recent garage-style liquidation sale. It seems that some of the items being sold may have belonged to the building's owner -- that is, a bank.
The Buffet is a food blog written by students at Northside College Prep. [ via]
Tickets for the musical
go on sale this morning. To celebrate, Kinky Boots Chi-Scream will be giving away free ice cream sandwiches throughout the city, starting at 10am at the Bank of America Theatre at 18 W. Monroe. Follow @BroadwayChicago on Twitter to get the scoop (ha ha) on the cart's whereabouts.
brought vegan food to Englewood's Payless Grocery as part of his foundation's pledge to feed 100 people every night of Ramadan, as they did last year.
Head over to the Daley Plaza farmers market between 11am and 1pm to witness the
Country Chef Challenge, an "Iron Chef" style cookoff pitting Spaggia's Sarah Grueneberg, Frog n Snail's Dale Levitski and Telegraph's Katie Wyer.
It's been a
cruel summer for food critic Steve Dolinsky. First Graham Elliot kicks him out of his restaurant, now Schwa unexpectedly closes for the night and cancels his reservation.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who
declared today "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" to show support for the restaurant's political and religious positions, has been posting pictures of lines forming outside of Chick-fil-As all over the country on his Facebook page; however, he mistook the suburban Wheaton branch for the Chicago one. Big difference there in clientele, pal.
Chik-Fil-A Appreciation Day (also Chik-Fil-Gay Appreciation Day), and the Chicago Republican Party is celebrating by holding a press conference at City Hall announcing the filing of civil rights complaints over Ald. Moreno and Mayor Emanuel's comments about the chain's opposition gay marriage. (On that note, read Ramsin Canon's thoughts on the matter.)
Restaurateur Michael Kornick
talked about his life in the restaurant industry and the growth of the city's culinary scene in general at the Interview Show last month. [ via]
Grub Street reports that Bleeding Heart Bakery has placed a Craigslist ad liquidating its Belmont store this weekend, likely spelling the end of the controversial bakery empire. (Food Network chef coats and other items are up on eBay.) The anonymous anti-BHB blog claims eviction notices have been received for both the bakery's current locations. Meanwhile, the former BHB West Town location reopens as the West Town Bakery & Diner this weekend. UPDATE: BHB posted on Facebook on Friday that they are closing August 5.
Time Out's annual "cheap eats" issue this week is all about tacos --
where they're from, who makes the best , and where to al pastor go on a taco crawl. Meanwhile, Grub Street Chicago has 25 recommendations of its own.
According to Eater, a "No Soup For You" Food Truck will be in Chicago on Friday, July 27. No word yet on planned stops or a route for the truck, which will feature "free iconic Seinfeld" treats and The Soup Nazi himself, Larry Thomas, so check this Facebook page for updates (and be careful when asking for bread).
The food truck ordinance was passed by City Council today, just after the lunch hour. In Drive-Thru, Robyn Nisi explains why this might spell the end of the fledgling food truck industry.
First Ward Alderman Joe Moreno and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are joining the outcry against Chick-fil-A.
Think you've got a killer cocktail recipe? Enter it in
Public Hotel Chicago's contest and it could earn you $1,000.
Apparently Tony Bourdain's
tweet about canceling his shoot for " The Layover" at Budacki's was just a trick to get rid of the fans who would have crowded the place on the promise of a $1 hot dog and a glimpse of a celebrity chef. He ended up there on Saturday after all.
One way to celebrate would be to participate in
#Foodiechats today -- either online or in person at the Vienna Beef Factory Store this evening. Details in Slowdown.
Chicago magazine offers a
tour of Chicago-style barbecue joints. I can't help but notice that it's significantly different from Sky Full of Bacon's list.
Here's Michael Gebert's Beard-nominated documentary of the history of Chicago-style barbecue:
Keep your eye out for
Letherbee Gin, a new locally distilled gin from the bartender and former general manager at Lula Cafe.
The French Pastry School is hosting
an ice cream social at the Clybourn Treasure Island tonight from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The only hitch is, it's all raisin ice cream.
The food truck ordinance
passed out of committee yesterday and will soon be voted on by the full City Council.
The Trib's Kevin Pang has created one-, two- and three-day
dining itineraries for visitors wanting to eat their way through the city. You will no doubt disagree.
Louisa Chu and Food Truck Freak are live-tweeting today's City Council discussion about mobile food truck ordinances. UPDATE: the Ordinance, which places a lot of very unrealistic expectations on food trucks (fines for parking within 200 feet--or for more than two hours--in front of a restaurant, and requiring GPS monitoring) passed, and will go for full vote in front of City Council next week.
Bob Chinn's Crab House in Wheeling as the highest grossing restaurant in the US. It earns $24 million a year in food alone.
The Taco Bell at Clybourn and Wrightwood has
4.5 stars on Yelp, thanks to apparently the best customer service you'll ever find in a fast food joint.
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Anthony Bourdain is in town filming an episode of "
The Layover" for Travel Channel. He'll be at Budacki's in Ravenswood on Saturday from 1 to 3pm. Be there and enjoy $1 hot dogs in celebration, and keep an eye out for him elsewhere around town. [ via] UPDATE: Or maybe not. Bourdain tweeted this morning, "How NOT to get your place on TV: #cancelthatshoot!"
Uber launched on-demand ice cream trucks today only. From noon to 6pm on Friday, downtowners* can make a truck request, and it'll show up with ice cream sandwiches, cookie sandwiches, push-ups and bomb pops -- as well as free swag. $12 will get you five cold treats.
*Sadly, the ice cream trucks will be serving the Loop, River North, West Loop, Gold Coast only.
You'll be able to try
free samples of Asian carp at the Taste of Chicago. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will serve carp sliders at a booth near the Congress Parkway entrance on a first come, first served basis.
Pete Anderson came across
a 1922 poem dedicated to restaurateur Billy Boyle, the proprietor of a famed " Chophouse in the Alley" on Calhoun Place.
Actually, there's no discount at all on this
Groupon for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Just $9 worth of helping others.
Just in time for Independence Day, the White Sox have introduced
the Giant Slugger, a two-foot-long hot dog. It'll set you back $26; antacids sold separately.
Frustrated by the lack of restaurant kitchen-optimized disposable storage containers,
The Southern's Chef Cary Taylor designed and produced ModPans, which are based on industry standard modular metal containers.
Trotter's To Go, the take-out sister restaurant to Charlie Trotter's,
has closed. Trotter's itself will close later this summer. (Incidentally, charlietrotters.com is no more as well.)
Sky Full of Bacon is
back on the farm, this time visiting with Wisconsin farmer, dairy nutritionist and author Gary Zimmer.
Sky Full of Bacon 19: Soil, Corn, Cows, and Cheese from Michael Gebert on Vimeo.
If your last name's Miller, get ready for
some free beer.
Food critic Steve Dolinsky was spotted today at the newly opened
g.e.b. taking pictures of his lunch. Word got to owner Graham Eliott Bowles, who ordered his staff to immediately stop serving Dolinsky. Eliott had his reasons; it was because Dolinsky had dissed Eliott's mentor Charlie Trotter over Twitter last fall. Dolinsky is baffled.
Michael Nagrant surveys
the fancy doughnut scene.
Last year we mentioned a high end beer pong table created by two DePaul alum; they've rebranded the table the Chippewa Five, and have managed to place the table locally, as well in the offices of big tech companies like Facebook and Mozilla.
Speaking of the Trib's business practices, its keyword based Google ads generated this recent gem
in an article about potentially questionable chemical additives in foreign Coca-Cola formulations.
If you miss the authentic Italian pastries from Pasticceria Natalina, you're in luck: Nicolas and Natalie Zarzour are turning the
shuttered bakery's website into a cookbook.
Want to open a restaurant? The City has made it a little easier with the
Restaurant Start-Up Program.
Sarah's Pastries and Candy is closing both its Oak Street and Macy's locations at the end of July. [ via]
Attendees of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials will be eating their meals today with limited cutlery as they listen to President Obama give a speech; Secret Service mandated the removal of forks as a security precaution, but as NY Mag points out, POTUS has been around
plenty of forkful situations for a while.
Sable is the first stop on GQ's cross-country Great American Bar Crawl.
Though a Taste of Chicago staple since their introduction in 1981, Tim McGivern, the man behind the barbecued turkey leg,
will be taking the year off due to surgery.
The Fine Arts Building's
Artist's Café is opening a second location just north of Roosevelt and Wabash. The new restaurant will have a replica of their famous sign and a slightly different menu to cater to "the kids."
just opened a pay-what-you-can cafe in Chicago -- their fourth, but the city's first. They're in good company.
registration of a bunch of area codes to possibly create Goose Island 312 clones in other cities, Anheuser-Busch has filed for trademarks on 42 airport codes, including ORD and MDW. [ via]
custom sodas are a trend.
Jen Bacher experiments with sausage-making in
Drive-Thru's newest feature, and the results are Too Blue--but very successful.
Are you a "real man"? Do you cook? Sign up for
Real Men Cook this Father's Day -- or just head down and eat what the dads are cooking.
Will Allen, MacArthur "genius grant" recipient and CEO of
Growing Power urban farming nonprofit that's active in Chicago, was on "The Colbert Report" Tuesday night to talk about the organization and his new book, . [ The Good Food Revolution via]
The crew from Serious Eats Chicago invaded Hot Doug's on Saturday and
ate everything on the menu. Everything.
FoGB Phineas X. Jones has created
a poster that will soon hang in half the hot dog stands in town -- unless you buy them all first.
© Phineas X. Jones
Claire Zulkey has a great neighbor, and
it's a bar.
So wait, the Downtown Farmstand is
closing, but it's being replaced by an indoor farmers market? That's not so bad after all.
Rick Bayless is now
a member of the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor in Mexico awarded to foreigners, for "his important work in the promotion and dissemination of cultural expressions of our country." [ via]
Even though the term "
food desert" has been the subject of some debate lately, the City Council's decision to allow mobile produce trucks has got to be good for folks who don't have easy access to grocery stores -- or who just want a really, really ripe peach.
Phil Vettel at the Tribune does a
round-up of Chicago's blossoming doughnut scene, looking at a few of the new craft pastry operations -- Do-Rite, Doughnut Vault, and Glazed and Infused.
farmers markets begin their season, the Downtown Farmstand, overseen by the Department of Cultural Affairs, is shutting down at the end of June.
The sixth annual
Chicago Festiv-Ale, a beer bash benefiting the Chicago chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, isn't until September, but tickets went on sale at noon today and they won't last long.
Felony Franks, the West Side hot dog stand employing ex-cons that battled for years to get approval for its sign, closed for good Wednesday.
Tonight and tomorrow, there's a
Wine Riot at Union Station. Get your tickets.
Lakeview's La Creperie continues
their 40th birthday celebration with 1972-era prices (as expensive as $3.50! C'est cher!) on their menu today from 11:30am-6pm.
Chicago Gourmet, Sept. 28-29, went on sale today, and they're already selling out. Get yours fast!
If you miss
Violet Hour cocktails such as the Blinker or Part & Parcel, you can get them again at NoMI Kitchen -- for a couple dollars more.
The tap room at Revolution Brewing's new
Kedzie Avenue brewery officially opens today at 2pm.
While passing through town, ChicagoNow challenged Kobayashi to an
Al's Beef eat-off against several of their bloggers. I'd tell you who managed to eat five sandwiches in the time it took the rest to eat one, but I don't want to spoil the ending. [ via]
this Tuesday, anyway -- as in tonight. Nisei Lounge hosts the first-ever Malort Night, featuring malort cocktails, history and contests. You'll hate yourself if you miss it -- and your tongue will hate you if you don't.
Ribfest will be holding an amateur rib-eating competition next Thursday night at Black Rock Pub and Kitchen [ PDF]. The winner advances to RibMania the next night to compete against the big guns of competitive eating. Have you got what it takes?
Smoque made LocalEats.com's list of the
top 20 barbecue restaurants in America; Lem's and Uncle John's got honorable mentions.
Eater shares recommendations on where to eat at
O'Hare and Midway.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the "OMG stay away from downtown!" hysteria during the NATO Summit
hurt downtown restaurants -- as well as some far from the action.
The Chicago version was recently released, and it's pretty much what it sounds like -- an (iPhone only, as of now)
app that allows you to hunt down BYOB-friendly joints by cuisine or neighborhood. [ via]
So you're as excited to be able to officially stick your winter coat in the coat-closet as the next guy but you want to do something different this summer, for pete's sake? Well, for a reasonable fee, you and your sun-loving, beer-fan friends can take to the streets and pedal your way around
with -- that's right, not to -- the pub. Chicago Pedal Pub has made this summer dream a reality! Helmets not required.
Glazed and Infused, the new doughnut shop we previewed in Drive-Thru back in March, opens Monday.
Today is your last chance to get early bird pricing on tickets to the
Slow Food Pig Roast at Goose Island Clybourne on June 10.
Chicago Craft Beer Week kicks off today, with several events starting at 11am, and runs through the 27th. (Wait, isn't that more than a week? Well, it's hard to do math while drunk.)
McCormick Place's Director of Culinary Services
dishes on the logistics of preparing food for approximately 20,000 NATO summiters.
Logan Square Kitchen, which fought many battles in getting kosher with city regulations, is closing at the end of June.
Even if you've burned out on Maruchan, it's worth giving the real thing a chance -- Chicagoist has put together a list of their
top 5 Chicago ramen destinations.
Alinea has a new dish, called "Lamb 86," that involves 86 ingredients in tiny portions. A new video gives a peek at how the cooks assemble it; it almost comes off as a parody of fussy modern cuisine. [ via]
On May 20th in celebration of
Chicago Craft Beer Week Goose Island and their merry band of Illinois Craft Brewers will conjure up a 9 hole minigolf course inside their Fulton's Barrel Warehouse. More info on how to enter a drawing to buy tickets to this zen event are on the Chicago Craft Beer Week website.
Two promising events hosted by the Chicago Beer Society:
Big Brew Day on May 12 -- a day of brewing and BBQing, and the Blues & Brews Cruise on July 7, an evening of craft beer and live music off Navy Pier.
Robyn Nisi and Laura Sant check out
deep dish in San Francisco and hot dogs in New York in Drive-Thru.
The Snackpot, a locally produced foodblog about snacks, launched today. Celebrate with them at Schubas on Thursday.
The A.V. Club ditches fancy dough and trendy toppings for old-fashioned, looking at
Chicago's handful of 50-plus-year-old pizzerias.
The good news: tomorrow's
Free Cone Day -- just walk into a Haagen-Dazs shop between 4 and 8pm, and get a free ice cream cone. The bad news: the only participating city location is at O'Hare.
The City Council's
set to vote on a new ordinance that would collapse the separate "dog-friendly restaurant" license into the regular retail food license.
Saveur's Recipe Comix has been loving on Chicago artists lately.
Chris Eliopoulos stayed Midwestern with a recipe for fried smelts; Sarah Becan went continental with les galettes completes.
Willy Chyr's work is featured on the latest edition of Beck's Beer art bottle series, which is being sold in the US for the first time starting May 7.
Despite the ordinance to let food trucks cook on board still being stalled in City Council (looking at you, Ald. Tunney), Chicago has 50-some trucks on the streets. Time Out Chicago has created
a convenient guide to them all.
Three Floyds would like to see the
aftermarket for bottles of Dark Lord disappear, and is making a plea for people to stop buying.
The Bleeding Heart Bakery, most recently open in
West Town, is gearing up to welcome customers into their Lakeview spot, just down the street from the original Roscoe Village location. To celebrate, they're offering a deal on membership for a limited time. For $100, members get a handful of perks, including a discount on a monthly "Box of Curiosities" designed by Michelle and filled with handmade sweets and savories. Supporting local, sustainable practices never tasted so good.
Serious Eats Chicago
compares the two side-by-side on every menu item they share, and comes away with a clear winner.
Two local beer fans are working with Argus Brewery to
resurrect the once-beloved Chicago craft Pilsener discontinued in 1997.
In advance of (sadly sold out)
Dark Lord Day this Saturday, the Tribune has a great profile of Three Floyds Brewery, including a hint that a Chicago brewpub might be in the works.
Toodalu is a new service that gets you a discount at local restaurants, bars and a few shops -- with the added twist that every purchase also earns money for the charity of your choice.
Food & Wine named the
Doughnut Vault one of the best doughnut shops in the country. Now everyone's going to want them.
Graham Elliot's iPod and Grant Achatz's plans for a live cellist at Alinea earn mention in a NYTimes story about
music in the restaurant. Garin Pirnia explored the topic for us in Drive-Thru awhile back.
West Town Tavern is turning 10 and to celebrate, they're offering $10 glasses of Turley wines every Tuesday in April and May. The celebration includes Monday nights too, with $10 glasses of Grand Cuvée champagne. Stop in and pair your spirits with some delicious food from Drew and Susan, fixtures in the Chicago culinary and nonprofit worlds. Eat, drink and feel good about it!
Another year, another controversy strikes the Logan Square Farmers Market: there's a proposal to
move the market from its current location, much to the surprise of the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, who runs the market.
Time Out Chicago announced its
Eat Out Award winners this week.
ramp, the wild onion that may have given Chicago its name, is being wiped out by demand from foodies.
In response to Complex Magazine's
"25 Douchiest Bars in Chicago" list, Chicagoist has countered with a list of 26 non-douchey bars.
Chicagoist assesses the situation
one year after Goose Island was bought by Anheuser-Busch InBev.
Rocky Wirtz is no doubt happy that his Blackhawks are
in the playoffs, but Crain's reports that he's really excited about the state-of-the-art distribution center he's building for Wirtz Beverage Illinois.
Soup Next Door is a startup that handles ticketing for "unique food experiences" hosted by anyone from underground restaurants to budding chefs. There are only a couple listings for Chicago at the moment, but expect more soon.
Chicago magazine released its
2012 Best Restaurants list yesterday -- and LTH Forum added 19 more spots to its compendium of Great Neighborhood Restaurants.
Here's a convenient googlemap of all of LTH Forum's GNRs:
View LTHForum.com Great Neighborhood Restaurants in a larger map
Chicago magazine's Jeff Ruby: "In the Mount Rushmore of Chicago, his face would probably be up there: Michael Jordan, Al Capone,
Charlie Trotter, Mayor Daley -- and they'd all be scowling."
Food truck fans may have trouble finding their favorite snacks, thanks to an
apparent police crackdown.
Chicago-born owner of
Lagunitas brewery, Tony Magee, is opening up a second 250 barrel brewhouse here in his hometown. Production will be in full swing in late 2013.
Editor Andrew Huff pulled together more info
[ View the story "Lagunitas to open Chicago brewhouse" on Storify]
Eater knows that the best way to learn the history of a place is to talk with the regulars. The new series
leads off with Hopleaf.
The A.V. Club looks at the classic establishment's past, and tries to figure out
where it fits into the present.
Alinea is the best restaurant in the world,
according to Elite Travel magazine -- which is distributed primarily on private jets, so I guess they would know. [ via]
Glazed and Infused, a new craft doughnut upstart, is about to open up shop near several CTA locations across the city, selling everything from old-fashioned staples to maple-bacon long johns. We have a preview in Drive-Thru.
At the end of
this very technical post, Twitter data scientist Edwin Chen uses his tools and techniques to dig into the menu at McDonalds.
Zagat released a
30 Under 30 list of Chicago food and wine scene.
McDonald's is facing
two lawsuits over hot coffee spills, including a case involving a 4-year-old Chicagoland girl who received second-degree burns on her chest.
They may be called Julius Meinl North America, but
they're just a three neighborhood coffeeshops, a smaller chain than Intelligentsia.
Trouble seems to be brewing between Bleeding Heart Bakery founders Michelle and Vinnie Garcia and their partners, Fifty/50 and Roots owners Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner. The Garcias want out of the relationship, saying it's killed the stores they own independently. Someone started a "Save Our Bakery" Facebook page, which then got taken down. Meanwhile, former BHB employees are dishing dirt on an anonymous blog.
Tomorrow, March 21,
M Burger turns 2, and to celebrate, it's giving away burgers -- any of its burgers -- with a purchase. Any purchase. Be ready for a line, and be aware that the secret milkshake flavors are the Grasshopper (mint, espresso, chocolate and cookies) and the Minty Leprechaun (mint, with crushed Andes mints on top.)
Reality show network TruTV is airing
a show about The Weiner's Circle, giving its notorious bad behavior (on both sides of the counter) more attention than it probably deserves. It debuts tonight at 9pm. Do312 and Chicagoist are teaming up for another viewing party at Liar's Club tonight; RSVP here.
While Serious Eats Chicago was putting together
a guide to Chicago-style hot dog variants, the Village Voice was wondering why it's so hard to get one done right in New York.
If you don't have a ticket to WhiskyFest this Friday, there are still plenty of
whiskey events you can attend all this week -- including nightly tastings at Delilah's and other bars and our own screening of at Mayne Stage on Thursday. Capone's Whiskey
In step with the weekend's holiday, the Reader provides
a guide to neighborhood bars, from gastropubs to 4am joints.
Guy Fieri from the Food Network was spotted filming at
Hopleaf earlier today--be on the lookout.
You can celebrate the wonders of 3.14159 with special offers on pie thanks to the efforts of the
Illinois Science Council and a bunch of local bakeries and restaurants.
In what can only result in days of "No Soup for You" headlines,
The State of Illinois is a vote away from banning all shark fin trade in the state. Between 26 and 73 million sharks are killed annually, and while most are consumed overseas, Illinois is one the the country's largest consumers.
The Ramova Grill is closing April 14, as its owners retire. You'll have only until then to enjoy one of the last old-school lunch counters -- and some of the best chili -- in the city.
Michael Altenberg, chef and owner of Bistro Campagne,
passed away unexpectedly over the weekend. Altenberg is credited with pioneering the farm-to-table movement in Chicago; he was 48 years old. A memorial is scheduled for Wednesday; details have not yet been announced.
first cupcake vending machine debuted at the original Sprinkles location in Beverly Hills, providing 24-hour access to, well, cupcakes. There should be one at the Chicago location by summer.
Help one of Chicago's most beloved bar owners: Susan Stursberg of
Gold Star Bar (1735 W. Division) was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A GiveForward campaign has been launched on her behalf to help with medical bills.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation is going out to eat -- to examine how architecture and interior design influence our dining experience at restaurants with its new Appetite for Design series. Learn more in Drive-Thru.
For those stumped by Half Acre's
Cipher beer riddle from a few weeks back, they've posted the solution and winners on their blog.
GrubHub turns eight today, and in honor of the anniversary it's rounding every order to the next dollar* and donating whatever the difference is to Feeding America until midnight tonight.
* So, for example, if your order comes to $15.49, that's still what you pay, but GrubHub will donate 51 cents to Feeding America.
Lots of Chicagoans in
Food & Wine's "Best New Chef: Great Lakes" nominations. Vote for your favorite.
Three Floyds topped RateBeer's list of the
Best Brewers in the World this year, with Founders and Bells taking second and third. Goose Island came in 35th and Half Acre was 66th.
FoodGenero.us is a quick rating site from the folks behind Food Genius; like or dislike dishes and your votes add up to donated meals to Feeding America.
It's time once again to figure out from whom to get your weekly box of veggies (or maybe meat!). Luckily, The Local Beet published its
2012 CSA Guide this week.
Spiaggia's Sarah Gruenberg placed second in tonight's season finale of
Top Chef. Boo.
Superdawg has a few fans willing to take their love of the Northwest side hot dog stand to a tattooed extreme.
Find out tonight if
Sarah Grueneberg of Spiaggia becomes the next Top Chef to hail from Chicago. Spiaggia will be holding a viewing party; we'll recap it tomorrow over in Drive-Thru.
While Chicago lags behind many cities in the amount of local brews available to its drinking public, a growing thirst for craft beverages is attracting
quite a few new breweries to the area.
Check out this
roundup of Chicago's oldest restaurants, still operating today. Included on the list are The Berghoff (1898), Daley's Restaurant (1892), and the oldest of them all: Schaller's Pump (1881).
If you're a fan of coffee, this
guide to your options in Chicago is pretty comprehensive.
RedEye thinks so, but Baconfest (whose April 14 homage to pork quickly sold out)
begs to differ.
Know that fishbowl of change you have? Forget going to Jewel to turn it in for a Starbucks card, put it to good use at the
The Lodge's 55th anniversary celebration, where from 9pm to 4am all drinks are 55 cents! Check out Slowdown for details.
Next Restaurant held a fundraiser for the University of Chicago Cancer Center by asking people to
bid on tables for two for the elBulli menu at the restaurant. The tables sold out in four days and raised $339,000.
Humboldt Park activists are protesting outside of Tipsy Cake's Humboldt Park location today in response to owner Naomi Levine's comments about the neighborhood in a video interview with City Soles TV. (UPDATE: Owner Naomi Levine has issued an apology.)
Levine said she opened a Bucktown store because "there were just too many gunshots in the cakes" at the Humboldt bakery, and named a pastry the "Humboldt crack bar" because police officers would knock on the bakery door late at night asking for "crack."
In addition to the protestors,
Yelpers have been heaping scorn on Levine for her comments, leaving dozens of one-star reviews on the bakery's listing.
Restaurants have been lukewarm on this year's smaller Taste of Chicago; the City has had to
extend the signup deadline.
Crain's reports that Ferrara Pan is
in talks to be purchased by Farley's & Sathers Candy Co., with Salvatore Ferrara II becoming the CEO of the merged company. Ferrara's father and company chairman, Nello Ferrara, passed away earlier this month.
Chicago, and not for its rich foodie culture. Between laying claim to the world's largest food festival and the creation of Baconfest, Chicago seized the title over the seven other US cities with a higher rate of obesity.
Chicago Magazine has
written up Rick Bayless' new, um, project- a musical theater/dinner service/circus at the Lookingglass Theater running March 21 to April 22. Tickets start at $200 and include beverages, a three course meal and the chance to watch the host of Mexico: One Plate at a Time woo a long-lost love in a 1940's boarding house.
Time Out focuses on "
secret Chicago" this week, sharing hidden spots in Edgewater, Bridgeport, Chinatown and Logan Square, among others. Meanwhile, voting is open for Time Out's 2012 Eat Out Awards.
While the city
freaks out for paczki today, Brandy Gonsoulin, Drive-Thru's resident Cajun, shows you how to make another Mardi Gras traditional food: gumbo.
Tickets are on sale now for the
Good Food Festival & Conference in Chicago March 15-17. Unless you run a food-related business, you're probably going to be most interested in the activities on the 17th.
Artizone is sort of a Peapod delivery service for gourmet foods. [ via]
Baconfest 2012 tickets go on sale Monday at noon. The event is April 14 at the UIC Forum.
Alan Richman ranks Ruxbin and Next among his
10 best restaurants in America in GQ.
Goose Island's popular 312 Urban Wheat Ale will
debut in cans March 12. (Get it? 3/12.)
Constructive Chaos, a culinary and arts learning center for kids ages 5-18, is scheduled to open next month in River Forest.
Chicago tea boutique
Talbott Teas will be on " Shark Tank" this Friday.
Emporium Arcade Bar, opening this spring in Wicker Park, will bring alcohol and video games together in perfect harmony. [ via]
Domu has assembled
a list of Chicago's oldest restaurants still in business, with Bridgeport's Schaller's Pump (opened 1881) getting top billing.
Want to see a
rundown of Restaurant Week menus? The annual event of prix-fixe menus at selected local restaurants starts this Friday and ends February 26.
Convenience stores are on the front line of the battle to end food deserts, little by little.
Former Whistler mixologist Paul McGee will be taking his talents south of Logan Square to
open a tiki bar called Bub City in River North.
Ron English reimagines Tony the Tiger, the Kellogg's mascot created by Leo Burnett, as an obese over-indulger in his own sugary cereal. The vinyl figure is available at Rotofugi.
third issue of SOILED zine is out, with the theme "Platescrapers" and articles about food and "comestible politics."
Voting is open in Food & Wine's
The People's Best New Pastry Chef poll. Eater has a cheat sheet listing the local nominees.
The Food Network made
a chocolate map of the country, and northwest suburban Long Grove Confectionery represents for Illinois.
the fascinating story of Big League Chew, which until 2010 was made by Naperville-based Amurol, a division of Wrigley. [ via]
The crew over at Numero Group take on
a giant Snickers bar straight from Mars--the company, that is.
Chicago's brewing scene has been taking off -- and now it's not just beer. South Korea's
Baesangmyun Brewery is opening a brewery for makgeolli, a milky colored rice wine, here in Chicago.
what you would have eaten if you flew first class on United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Chicago in 1966. More airline menus in Northwestern University Library's transportation collection.
Asado Coffee, which I noted in Drive-Thru was undergoing a remodel, takes the paper off the windows and throws open the door this Saturday.
Kevin Pang profiles Paul Kahan, probably the city's most beloved reluctant celebrity chef. His latest venture, Publican Quality Meats, soft opens Monday.
Dates for this year's
North Center Ribfest have been announced. Can't wait till June? Allow me to remind you the Gapers Block's first annual BBQ Bowl is this Saturday at Club Lucky. Tickets here!
McDonald's Shamrock Shake is already available at certain locations. Amazingly, there's a
site that tracks sightings.
Chicagoist pulls together a few of the city's
best options for real Southern food.
Grub Street reports that
Sweets and Savories has closed, along with its sister restaurant Bluette. In more positive news, Time Out coincidentally rounds up a few sweet and savory brunch options in this week's issue.
Serious Eats Chicago
adds a few more interesting gluten-free options in the city.
At least one food cart in London has
absolutely no idea what's on a Chicago-style hot dog. Warning: the evidence will shock you. [ via]
Half of the nation's most expensive restaurants are
Grid Chicago got
a sneak peek inside of coffee/bike shop Heritage Bicycles, opening on Jan. 28.
Baby, it's cold outside -- might as well warm up with a drink. Chicago magazine's February issue contains a
drinker's guide to Chicago.
If the headline didn't mean anything to you, neither will this: Left Hand Brewery is rolling out their most popular beer in
nitrogen-charged bottles that will hit Chicago next week. Milk Stout nitro will be the first of its kind produced by an American craft brewery and aims to give the beer a mouthfeel closer to that of a draft pour. See link for details on tastings and launch parties.
Zagat Smartbox is an " experiential gift card" that gets you a three-course dinner for two at one of 46 area restaurants for $99 -- which, depending on where you dine, might not be such a great deal after all.
Tickets for the Chicago Beer Festival happening March 31st at Union Station have gone on sale. The first batch of breweries in attendance are Hamburger Mary's, 5 Rabbit, Argus, Three Floyds, Half Acre, Lagunitas, Duvel St. Fullien, Crispin, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Sea Dog, Shipyard and, Pyramid.
Twinkies, which were
invented in Chicago, face an unsure future as Hostess Brands enters bankruptcy. A former executive with Continental Baking Co., the original Twinkie maker, shares why the iconic treat was better back in the day.
this week's Time Out is for you. (On the other end of the spectrum, Julia Kramer talks with Grant Achatz about Next's tribute to elBulli, which will cost $473 per person all told.)
This past Saturday at
Edzo's Burger Shop a group of people tested the rule that you should only reserve a table after you've ordered. For the outcome of that experiment, please see Ed's version of what happened, corroborated by Grub Street Chicago. And of course, this led to the inevitable one-star Yelp review.
...could win you a historic bar tour of the city for you and your friends! Chicago Detours has
Potato chip maker
CJ Vitner Co. has been purchased by California's Snak King, leaving Chicago without a locally owned chip company. Jay's was sold to Snyder's of Hanover in 2007.
If you're so drunk you
fall asleep in the drive-thru at the Rock 'n' Roll McDonald's, a Big Mac isn't going to help you.
A new trend in restaurant delivery:
scrutinizing mobile phone orders. The CPD recently warned restaurants to avoid mobile phone orders after a string of delivery robberies in Chinatown and Hyde Park.
Charlie Trotter's will be
closing in August. The legendary chef plans to travel, earn a master's degree, and open another restaurant in the future.
Revolution Brewing has a
virtual tour of their new facility available online. It's a bit on the CAD side, but a great feel for their new space.
men are going grocery shopping. As a man who has always gone grocery shopping, it surprises me that this is news. [ via]
From pink peppercorn and thyme soda to lemon and bitters with house-made tonic syrup, Chicago Magazine rounds up
some local designated-driver specialties.
Taste of Chicago will be
a five-day festival focused solely on food in 2012 -- and will be held July 11-15, instead of late June to early July.
Though a few days late for your holiday shopping pit-stops, Chicago Serious Eats put together a culinary survival guide for the
Magnificent Mile and State Street shopping districts, as some of the best places to eat are "underground, way above ground, or slightly hidden behind storefronts."
The Daily Meal named Grant Achatz its
chef of the year.
If you liked
our coverage earlier this year about the in-progress documentary about Wisconsin supper clubs, perhaps you can kick in a few dollars to help get the project finished.
Here's a great last-minute holiday gift: a
bacon-patterned neckwarmer, courtesy of writer/farmer/crafter Vera Videnovich.
If the gift you were really hoping for this year was learning to brew your own beer, you may be grateful that
New Chicago Beer Company is promoting home-brew culture in Chicago. Thanks to them we know about Homebrewers Pride of the Southside and CHAOS (Chicago Homebrew Alchemists Of Sud). There is also the Chicago Beer Society, which has a wider focus. If you live in the burbs, there are nearby options for you as well.
It turns out those sandwiches found in vending machines
are just as disgusting as you thought they might be.
Project: Living Well is a startup crowdsourcing funds to produce a water bottle in a shape familiar in Latin America: the Calabash.
Laura Park is back in Saveur's Recipe Comix, this time with a
tasty-looking apple dessert.
Right about now you're going to wish you were one of Vessel's clients.
In time for holiday libations, the spirits of Southwest Michigan upstart
Journeyman Distillery have found a retail home in Chicago. Their Bilberry Black Hearts Gin and W.R. White Whiskey is available at City Provisions, Perman Wine, The Noble Grape, and In Fine Spirits, who will be hosting a tasting tonight from 6 to 8.
'Tis the season to make things merry by mixing up these
holiday cocktails. (There's also our own series in Drive-Thru.)
Stephen Sowley, who mans the door at Bucktown bar
Danny's, breaks down the unpleasantness of his job.
More a roundup of culinary options: here's
The Local Beet's gift guide, some book suggestions from Grub Street, and Time Out's food and drink gift ideas.
Still making New Year's Eve plans? Check the
Chicago Reader's extensive guide to the best eating, drinking, and concert-going the big night has to offer.
Time Out and Metromix also have guides, of course, and don't forget Transmission's own NYE concert guide.
"Punk rock pastry" purveyor
Bleeding Heart Bakery recently announced that the Roscoe Village location is moving down Belmont to a new spot beside Schubas, but they can't quite take everything with them. Bid high on eBay and you can be the owner of the shop's 16-foot neon sign (local pickup only).
Happy lunch time. A
local graphic designer is eating his way through "A Game of Thrones."
Looking for culinary gift?
Ms. Mint's Holiday Bazaar has you covered, today and tomorrow, with a couple dozen food and beverage related artisans all in one place.
Citing, among other things, an "inability to operationally meet the seasonal needs of our customers,"
Rolf's Patisserie is closed. Effective immediately. (Maybe it's because, thanks to last year's food poisoning outbreak, the at-a-glance Google details are, um, less than appetizing.)
Hilarious blogger and GB staffer Jasmine Davila came up with
names for restaurants she'd like to open. Table for one, please...
The rascals at
Half Acre Brewing have announced the details for their December 18th release of their yearly Dark Matter coffee enriched imperial stout Big Hugs.
On Dec. 18 the Half Acre brewery located at 4257 N. Lincoln will be open from 11am until 6pm. Big Hugs will be sold at $12 per 22oz bottle or $21 for a half gallon growler fill. Half Acre would like you to know that if you come dressed as a cat you will get a prize.
If your torso can't wait for liquid hugs until the 18th, there will be a Big Hugs release party on the 16th at
The Blind Robin at 853 N. Western.
À la Card Chicago is 52 gifts in one -- each a $10 discount at a local restaurant.
Time Out Chicago's annual
100 Best Things We Ate & Drank issue is out, and this year it comes with a Foursquare badge ( more).
Longtime Andersonville tavern,
Simon's, had a theft from its basement over the weekend of an antique cash register that's as old as the bar itself (nearly 77 years). If you have any leads, they'd be very interested to recover it. [Update: Simon's has additional information describing the register, should you see it at your local pawn shop or flea market.]
First Slice is a unique organization that combines charitable giving with a delicious way to save time on grocery shopping and cooking. For $33 a week for an individual, or $75 a week for a family, you can purchase three home-cooked meals. All you have to do is reheat and presto -- delicious, nutritious, locally sourced dinners for you and yours. That includes side dishes, entrees, and their legendary pie for dessert. Profits are used to serve the same amazing high-quality meals to the hungry, so you'll feel doubly good.
The only time you'll get something with "
Hot Doug's" on it, without waiting in the occasionally epic line outside the encased meats emporium, is when you buy one of these cute Hot Doug's shirts or hoodies online. There are no better words than "no line," my friend.
Jay-Z and Beyonce were
spotted at Andersonville's Vincent last night having a drink while waiting for their table at Great Lake.
Escape to a
World of Chocolate tonight; the event benefits the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and will serve you right.
College Inn chicken broth has
its history in the Sherman House Hotel, which once stood on the block now occupied by the Thompson Center.
Serious Eats Chicago made a map of all the
hot dog stands with natural casing dogs they could find.
The A.V. Club interviews a Chicagoan who
camped out for 24 hours ahead of a Merrillville, IN Chick-Fil-A grand opening in order to get a years' worth of chicken nuggets.
Already known for their salted bourbon caramels, bacon bourbon caramel corn, and stout marshmallows,
Salted Caramel is adding hot cocoa mix (and a bevy of gift baskets) to its repertoire just in time for the holidays. For those on your list who are a bit salty as well as sweet.
While discussing the
One City, One Food Drive campaign, Emmanuel announced, "One in six Cook County residents is food insecure, or uncertain of where their next meal will come from." If the surplus on your table so moves you to donate, find out how with the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Among the items in Time Out's
Thanksgiving feature this week is a list of all the "blackout Wednesday" options tonight.
Upton's Naturals has just purchased land somewhere in the city for construction of a future store, but are not saying where it actually is located-- you have to figure it out, for a prize.
Michael Nagrant has a short piece in Chicago mag online about local
celebrity chefs and their "celebrity" behavior. Just posted and the comments are already getting heated. Stay tuned...
Speaking of unusual food events, if you can't make it to the 29th annual
Turkey Testicle Festival out in Huntley tomorrow, Timothy O'Toole's in Streeterville has you covered. Details in Slowdown.
Tonight, the 65th annual
Latke-Hamantash Debate takes place at UofC. Be there for history... and starchy Jewish foods.
Haven't you always wanted your own popcorn machine? Chicago-based
Cretors still has some of its 125th anniversary popcorn machines available.
The online database of city restaurant inspection reports has gotten a huge upgrade; read more on the experience of being inspected as well as being a curious consumer in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
A cook from L2O, which lost two stars in the new Michelin Guide,
got into a fistfight with the kitchen staff from Boka last night at Old Town Social after they ribbed him about the demotion. Relax dude, it's a book for tourists.
Adam Levitt is suing Southwest Airlines for discontinuing a free drink program for their business class passengers.
The Reader wants you to eat your veggies, so it put together
a big guide in this week's paper. And The Local Beet can tell you where to get a CSA or hit an winter farmers market.
Where will they stop? Between the new
truck, and Secret Word Wednesdays (free bao with password), the latest coup for the "o" and "a" combo is Wow Bao's addition of ginger and scallion-studded quinoa as the base layer of its bowls (for an extra $0.50) in case "rice" just didn't have enough vowels for you.
The Michelin Guide 2012
ratings have been released--with not a lot of surprises.
Paris 1906 cookbook is now available in iTunes.
If it's happened to you, you know the joy of a Hot Doug's experience is equal only to the misery endured by arriving and finding it closed. But no fear, this is Avondale, Serious Eats'
Alternatives to Hot Doug's flowchart to the rescue!
Time Out's Julia Kramer
talks with Greg Hall about his new hard cider company, Virtue.
Local "lady pie baker"
Teeny Lamothe has embarked on a mission to bake pies across the country; you can help fund her exploits on IndieGoGo.
Serious Eats Chicago makes its official debut today ( previously).
A Sun-Times piece on the pending Moo & Oink auction indicates there's still some hope for a reconstituted meat depot, but a lot of suitors have their own intentions.
The Awl delves deeper into
McRib economics than ever before.
Michelin Guide announces Chicago's Bib Gourmand restaurants for 2012 -- eateries where, "for $40 or less, you can enjoy two courses and a glass of wine or dessert." See what's changed since last year in Drive-Thru.
dug up a new commercial for Jeppson's Malört, the intensely bitter liquor sold almost exclusively in Chicago, created by comedian Sam Mechling, the voice behind Malort on Twitter.
Amid the worst recession in thirty years, Chicago's urban farms are hiring. But it takes more than a power tie and snappy resume to get the job.
Read more over at Drive-Thru.
If you've ever driven north on Elston from Fullerton, you may have noticed the
large brick factory building directly south of the Home Depot parking lot. Slow down the next time you cruise by this long-closed building. It may be the last time you see it.
The Reader's big feature this week is about
The Arts of Life Band, a rock group made up of developmentally disabled people. Watch the band play and enjoy some tasty chili at the Half Acre Charitable Chili Cookoff this Saturday.
Hogsalt.com talks with
Half Acre's Gabriel Magliaro and illustrator Phineas X. Jones about the brewery's fantastic labels.
antibiotic-free chicken. That's what will be served in Chicago Public Schools from now on.
Pictures are up from
Cafe Lula's annual Halloween costume -- this year, Taco Hell. And who better to sell your soul to for Mexican food than Rick Bayless, dressed as the Devil himself.
Now Happy Meals at Chicago McDonald's restaurants
can be configured with a few fries, a few apple slices and milk. Most surveyed owners think it won't make any difference, which also seems to be the response in the health community.
How do you keep gang members from hanging out on your street corner?
Try a cookout.
Whet Moser tells
the history of the McRib (which is back, if you hadn't heard.)
If you've ever wanted to eat in the, er, footsteps of Guy Fieri, here's
a list of Chicago restaurants featured on "Diners, Drive-ins & Dives."
There are many ways to make it in the restaurant industry. For some, it's hard work and a hard-earned culinary education. For others, it's a tap on the shoulder. Chaya Babu explores
who gets which in Drive-Thru.
Chicago's food deserts are shrinking, according to a new report by food desert expert Mari Gallagher. Michelle Obama will be in town tomorrow to highlight the issue of food deserts and, no doubt, laud this development.
took pictures of every burger at Kuma's Corner, even immortalizing ones no longer on the menu.
Most travel recommendations from national publications are pretty uninspired, but
the WSJ's weekend architectural blitz does a decent job of balancing architectural and culinary stalwarts with a few of atypical restaurants.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia called Chicago-style deep dish pizza "
tomato pie" in a talk at Chicago-Kent Law School this week. He likes it, though.
A look at
Chicago's saloon culture in 1900. From GB's own archives: " Tapped Out," an elegy for the city's fading tap rooms.
Food Truck Freak has started an online video petition site, Let Them Cook, encouraging City Council to approve an ordinance allowing food trucks to cook onboard. They're running a Facebook contest to get the word out. [ via]
Next's chef Dave Beran
teased a menu for the restaurant's "Childhood" incarnation yesterday, and tickets went on sale last night at midnight. They're sold out, but same-day reservations will be announced on Facebook. Meanwhile, Eater has an interview with Beran about the menu.
Crumbs is opening its fourth Chicago location tomorrow at 346 N. Clark St., and is once again giving away 1,000 cupcakes to celebrate, starting at noon. Expect a line.
Lula Cafe "dresses up" for Halloween every year;
last year it was Kuma's Corner, the year before that it was Hot Doug's. According to Time Out, this year it'll go a bit lower-scale, masquerading as Taco Bell.
Speaking of Solo, the company is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and is sharing the love by, oddly, publishing a booklet of employees' barbecue sauce recipes [PDF].
Chicago's Italian beef is
Sue the T-rex was a lot heavier than originally thought. About
three tons heavier.
Chicago Cut Steakhouse was named one of Esquire's Best New Restaurants; Girl and the Goat, Next, and the Paris Club also received nods.
foodblogger and restaurant reviewer about town, takes over as Pat Bruno's replacement in the Sun-Times today. Read his first column, and then read my interview with him over in Drive-Thru.
A Russian billionaire spent
$100,000 on a very large bottle of Champagne (a 15-liter " Nebuchadnezzar" of Armand de Brignac) for Zac Efron and Heather Graham at Board Room this week. And now you know such things exists.
Only in California right now, but cross your orange-stained fingers some of that cheese dust makes it out East.
what the FTC says the Phusion Brands will now have to print on its cans.
local breweries did very well at the Great American Beer Festival, though Red Dog winning gold for Lager is...interesting. [ via]
Jamie Oliver wants to know about your kid's school lunches. Fresh and healthy, chemical-laden, or somewhere in between, upload your photos and rate others' contributions
Moo & Oink closed this weekend after 150 years in business.
Sizzler, the steakhouse chain that is more likely to live in your childhood memories than in your usual restaurant list, is going to try to win your cash again by opening 18 restaurants in the region in as many months.
Thirstday Hash House Harriers' Pink Dress Run to raise money for Imerman Angels will be held this Thursday.
Kind of late in the season, but the City launched a
new farmers market map over the weekend, featuring both city-sponsored and independent markets. [ via]
Tribune Broadcasting is bringing a little of the Food Network to WGN with "
America's Best Bites," a new show touring the country looking for tasty food. It debuts this Saturday at 5:30pm.
Southern Mac and Cheese truck's store at 60 E. Lake opens today. The line looks long, so bring a lunch. How meta!
The Greater Chicago Food Depository released a study mapping the city's hungry neighborhood by neighborhood. Riverdale had the highest rate of food insecurity at 40.8 percent, followed by Washington Park (34.0 percent), Englewood and North Lawndale (both at 31.2 percent), while Edison Park (7.4 percent), Forest Glen (7.8 percent) and Norwood Park (8.3 percent) had the lowest.
spend more money in coffee shops than any other city in America -- which probably says more about the cost of living here than our actual coffee consumption.
Imbibe's current issue has
an outstanding piece on the local beer scene, charting its too-occasional successes over the past few decades, through the recent boom and the industry's future. All in all, an almost definitive to-drink list for the beverage nerd.
World's Finest Chocolate created the world's biggest chocolate bar, which weighs 12,000lb. and is 3 feet high, 21 feet long. The purpose of the gigantic chocolate bar is to teach kids to think about eating smart.
The endearingly quaint
Chicago Breweriana collects promotional products and ephemera from Chicago's bygone breweries.
Adobofest 2011 is looking for a few more contestants for their annual
adobo (that wonderful Filipino dish of meat marinated in vinegar and garlic) contest, which is taking place this Saturday in LaBagh Woods. If you aim to compete or just eat, get the details in Slowdown.
The WSJ features a Midwest beer tour that starts in Milwaukee and loops around to Chicago
among its "Heartland Drive-Through Vacations."
Cornell Creative Machines Lab has developed a 3-D food printer that will allow the creation of previously unheard of cuisine. And not just a hamburger with liquid layers of ketchup and mustard inside, either (though also that). Chicago's Moto Restaurant looks like it'll be one of the early adopters.
Lula Cafe, which has been undergoing expansion, will reopen tonight at 6pm. However, their bar isn't open yet, so it'll just be the drinking basics (i.e. beer and wine) until the dust finally settles.
The Chicago Bacon Takedown is next Sunday, Sept. 18, and there are still a couple slots left in the competition. Cinnamon Cooper and I took second place last year -- could it be you this year?
Sarah Lee and suburban Kraft foods
have called a truce in their epic hot dog court battle, so we'll never know who makes the best hot dog in the land.
It looks like
Old Style is staying with Wrigley Field after all ... at least until the 2013 season, that is.
soul food is disappearing as blacks move out of the city.
Locavore Challenge from the Green City Market starts Thursday, Sept. 8. Are you up for the challenge?
Chicago Beer Geeks tour a too easy to miss Chicago craft brewer. They've only been around since 2009, but their current HQ was built in 1906 as a stable for Schlitz delivery horses, which is nothing if not several kinds of beer awesome.
The Chick-fil-A at 30 E. Chicago Ave. is offering
unlimited free refills on orders of 12-piece nuggets from 3pm to 5pm today. There are, of course, a couple catches, not least of which being your health will suffer.
Next Restaurant will be
releasing a cookbook based on its inaugural Paris 1906 menu -- and it will only be available for the iPad.
If you've got something to offer,
Fireside Restaurant might make you a deal.
We're giving away a CSA box of organic produce to the writer of the best haiku!
Details in Drive-Thru.
Fill out this form and go get in line!
It's a rebroadcast, but tune in today at 2pm to Fresh Air on WBEZ for an
interview with chef Grant Achatz of Next, the Aviary, the Office, and (of course) Alinea.
And aspiring homebrewers as well-
Brew Camp, recently opened at Belle Plaine and Lincoln, offers frequent classes for beginners and high quality ingredients for everyone.
Michael Nagrant runs down the
most influential people in the restaurant industry in this week's NewCity.
Last week the Chicago Artists Coalition held an event at which four artists and four chefs collaborated to create food and art inspired by each other. We interviewed
the artists and the chefs about the experience.
Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar announces a celebration of the one-year anniversary of its makeover on September 3 at both the bar and art space Co-Prosperity Sphere down the street.
That's the slogan of
Entom Foods, a company started by some UofC undergrads to get Americans eating more bugs.
Threadcakes, the super contest that pairs a love of Threadless shirts with cakes, is in the process of judging
this year's submissions. Want to see them?
They've had 19 health inspections in two years and they're challenging their most recent fine. There's more information
on their site than I can summarize here, but they make a pretty good case that they're being harassed by the Food Safety Division of the Chicago Health Department.
Lupe Fiasco Foundation is working with the Block By Block initiative to feed at least 100 people each day Aug. 15-31 in honor of Ramadan.
There is now a
beer named after Frank Thomas. Big Hurt Beer, which Beeronaut determined is brewed by Minhas of Monroe, WI (aka Huber Brewing), should be on shelves later this month.
Triple Double Oreos, coming soon to a store near you.
The 312 pulls out some of the
most entertaining quotes from the Sara Lee/Oscar Meyer hot dog battle. ( Previously.)
Meanwhile, Bon Appetit named
Ruxbin the fifth best new restaurant of the year.
Want to have dessert for breakfast? A.V. Club explores
your most decadent options.
I'm really happy for you, Sara Lee and Kraft Foods, and I'ma let you finish, but Vienna Beef makes some of the
best hot dogs of all time!
24 hours eating in Chicago. [ via]
Chicago Cab Fare reviews restaurants recommended by the city's many ethnic taxi drivers. The author is profiled in the ChuffPo today.
Mobile Cuisine Magazine, the folks who've been organizing a food truck corral in the Clybourn shopping district on Tuesdays, is launching a new series on Fridays in Grant Park. At least two trucks will be at the inaugural event today at Columbus and Balbo starting at 5pm.
After two years of battling Ald. Fioretti,
Felony Franks finally got a permit to put up a sign.
Moo & Oink, the 150-year-old meat butcher and grocery, faces liquidation if it can't find a buyer.
Alinea and Charlie Trotter's placed fourth and fifth on a list of
the most expensive restaurants in the country, and Tru, Les Nomades and Everest joined them in the top 10. [ via]
Starbucks and Caribou both plan
significant expansions in Chicago, and the first volley is from Starbucks: It's opening a store at 8 N. Michigan Ave., directly next to an existing Caribou.
Two major trade shows have changed their annual show dates in order to accommodate next May's G8 summit and its security demands.
High levels of lead were found in seven of 38 homes tested by the EPA this year, the Tribune reports. Read some of the backstory on how the paper found out.
Want to see what
Next is up to these days? Take a look at pictures of their most recent menu over at Drive-Thru.
...or something. Grub Street
breaks down the food options at Lollapalooza, while Food Genius crunches some data.
Kevin Pang flies in the face of Chicago prevailing wisdom and defends the practice of
putting ketchup on a hot dog.
Surprisingly, I've never come across
ItalianBeef.com before. Unsurprisingly, it's a site obsessively cataloging its namesake delicacy in Chicago.
Production of Goose Island's 312 Urban Wheat Ale is being
outsourced to upstate New York. Goose Island CEO John Hall says it'll allow the brewer to devote more attention to Matilda and other smaller beers; it might also be the first step in Anheuser-Busch's area code diversification plan.
The housing boom led to a bunch of knockdowns -- and the crash left many of those lots empty. Robyn Nisi
explores what happens when community gardens spring up on what is technically private property.
Re-Nest, they have a swell Etsy find: specialty cast-iron pans in the shape of Illinois. You can even load up on pans in the shape of other Midwestern states if you so desire.
Time Out focuses on "
cheap eats" this week; coincidentally, Food Genius was inspired by a Forbes article to find the cheapest food in the richest neighborhood, Lincoln Park
a poster to remind your friends what's on it.
The Chicago edition of
Blackboard Eats launched on Friday; subscribe and get a secret code for a discount or other perks at local restaurants.
Chicago brewery (and FoGB)
Half Acre is looking for some creative business ideas to use its spent grain. A lot of spent grain.
Grant Achatz talks with Gilt about switching
from Escoffier to Thai at Next.
Bleeding Heart Bakery announced on Facebook that it is opening a new location in Elmhurst by the end of the summer. Afterwards, they "will be working with [their] partners and a team of other folks to figure out what to do next."
Michelle Obama held a joint
press conference this week with reps from Supervalu and WalMart to announce that to be good, (cough) profit-earning guys, the retailers will open new stores in underserved neighborhoods in the next five years. Walgreens will also add more produce and healthy foods for sale at 1,000 more stores, as they've already done.
Chef Stephanie Izard will
sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh inning stretch at today's Cubs game.
Keeping track of the city's food trucks is becoming increasingly difficult -- which is where
Food Truck Freak comes in. [ via]
If you've got a Pitchfork wristband, a lot of doors (and discounts)
open up to you.
Food Genius is a new app for Android and iOS that helps you decide what to eat at Chicagoland restaurants.
Glenwood and Logan Square farmers markets are in among the top five farmers markets in Illinois according to the American Farmland Trust's competition. Voting is still open.
faulty reservation system for the sittings of its Tour of Thailand at Next is back on. Get in there before it dies! UPDATE: it sold out. Sorry, folks!
If you're a Grant Achatz fan, you've probably heard that
Next Restaurant is offering a Thai menu now that "Paris, 1906" has closed. However, due to having a reported 20,000 people logging in with 2,800 queries per second, the site crashed as the appointed reservation time arrived. And the foodie world? It went totally apes shitting bananas. Seriously, so many people have great, know-it-all, techie, entitled, hilarious and just plain offensive comments. They're due to launch again today -- good luck!
Margies Candies' "World's Largest Sundae"
takes on several members of the A.V. Club's staff--and wins.
Caffeine fiend alert: Starbucks' 31oz. "Trenta" drink size
debuts in Chicago next Tuesday.
Some recent trademark applications may tip Anheuser-Busch's hand in its plans for recently acquired Goose Island.
Hot Woks Cool Sushi's Obama-nami roll boasts a diversity of fish, a "hint of green pepper" and a political message amidst the rice and vinegar.
Chicago start-up SceneTap wants to
bring facial recognition software into bars so owners can monitor the number, age, and gender of their customers. Because figuring that out without computers would be impossible, right?
free Pinkberry on Thursday from 5 to 9pm at the frozen yogurt chain's first Chicago store, at 635 N. State St. The store officially opens Friday.
The Beachwood Reporter got a little
turkey-leg obsessed today after news broke that it was one of the Taste of Chicago's most-gobbled items.
If you're looking for someone to cheer for on July 4th, try
Chicagoan Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, who is competing in Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York's Coney Island.
Unless you've never used the
Garfield Park Conservatory as a mid-winter in-city escape, you're probably upset by the damage the conservatory has undergone. Martha Bayne was upset and decided to revive her fabulous Soup'n'Bread event as a fundraiser for the park. She'll feature chilly souper dishes from Swim Cafe, Inspiration Cafe, Bonnie Tawse, Anastasia Davies Hinchsliff, and more on Wednesday, July 6. All donations will be donated to the rebuilding efforts.
Chicagoist's Rob Christopher notes
the passing of the second coming of Trader Vic's in Chicago, and points to some other options to get your tiki drink on in the city (assuming you don't want to cab it to Hala Kahiki.)
Chicagoans search for "hot dogs" on Google
1.6 times the national average, and Illinois leads at the state level. I guess there's something to that state motto poster ( previously).
Wow Bao, say the secret password ( accessible through their Facebook page), and a free bao.
Jonathan Gold compares Alinea and Noma, the best restaurant in North America versus the best restaurant in the world.
If you need a compelling reason to go to the Taste (and really, who doesn't), Grub Street has a
nifty map showing where vendors are coming from, all over the city. You'd save gas money just by going to Grant Park -- especially if you're into dessert.
The western end of Logan Square's getting
a new, spicy pizza place. Offering slices and BYOB, Dante's Pizzeria comes courtesy of Georg Simos (High Dive, The Rocking Horse) and a few people from Santullo's and Piece.
Making a Milwaukee expat pine for more northern shores is as easy as mentioning the beloved
Comet Cafe. Now, Comet's owners bring their locally sourced, from-scratch comfort food south in the form of Lakeview's Northdown Cafe and Taproom.
OK, not really. But the magazine did
get a call from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms telling that due to licensing issues, they can't give away the beer they brewed with Pipeworks Brewery at their shindig tonight. However, there will still be free beer: startup brewery 5 Rabbit has stepped in with a keg.
The menu at
Just Turkey might remind you of a certain Monty Python skit, done with a healthier meat. Learn the backstory in Drive-Thru.
Taste of Chicago opens Friday, expect a stronger police presence than in past years.
loads up on wordplay in her paean to the humble Chicago-style weiner.
Karl Klockars questions whether Ald. Tom Tunney is
in violation of City Council ethics rules for not recusing himself from the food truck legislation, since he owns several restaurants and has catered events for the City.
Editor of local food website The Feast/Eat Carly Fisher's Class Photo series talks to the staff of Kuma's (most recently), The Girl and the Goat, Moto, and more. All interviews include a high school-style group picture.
There's one food truck roaming the streets that doesn't need to worry about whether Ald. Tunney
ties up legislation: Fido to Go serves up "canine cookies" and dog-friendly ice cream.
Strawberries are in season -- take advantage of it with
these recipes from Guy Meikle from Nana and Jeff Donahue from Next and the Aviary. Here's a place to start if you want to pick your own.
pretty good wine town, according to the WSJ's Lettie Teague. In fact, she says it's "the second-most important wine city in the country right now."
One Pork Taco turned up a postcard of Adolph Luetgert's sausage factory. Mr. Luetgert killed his wife way back in the 19th century, and rumors persisted that he'd turned her into sausage. He didn't, but the real story is just as yucky.
Arby's wasn't the only restaurant chain sold yesterday; the same private equity firm
bought Corner Bakery. Roark Capital Group also owns Cinnabon, Auntie Annes' pretzels and Schlotzky's Deli.
reports that the Grasstoots Collaborative is holding a bake sale in front of the Mercantile Exchange (20 South Wacker) today to benefit the CME Group, the parent company of the Merc who is threatening to leave the state unless Gov. Quinn gives them some special tax considerations.
John Apostolou, president of
Giordano's (which is currently in bankruptcy proceedings), is accusing the government of committing "bank fraud, securities fraud and tax fraud" in its handling of the pizza chain case. Apostolou was forcibly removed from the chain's headquarters last month.
Remember a couple years ago some guys tried to
crowdsource the purchase of Pabst Brewing Company? They got slapped with a cease-and-desist order by the SEC, some months after shutting down the attempt. [ via]
We dish with Chicago Cooking Chicks in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Bucktown coffee drinkers, your world is back on its axis:
Ipsento reopened this morning after The Man shut them down for six long days.
Taste of Chicago isn't for a couple more weeks, but you can get a preview today, as a dozen or so Taste vendors set up in Daley Plaza from 11am to 2pm.
Vienna Beef is
suing Red Hot Chicago, a rival that happens to be owned by the grandson of one of Vienna's founders.
If you too are
skeptical of the food truck hype, you may want to head to the corner of North and Halsted on tomorrow night Food Truck Tuesdays. At least four trucks will be there every Tuesday in June.
Bad news for Bucktown coffee drinkers:
Local favorite Ipsento ( 2035 N. Western) closed suddenly yesterday after an Illinois Department of Revenue official showed up to revoke its business license because of unpaid taxes. Store owners said today they're "working hard" to right the ship and reopen soon.
explanation they posted on their Facebook page: Ipsento is temporarily closed. In 2010, we mistakenly overlooked the filing and paying of nine months of sales tax. We have been current with this years sales tax. However, to date, we have been unable to pay the lump some [sic] we fell behind. For this reason, the state revoked our business license yesterday. We are working hard to get the license back...and have been told by our tax expert lawyers that this shouldn't be a problem. We originally thought we could turn this around right away. But that's not how the Department of Revenue works. Our hope is to re-open next Monday afternoon. We'll keep you informed as we find out more. We REALLY appreciate how supportive you all have been!
The Tribune surveys
the current food truck scene as Ald. Waguespack reintroduced legislation to allow vendors to prepare food on their trucks.
Chicagoist reports on In Chef's Hands, a new charitable organization providing one-on-one culinary training to people with special needs.
Jeff Ruby channels the ghost of Auguste Escoffier for
his review of Next's Escoffier-inspired menu.
You can find a lot of food trucks roaming around the city, but as
this week's Drive-Thru feature shows, they aren't that convenient.
Fanfound is giving away
free tickets to the Guy Fieri Food Tour this Saturday at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.
Meet Julie, the lady behind the counter at The Doughnut Vault.
Apparently one of the Bulls went to Aviary after the game last night -- and
asked for a vodka and seltzer. The bar denied the request, and the baller left.
With travel season approaching, we've got edible reasons for you to get out of
town and even the country -- details in Drive-Thru.
He has a
food blog in which he names a female fennel bulb "Latifa" and says things like, "How did people make soup before stick blenders? They are the absolute stone cold nuts."
The Reader's Miles Raymer
profiles the BYOBandits, two 20-something dudes into drinking heavily and pigging out at BYO restaurants.
Ping Pong is closed after a kitchen fire last week. Nearby Scarlet, which was closed by a fire itself in 2009, is holding a fundraiser for Ping Pong's employees tonight; $10 of your $15 drink wristband goes to them.[ via]
Wondering if your favorite watering hole is included in
Chicago Craft Beer Week? There's a map for that.
John Greenfield has some suggestions of
bars near the CTA to get buzzed. You might also check out Centerstage's venerable Virtual El guides.
Sepia's bartender Logan Lavachek came across her grandmother's "Bar Aid," a cocktail recipe gadget from the '60s. She's
working her way through its recipes and updating the ingredients; you can follow along on her blog, or sample her experiments at the bar. [ via]
Dishtip is meant to be a guide to the best food in a city, but some of the results are a little odd. Is the
salad bar at Fogo de Chao really the second best dish in Chicago? And since when does Lou Malnatti's serve New York-style pizza? [ via]
Stolen nacho cheese was at the center of a recent scuffle at a West Side 7-Eleven.
The weather may make it seem like summer will never come, but
this year's Taste of Chicago food vendors have been announced.
Following the success of its
Key Ingredient series, he Reader has added a new column, "Cocktail Challenge," to its arsenal. Each week a bartender takes on a new ingredient; first up is garlic mustard, a culinarily friendly invasive weed, taken on by Sable's Mike Ryan.
Chicago boasts two contenders in Tasting Table's New York
Lobster Roll Rumble later this summer, with seafood stalwart Shaw's Crab House and extremely new GT Fish & Oyster.
Filter had an unusual lunch special earlier this week, spotted by Josh Andrews.
I suppose it falls along the lines of eating the souls of one's enemies.
The top recommendations for
Chicago dishes on foodporn site Foodspotting are pretty solid recommendations.
Logan Square alderman Rey Colon will be at City Hall today to try to shut down the popular farmers market in the neighborhood--over a political feud.
Find out more over at Drive-Thru.
Wear your Bulls gear and head into
Sprinkles Cupcakes on Tuesday, May 3rd for a free cupcake! Fans sporting some swag get a red velvet treat that's sure to inspire some team spirit. The offer is good at the 50 E. Walton St. store from 9am-8pm tomorrow.
Why would we write about the long waits for foo-foo drinks at Aviary when there's a Red Lobster in Lincolnwood with immediate seating? Details of an annual pilgrimage are in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Center Square Journal takes us on
a tour of Koval distillery.
An odd chapter in Chicago and New York's pizza rivalry: Supposedly you can't get a just a slice of pizza at certain NYC institutions because of
Al Capone's strong-arm tactics regarding cheese distribution.[ via]
The south end of Grant Park may
get a farmers market this summer run by the same folks as the Ogilvie Station French Market.
Want to attend the
Growing Home Gala Benefit tomorrow night? Details in Drive-Thru.
Months after their sickly sweet caffeinated malt beverage landed them in hot water, the makers of Four Loko finally
tell their story -- and what they're up to next. [ via]
Good news for low-income Illinois residents who use
LINK cards — Chicago farmers markets doubled the number of sites where they now accept the card as payment for fresh produce. Especially important in an area hampered by food deserts, this expanding service hopefully will get healthy food into more homes. There are also participating markets around the state. Chicago farmers markets open on May 12, 2011.
Bring your own mug to
Caribou Coffee tomorrow, and get a free coffee. Use the caffeine rush to walk or bike to work -- it is Earth Day, after all. (And BTW, Caribou's got one of the best, everyday, non-Earth-Day BYO mug discounts around: 50 cents off, all day, every day.)
Thomas Keller sings the praises of his protege, Grant Achatz, in this year's
Pack your travel mug the night before (unless you're just naturally good at remembering such tasks in the morning, pre-caffeine) and bring it by
Starbucks on Friday for a free coffee or tea in celebration of Earth Day.
Alinea remained the best restaurant in North America, and
rose a spot overall in S. Pelligrino's annual World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Last year in ranked 7th.
different sort of food truck is getting ready to roll in Englewood. Fresh Moves Mobile Produce Market is converting a CTA bus to bring fresh produce into food deserts.
Last week Time Out took
a look back at the last 12 months of the food truck movement. Take a survey yourself this Tuesday at the Food Truck Summit.
Best New Restaurants list is now posted, but you'll have to pick up the magazine to find out why they picked Bistronomic as the best.
Apparently there was more to that
Crain's ham map than met the eye. Consumers are still buying meat, which means we're on our way out of this recession.
Time Out announced its
2011 Eat Out Award winners last night, with Girl and the Goat winning best new restaurant and Stephanie Izard landing Chef of the Year. No doubt she'll put that award next to her Best New Chef award from Food & Wine. Next up, the James Beard Awards.
In a move that clearly establishes that community garden initiatives have gone mainstream,
Triscuit will be sponsoring new gardens in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Surprisingly, an infographic in
Crain's Chicago Business, not The Onion.
Some CPS schools have
banned lunches brought from home in an effort to promote healthier eating. Students and parents are, of course, not all happy about this.
You can still get fresh produce even if it's cold and dreary outside. We visit the indoors Green City Market in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Baconfest is sold out, but it's put you in the mood. Steve Dolinsky has some suggestions, but at Paddy Long's you can schedule a bacon and beer tasting, pairing five seasonal beers with five cuts of bacon. Or dare to order the Bacon Bomb. Finish it and a mess of fries in 45 minutes and you'll win a t-shirt and your photo on the wall -- and get it free.
Garrett Popcorn is giving away free snack size bags of its CaramelCrisp popcorn tomorrow, April 6, from 11am to 2pm -- and will donate $1 to Japan relief efforts for each bag given away
About a week ago,
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy finally wandered into a sandwich shop in Toronto that was oddly familiar, or at least the menu was. It definitely left an impression.
Dining Chicago's David Lissner finally got ChicagoRestaurant.com back, two years after it mysteriously transferred to a Turkish squatter. [ via]
The Trib's food writers are highlighting
a sandwich a day for all of April. First up is HotChocolate's cheddar melt. (Not coincidentally, Saveur is all about sandwiches this month, too.)
The Center for Book & Paper Arts' 12th annual Edible Books & Tea is this evening from 6pm to 8pm. Get there early -- the books aren't just for show, and you'd be surprised how many people are hungry for literature.
The New York Times ponders the
peculiar predicament of Charlie Trotter: still excelling while the culinary world seems to pass him by.
Now after you're forced to dump your water bottle at O'Hare security, you can refill it for free. Not at McDonald's -- at these
fancy new water fountains. [ via]
Fame comes at a cost for
some of Chicago's cult restaurants, as word spreads internationally.
Menuism has announced Feeding Hunger Chicago. They're donating $1 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository for every like they gain on Facebook between now and April 25.
Goose Island has agreed to be purchased by Anheuser-Busch for $38.8 million. Despite the ownership change, the brewery will stay in the city, and their brew pubs are not part of the deal.
Chef Troy Graves has been
trying out recipes from an 1896 edition of the Chicago Daily News Cook Book; we ran excerpts from the 1930 edition in Drive-Thru awhile back.
Today only, you can get the
A la Carde restaurant discount pack for half the regular price.
Serious Eats' Slice pizza blog has created a googlemap of
all the Chicagoland pizzerias they (well, Daniel Zemans, mostly) have reviewed.
Pre-registration is open for the Zombie Pub Crawl through Andersonville April 30.
Speaking of Chicago foods in elsewhere in the country, a Missouri couple smitten by the flavors of Chicago hot dogs decided to open a Chicago-style hot dog restaurant in Holden, Missouri. So, you know, the next time you're in Holden, you're all set.[ via]
Chicago loves student design contests. The latest one will feature a CPS high school student's design on 10,000 reusable bags to be handed out at farmers markets.
Here's some info from one of the sponsors.
Pie deals all over the place in honor of Pie Day.
Morton's and many others are offering slices of pie for $3.14, and Hoosier Mama is both staying open late and borrowing the Gaztro-Wagon to sell around the city (find'em via twitter).
Also, this Saturday, March 19, Hoosier Mama is teaming up with Drive-Thru to hold its second annual scavenger hunt.
Get details here!
Bernardo Hees, CEO of Burger King, said during a
recent visit to U of C, "The food is terrible and the women are not very attractive [in England]. Here in Chicago the food is good, and you are known for good-looking women." Not surprisingly, the Brits are pissed.
Today we release the second feature in GB's short film series
The Grid. " Congress Conducts El at Cal's" explores the construction congestion at Congress Parkway through the music and activity at Cal's, a nearby hangout and liquor store.
...and get ready for the foods of spring. We'll show you how to prepare in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
According to their
Facebook page, yes - under the guidance of former Landmark Grill chef Kurt Guzowski, and with a slightly retooled menu.
Burr Ridge-based designer Joseph Mollo has created a sleek, Poplar-finished
beer pong table now available on Etsy.
In one corner, A.V. Club Chicago got
Goose Island's Greg Hall and Jared Rouben to try out Big Flats lager, Walgreens' new house beer. In the other corner, Time Out put together a taster panel of its own.
A new grocery store chain that recently opened in several south side food desert communities gave away a bag of free groceries to residents and the assurance that fresh, affordable food is no longer miles away; we cover the neighborhood response in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Scooter's Frozen Custard opens today at 2pm, which chocolate peanut butter as the daily special.
After transforming dinner at MOTO,
Homaro Cantu's star has steadily risen. Now he believes he has made a stride in his most personal project, the modest task of combating world hunger, and it all comes down to a berry.
Stimulus Social Club meets again tonight at Public House. Your $10 goes to Multiple Solutions, the junior board of the MS Society -- and gets you complimentary appetizers and a round of drinks.
We're a little late to the news, but IHOP is offering a
free "short stack" of pancakes to all diners today; now you have dinner plans.
Meet suburban-based Kraft's "Meal Planning Solution," a kiosk that will be able to recognize your face and give you shopping suggestions based on your shopping history. In the process, it'll also provide recipes, free samples ... and "anonymously" collect data.
The oatmeal McDonald's is promoting as a healthy breakfast option is
a bit more complicated than it seems.
Statoil gas stations now offer a " Chicago menu" of a (non-Chicago style) hot dog, a Coke and ...baby carrots? [ via]
Bacon nuts probably already know, but just in case:
Baconfest Chicago tickets go on sale at noon Friday.
The Stew published the first post-election
interview with Mayor Daley yesterday -- about his interest in food.
The release party for Heather Shouse's book,
, April 19 will double as the first-ever Food Trucks: Dispatches and Recipes from the Best Kitchens on Wheels Food Truck Summit in the parking lot of Goose Island Clybourn.
With a new Mayor-elect in the wings, one ponders if the city can be unified by a crowdsourced alcoholic beverage. Chicagoans,
the choice is yours. (h/t Joe)
Perhaps not so coincidentally,
National Eating Disorder Awareness Week overlaps with Restaurant Week. Dr. Kathrleen Young has some suggestions on how to observe it.
Beer fans, be warned:
Dark Lord Day is for ticket-holders only this year.
Not a map, exactly, but
The United Plates imagines each state as food. Illinois looks tasty.
Once shut down temporarily, now permanently: long-time Wicker Park food institution Earwax Cafe will be closing February 28.
A healthier lunch is only good for kids if they eat it -- and apparently
CPS students aren't. More food discussion in Drive-Thru.
Not every kid is sucked into the McDonald's vortex! We meet up with a local youth-centric food policy group in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Chicago is the
best beer city in America, according to Esquire.
filed for bankruptcy Thursday, but said it plans to keep its restaurants open.
Speaking of criminals, Mike Sula talks with some folks
making moonshine over at the Reader.
Not to be outdone, the New York Times has a
profile of Grant Achatz today, too.
Past, present and future blend together in Chris Borelli's
profile of Grant Achatz.
As of this writing,
This American Life's site is just barely reachable, thanks to the nearly one million people who've visited to read Coca-Cola's secret formula since it was mentioned on last weekend's episode. [ via]
Longman & Eagle has made lemons into lemonade, printing a negative review from Yelp onto a fancy postcard.
Looking for something a bit more exclusive than
BaconFest? Perhaps Cochon 555 is up your alley. Eater has some details about the March 20 Chicago celebration of pork and wine.
this week's Drive-Thru feature, we visit a bakery that churns out sweet treats and even sweeter charity...just in time for your Valentine's Day treat shopping.
You have just a couple more days to get
Hot Doug's latest special, a cherry-apple pork sausage (with a touch of cinnamon) topped with Sir William pear mustard and a crumbled Vosges bacon chocolate bar. he encased meat emporium closes Sunday and doesn't reopen until March 2.
The last Chicago
Toddle House--a former chain of eat-in/take-out restaurants and a precursor to modern fast food eateries--will soon be razed. The location has been closed for eight years, and locals complain that the site is an eyesore.
And not just for films. Time Out's
Eat Out Awards are open for voting, and LTH Forum is taking nominations for its latest Great Neighborhood Restaurants awards.
Mayor Daley has proposed a way to keep
Taste of Chicago free without incurring losses on the festival: do away with the music programming.
announced its lineup of exhibiting restaurants and chefs. Tickets go on sale soon.
GOOD puts better brews on their
United States of Good Beer. (Previously: 1, 2) [ via]
In this week's Drive-Thru feature, we plan for what we'll be making this Sunday--
the fine, fine foods of Pittsburgh.
Yep, it's enough of a meme to start doing editions, like
google maps a couple years ago. This time, Goose Island reps for Illinois on the United States of Beer, while Green River is ours on the United States of Soft Drinks.
RateBeer.com's list of
the best brewers in the world includes some familiar local names: Three Floyds at #1, Goose Island at #10, Half Acre at #75 and Piece at #82.
Is it time to crack open
a Walgreen's beer?
Sammy's Taste of Chicago, a suburban Milwaukee hot dog stand,
has renamed its Chicago style variety the "Packer Dog." Right back at you, buddy.
That's what 410,000 Chicago Public School students will be able to do now that
Chicago Public Schools has agreed to offer free breakfasts in classrooms to students. As a former free-breakfast and -lunch kid, I can't say how surprised I am that this is a new thing.
profiles startup Grubwithus, a social-networky site about dining out with new people.
Hopleaf, Local Option, Map Room and Sheffield's all made Draft magazine's America's 100 Best Beer Bars list. Nearby, there's also Firkin in Libertyville and Heurot in Muncie are also worth hitting.
You can now get
a subscription to The Local Tourist's popular Chef's Table dining events.
Pete Wentz has
reopened Angels & Kings in the Hard Rock Hotel, while Kanye West's Orland Park Fatburger location has closed.
DIY lifestyle mag
ReadyMade recently gave props to (already beautiful) Pilsen bar Simone's for their accidental artistic venture: blank beer coasters. Patrons are enjoying the chance to draw their own designs and decorate it with a glass of their favorite bevvy.
this week's Drive-Thru feature we meet up with two chefs who want to make an impact in their community through food trucks.
Time Out focuses on
coffee culture this week, including a meticulous breakdown of beans, brewing methods and prices at 33 indie shops and chains.
The NY Times
visits the Brat Stop, the Kenosha restaurant that attracts the love of both Bears and Packers fans.
Ric Hess, the owner of Lakeview's Sheffield's bar/restaurant, passed away Monday night from a heart attack. He was 48.
Not to be outdone, Eater has created
The Eater Doomsday Map -- one place to eat in each state "before the Apocalypse."
Another map boiling the US down to a single trait (
previously), only this time by foods.
The season of crock pot roast beef has returned! Details in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Erlene Howard's burgeoning green business helps those who
can't compost for themselves. For under $11 a week, she'll take northsiders' compostables and put them to good use (not a landfill).
Gulpon is a new deal-a-day site promising "up to 90% off" beverages of all sorts.
Whether you support her bid for mayor of the city or not, you might enjoy Carol Moseley Braun's
Ambassador Organics line of teas, coffee and spices.
If you haven't been reading Mike Gebert and Michael Nagrant's
ongoing conversation about the year in Chicago's food scene, you've got a lot of great reading to catch up on.
McDonald's will be handing out free bowls of their new
fruit and oatmeal at Union Station this morning from 7am till 10am.
ShamelessRestaurants.com is a forum for "the inside scoop by restaurant employees" The Chicago section must be read to be believed.
a neighbor adds details (some very sad) to the suspicious fire at Ole Hardwood yesterday.
We'll probably prove them wrong tomorrow, but
Chicago is only #29 on Daily Beast's list of America's 40 drunkest cities. Then again, #1 is no surprise. (Thanks, Dee!)
Just in time for New Year's Eve, here's a recipe for the
Rum Emanuel. (There's another recipe from some bar in New York, but it doesn't look as good.)
The Drive-Thru staff shares their favorite food experiences from 2010 in the first annual
Eatacular. Share yours in the comments.
Thanks in part to the popularity of bacon, pork belly trading has all but ceased on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the
Wall Street Journal reports. [ Learn more about the Google News link] history of futures in a new book.
Want to do something more special than TV and beer, but can't afford New Year's Eve specials hovering around three digits?
Metromix and the Reader have some ideas to get you started.
In Drive-Thru, Alan Lake
shares the story of his annual tradition of serving Christmas dinner, BBQ style, at the Salvation Army's Harbor Light Center on the near West Side.
Eric May -- artist, proprietor of Roots and Culture and food enthusiast -- has set out to start up a " Mobile Culinary Community Center."
The Drink Deck has launched an iPhone app, which gets you the same deals as the 52-card deck but costs $10 less. [ via]
Seems like a good day for
Mexican hot chocolate.
Chicago-style pizza is surprisingly common in San Francisco. Ex-pat David Shamma recently set up
a double-blind taste test, pitting three of the city's best up against FedExed pies from Gino's and Malnatti's to see which was the best.
Marina City News has an
early look inside Public House, opening Jan. 13 at State and Kinzie, where a dozen of the tables will have not just their own beer taps but also liquor taps.
this week's Drive-Thru feature, we introduce you to Cob Connection, an organization that teaches urban farming skills to ex-offenders in the most unlikely of places.
@Eligratz put together a list and made a map of all the BYOB restaurants in Chicago (though he'd like to know if he missed any).
Chicago's food truck battle
hit the Wall Street Journal today.
A Chicago man was arrested for
stealing tip jars from at least three Starbucks and possibly several other coffee shops in the city and suburbs.
Things don't look good at
Mado. After its original chefs, Rob and Allie Levitt, left to open a butcher shop, Brandon Baltzley took over. Now Eater reports Baltzley's quit, too, and took the whole kitchen staff. They'll be doing a " pop up dinner" at Delicious on Dec. 17.
Produce industry magazine
The Packer reports on the City Produce Project's first harvest.
Herbert Fickenworth, 12 years old, Chicago, writes: "I am picking and selling mushrooms every day."
Chef's hats have 100 pleats to signify the number of ways a chef knows how to cook an egg.
One Hundred Eggs shares a few of those ways, along with sumptuous food photography.
Cultural weekly NewCity
gives us their 2010 top picks in vintage TV shows filmed in Chicago, food trucks, indoor make-out spots, and many more.
Intelligentsia has come out with
an iPhone/iPad app that teaches you the proper way to make your coffee. (Thanks, Roderick!)
The Stew makes some
food trend predictions for 2011. While bacon may be getting a little old, chicken skin seems like an unlikely successor.
Ever wonder the best way to make tea?
Chicago Tea Garden's Tony Gebely breaks it down for you.
Ineeka is a Chicago-based tea company with a farm in India and a unique " delivery system."
BYOB Chicago, Drink Deck and Not For Tourists have teamed up to create the
Chicago Survival Guide, a good gift for friends who want a cheap drink with dinner in a neighborhood they're not that familiar with.
Local Foods Wheel can help figure it out. [ via]
Need a bartender for an upcoming party? You could
win the services of one of the city's best.
What would a chef do with an ingredient they've never used before? The Reader intends to find out with its new series, Key Ingredient. First up is, of course,
Grant Achatz and kluwak kapas nuts. The online version includes a video by Sky Full of Bacon's Michael Gebert.
Chicagoans to thank for both canned beer and a way to open them.
Eater and Grub Street have early peeks at Grant Achatz' upcoming memoir, . Meanwhile, Life, On the Line GQ offers a glimpse at Achatz' thought process behind Alinea's fall menu
In Drive-Thru, meet
Shebnem Ince, a Chicago-born sommelier who specializes in biodynamic and organic wines.
Northwestern is ranked as being the most vegan friendly "small" school in PETA's 2010 ranking of U.S. universities. The U of C made the initial list but was promptly defeated by Northwestern.
E.leaven has created a giant bagel they're calling a "
party bagel." Seems like the ideal accompaniment to your Big Hot Dog ( previously).
Eight Forty-Eight paid a visit to
the farm at Altgeld Gardens on the far South Side.
American aquarium drinkers also now have the option to enjoy
Intelligentsia's Wilco blend, selected unanimously by the band.
Local coffee roaster
Crop to Cup is now providing IIT with a custom blend: Mies van der Roast.
The Gaztro-Wagon is out there, plying the streets with its naanwiches and waiting for the City to change laws against food trucks.
Bon Appetit included Grant Achatz'
Next on its list of great celebration restaurants. Only problem being, of course, Next isn't open yet. They've since removed it from the list, but The Stew has a screenshot. [ via]
Laurent Gras left
L2O for "a break" just three weeks before the restaurant received three stars from Michelin. Yesterday news broke that the departure is permanent, and Eater Chicago got an exclusive interview.
The makers of Four Loko are
caving to pressure and reformulating the drink to eliminate the caffeine and energy drink ingredients. Meanwhile, bars everywhere continue selling vodka and Red Bulls and Jack and Cokes.
Tomorrow, Nov. 18, through Nov. 21, Startbucks will help you get through the afternoon with a
buy-one-get-one-free deal on its holiday coffee drinks between 2 and 5pm.
Tostones are easy to make, but
making them with drag queens is more fun.
Remember mixing all the soda flavors at the fountain when you were a kid? Coke's experimental "
Freestyle" soda dispensers bring back the fun (and danger) of that experimentation, and are now at a couple restaurants around town.
The Michelin Guide announced its list of
restaurants receiving stars a day earlier than planned after it leaked on Yelp.
A powdered gin and tonic was among the
experimental drinks Grant Achatz and team demoed at a private event in LA Friday. You'll have to wait for The Aviary to open to try snorting it yourself.
In light of the Michelin guide's arrival in Chicago, the current issue of
Newsweek is waxing poetic about some of Chicago's not-so-fancy (but still very loveable) foods.
Slice finally got around to
Illinois (aka Chicago) on its tour of the United States of Pizza, courtesy of Daniel Zemans.
Flight Chicago is different from the usual restaurant deal: buy a flight and you get a three hour tour behind the scenes at three top restaurants, including Q&As with the chefs.
Eater Chicago announced the winners of its first annual
Edgewater coffee shop,
Kitchen Sink, is looking for local artists to display their work at the business in 2011. The cafe is located near the Berwyn Red Line stop. Details.
Speaking of free, Drive-Thru is
co-hosting a pre-release cocktail party for the Michelin Guide Chicago at Violet Hour next week. Space is limited, so sign up today! UPDATE: Sold out!
Laurent Gras has left his post at L20. Whether it's for now or for forever remains to be seen.
A la Card has announced its 2011 restaurant discount deck, and for a limited time you can get 20% off your pre-order and get the 2010 deck to use as fast as possible. This year's deck is discounted to $15, too. (Thanks, Caffrin!)
We look at a group of DIY coffee roasters with big plans in
this week's Drive-Thru Feature.
Chances are you've been to at least one or two of Time Out's
50 unknown bars, or at least have heard of them.
Alinea was busted in 2006 for having a supply of the
needlessly illegal tonka bean.
Lawyers like burgers. Some lawyers like them enough to
pass judgment over them.
Rob and Allie Levitt have
left Mado. But by the end of the month, they'll be opening a butcher shop in Noble Square that will feature custom-cut meats from animals raised on small Midwestern farms and handmade charcuterie. (For those jonesing for the Levitts' cooking, there'll also be a small lunch menu.)
Mitch O'Connell designed this awesome tiki mug for the day after.
Because they're still widely available,
says a UIC researcher.
Vermillion's Maneet Chauhan was cut on this week's " Next Iron Chef," but you can still try her show-inspired lunch boxes for $24. Chef Ming Tsai, who won while Chauhan lost, is at The Chopping Block tonight for a book signing and cooking demo.
Halloween in Chicago: A
completely reasonable sign on the door of a northwest side liquor store.
Obama Foodorama has the details regarding President Obama's weekend
dinner at Topolobombo and take-out breakfast at Valois.
We head to Wisconsin for a trip full of dairy goodness in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
The owners of
Bleeding Heart Bakery are teaming up with The Fifty/50 crew to create side-by-side pizzeria and bakery collaboration in Wicker Park.
Koval Distillery is releasing Lion's Pride Whiskey, the first whiskey made in Chicago since Prohibition, this weekend. The Reader's Mike Sula got an early taste.
Thinking about dinner at the
Athenian Room tonight? Forget it. Ever since Tina Fey endorsed it in a "30 Rock" web video, it's been packed.
Phusion Projects is under fire as its Four Loko alcoholic energy drinks are implicated in underage drinking cases at colleges around the country. More details in Drive-Thru.
The seasoned local craft brewers behind
Pipeworks Brewing Company have taken to Kickstarter in search of the funds to build their brewing facility in Garfield Park. If you're feeling particularly flush, they've got some very creative rewards for the big spenders, including a trip to Belgium and a chance to create a beer with them.
A 10-year-old boy in Buffalo Grove called 911 last week
to complain that he hated the food his parents served him for dinner.
coming to Navy Pier.
The Mag Mile Marriott and the Elysian Hotel get name-checked in a New York Times article about
hotels committed to über-local food sourcing.
Grub Street Chicago
points us to a cool restaurant map by Vidhya Nagarajan.
A multimedia artist takes a summer job as a paletero in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Devon Seafood has a special dining deal for GB readers;
learn more in Drive-Thru.
Time Out covers
coming trends in food and drink in this week's feature package, which naturally includes an interview with chef Grant Achatz. David Tamarkin posted a longer version of the interview online.
Chicago magazine hosts
40 Bottles of Beer tonight at the Village Tap in Roscoe Village.
Soup's on at the Lincoln Park Zoo! What are your favorite ruminants, amphibians, and primates noshing on and how much does it cost per animal each year? Yum, krill!
Jimmy John's is suing Halsted Street Deli over
trademarked sandwich names. (Watch out, Mr. Pickle's, you're next)
The Reader takes a look at
the zoning battle facing the Logan Square Kitchen.
Ever wish someone would just make you something to eat? Or maybe you'd really like to cook for someone.
CookItFor.Us, a new site, er, cooked up at a hackathon last week, can help party A find party B.
The Kitty Journal
expresses frustration at how tough it is to find a late night cup of coffee in this town. (Presumably the author doesn't want to hang out in a diner.) [ via]
MyDrinkOn brings the crowd-couponing concept to booze, starting with Chicago.
Baconfest 2011 has been announced.
Hoosier Mama Pie Company just made Bon Appetit's list of the country's Top 10 Best Places for Pie. Achatz Handmade Pie Company, from Armada, Michigan, also gets a shoutout -- as much for the pie as for being related to Grant Achatz and served at Alinea.
Could you eat on $4.50 a day, as people on the
SNAP program do? Chicagoist's Betsy Mikel tried it for a week.
Today is International Sake Day! We've got some
places for you to sip sake, hot or cold, in Drive-Thru.
LTHForum's Gary Wiviott will be on the Food Network's new show " Meat & Potatoes" tonight, showing host Rahm Fama the wonders of Sun Wah BBQ.
Arlington Heights-based Restaurant.com tried their hands today at the group discount game today,
offering 90% off restaurant gift certificates. It's proved so popular that it's crushing their servers -- so they're extending the deal through Friday to make up for it.
Game Time Dine brings together sports and food.
Gene's Sausage Shop's rooftop deck and beer garden won't open until next spring, but a few lucky folks got a sneak peek last weekend.
And other food, too: the 2nd place winners for Judges' Choice in the
Chicago Bacon Takedown have a blog, The Green Chalkboard, where they explore porky and non-porky (or even meaty) delights.
Octoberfeast returns to River North next week: spend Oct. 5 wandering from restaurant to gallery to bar, capping off with a party at the Hard Rock, all for $65.
After that somewhat
underwhelming visit from the New York Times, it's nice to see someone who Chicago's (and Wisconsin's) food scene. really dove into
Chicago-based glassware company
By the Glass has been getting some attention lately for their tasteful lines of drinking glasses inspired by several cities around the world. Maybe I'm biased, but I like the Chicago line.
Chicago Marathon's right around the corner. Put your feedbag over your race number for Frasca's half-price-pasta Carb Cram on marathon eve, then trade your Bibs for Beers at Dunlay's on Clark post-race.
Billed as a "gala celebration & tasting for friends, fans and
foodists" the Chicago media-arts nonprofit, Beyondmedia, is celebrating 10 years of media justice, 10 top Chicago chefs and 10 honor awardees. Regrettably, another Chicago event dominates the 10-10-10 slot, so they bumped theirs to October 14th. Check Slowdown or the event site for tickets and details.
free ice cream day tomorrow at Capannari's in the French Market.
If you notice some new craft beers at the bar this weekend, keep in mind that they
may not be as microbrewed as they seem.
Kevin Pang, a reporter at the Trib, spotted a sign of culture clash at Dan Ryan's Chicago Grill in Hong Kong.
Allan Nacapuy, a Harrington College of Design student, is a
finalist for a nationwide contest to create a redesign of the Chiquita Banana logo; his artwork will appear on selected bananas from November to January.
Two new drinks are vying for space on shelves:
Greater Than, a new coconut water-based energy drink, and Sleepyhead, an elixir to help you sleep.
another good year for Goose Island. The brewery's 312 urban wheat ale won a gold medal in this year's Great American Beer Festival in the category of English-style Summer Ale. Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout also won the bronze in the Wood- and Barrell- Aged Strong Stout category. Full results here.
Hot Doug's encased meat emporium have been rejoicing all over the city today, but not about food; Hot Doug's has released a new line of t-shirts, and they are actually awesome.
How might the McDonald's of the future look?
Much more stylish. [ via]
Chicago's It Girl
Stephanie Izard will host a Friends of the James Beard Foundation
dinner at Girl & The Goat. If that's not enough capital letters for you, check out the lineup of guest chefs, breweries and producers she'll be featuring at the November 2 dinner.
The latest craft brewery in Chicago,
Finch's Beer, is still looking for a name for their flagship brew. Make the winning suggestion and you could win free beer for life.
Chef Art Smith -- of
Table Fifty-Two, Oprah, and Top Chef Masters fame -- is being inducted into the Chefs Hall of Fame by the Chicago Culinary Museum. And Mayor Daley has proclaimed September 30, the same day as the induction ceremony, to be "Chef Art Smith Day In Chicago."
Oh, and in other news, there's also a Chicago Culinary Museum.
The Tamale Guy is no longer the only game in town for late-night bar snacks sold out of a cooler:
Time Out Chicago introduces the Burger Guy. Wonder when he'll have his own tribute t-shirt, too.
Metromix runs the numbers on the various
Oktoberfest celebrations around town.
Beer lovers, here's your calendar: On Sept. 24, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation throws its
Festiv-Ale, a beer-soaked fundraiser for cystic fibrosis research. And on Oct. 9, the beer podcast HopCast is organizing a bike crawl to 10 breweries and brewpubs. Then on Oct. 22, Alphabeer returns with 26 new selections to sample.
I occasionally find myself putting together a gift basket of Chicago-based foods. I'm definitely
Roscoe's Tavern is in the running for TripOutGayTravel's
five best gay bars in the world list. Vote for it here.
We look at some new developments in the ever-complex "food desert" problem in the city in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Probably the best
review of The Girl and the Goat you'll ever read.
Chicagoist has a
two part tour of the Jelly Belly factory in North Chicago. While that factory isn't open to visitors, the one in Pleasant Prairie, WI is.
The Waffleizer blog, written by former GB contributor Daniel Shumski, came to an end last week with a post about the one thing he promised never to make with his waffle iron:
the thing it was intended for.
What was smuggled?
cookbook is set to come out later this month. Here's a story in The New York Times on it.
If you eat at five of
these restaurants, you could earn yourself a free ticket to Chicago Gourmet.
Chicago's nascent food trucks are
in the running to be on the next season of Food Network's "Great Food Truck Race." Vote for Chicago's Fired Up, Flirty Cupcakes, Gaztro-Wagon and Happy Bodega by selecting Chicago on the map, because we can't link to specific trucks.
Mark and Liz Mendez, until recently chef and wine director at
Carnivale, are planning a new restaurant and blogging about the process on WindyCitizen.
Chicago magazine's food critic spent the afternoon with
Nutraloaf, food for misbehaving inmates, a.k.a. " a thick orange lump of spite with the density and taste of a dumbbell."
Tomorrow is the
last day to vote in the VegNews 2010 Veggie Awards and give props to competing locals, including the Chicago Soy Dairy, The Chicago Diner, Karyn's on Green, Loving Hut and Karyn Calabrese. Oh, and you might win some prizes too.
Simple Sandwiches is getting ready to roll. Keep an eye on them via Twitter.
Bon Appetit just crowned Chicago
the nation's top spot for inexpensive eats. With Xoco, Big Star and Urban Belly -- and their infamous waits -- on the list, you should have plenty of time to scrounge up loose change. Takashi, Gene's Sausage Shop, Danny's, Franks 'n' Dawgs, Edzo's Burger Shop, and Floriole Cafe & Bakery also made the cut. Popularity, local/organic/seasonal ingredient sourcing, and general deliciousness notwithstanding, can we accurately call a $3 oatmeal cookie, a $13 bowl of ramen, or a $12 bowl of soup "cheap"? Discuss.
We head down to Bridgeport to celebrate a Croatian holiday and eat some delicious lamb in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Chicagoans spent just
a little above the national average on food in 2009, according to research by Cornell University. Enjoy lunch!
This Sunday, occasional GB
contributor John Greenfield will be signing copies of his book, , at Bars Across America: Drinking and Biking from Coast to Coast Lush Wine and Spirits, 1257 S. Halsted St. -- conveniently close to the Boulevard Bike Tour start/finish line. And if you stop into the new Rapid Transit Cycle Shop at 1305 S. Halsted, you can get a free Rapid Transit pint glass, which Lush will fill with free Half Acre beer at the reading.
Visit a small block of mammoth edible potential in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
If you missed
TEDxWindyCity back in February, you've got an opportunity to see a food-related mini version in October. Tickets are on sale now, and expected to sell out today.
Half Acre is getting a new brew master, and St. Louis a new brewery. [ via]
Did you know that Potbelly Sandwiches had
never signed a franchise deal until this week? Apparently the Lincoln Park store has held out for more than a decade, despite expanding into 40 cities and receiving some 6,000 hopeful franchise inquiries.
"meat-man parfait" is basically a giant plastic cup layered with scoops of barbecued pork or brisket, mashed potatoes and barbecue sauce. Ingest it for $7 at the Illinois State Fair -- I have a feeling there won't be much left once PETA finds out.
Grubwithus puts a social spin on dining deals: members buy seats at a group table, meaning you get to meet some new friends while you eat on the cheap. (Thanks, Lakshmi!)
yesssss. We visit a delicious downtown Amish bakery store in this week's Drive-Thru feature.
What do you get when you combine 60,000 people, a carnival and 50 tons of sweet corn? The
2010 Mendota Sweet Corn Festival, of course! The weekend event begins tomorrow, and don't forget the free Del Monte sweet corn on Sunday afternoon.
Wondering what's on the beer list at the bar you're heading to?
Here you go.
We take you through a Guerrilla Dinner from snout to tail in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
profiles Sarah Kavage, creator of Industrial Harvest, an "experiment to discover how an abstract 'wheat futures' contract connects to real wheat, real food and real people."
Kevin Pang asked a dozen chefs
what food is overrated, and five said pork. Is this the beginning of the end? (Two said hamburgers.) [ via]
A month after its namesake passed away,
Edna's has closed.
A misunderstanding with a city inspector nearly led to
all home-based CSA drop-off points becoming illegal.
We head north to Wisconsin to visit an environmentally conscious brewery in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
We all scream for the
2nd Annual Chicago Luxury Ice Cream Festival! That's right, there will be a glorious festival tomorrow and Saturday night where micro-creameries and local chocolatiers practically hose people down with hot fudge and caramel. Get tickets and details here.
In Drive-Thru, we've got details about
the third cupcake truck about to hit the streets, from More.
No need to hit a 4am bar before your red-eye flight soon: Bars at O'Hare and Midway
may never close if a change to Chicago's liquor granting airports exemptions passes the full City Council.
In other food news,
ESPN tracked down health department reports about food service providers for major stadiums around the country. At first, the Chicago stadiums look pretty clean, but then an important distinction emerges: Unlike most locales, Chicago health inspections were conducted when the food vendors were closed.
In the wake of
his tiff with Chicago magazine, Eater has an interview with Chef Graham Elliot Bowles about " MasterChef" and his personal life.
Local Korean-Mexican hybrids
Taco Chino and Del Seoul got some attention from the NY Times in its recent write-up of the Korean taco trend.
Hot Temper Hot Sauce is a locally mad, limited edition hot sauce with unique custom labels. They'll have a booth at Wicker Park Fest this coming weekend.
Never have the wrong number of
buns for your Chicago-style hot dog again! (Or, at least, it'll be your fault.)
Want to know
why Chicago has very few fruit-bearing trees on public property?
Ever wonder where they neon green relish came from? Did you know that yellow mustard started here?
Dining Chicago has your answers.
After six months of preparation, a cookbook
will be released on Friday authored by none other than the Chicago Cubs. features collected recipes and stories from players and coaches, and all proceeds will go to pitcher Ryan Dempster's Chicago Cubs Cookbook foundation, dedicated to helping those with the rare DiGeorge syndrome.
BaconFest was a one-off deal? No sir. The meat candy fest is already looking to 2011.
Cafe Mustache opened its Logan Square doors with an impressive lineup: Bleeding Heart pastries, Bridgeport Company coffee, Nice Cream ice cream and free Wi-Fi. Check it out at TimeOut Chicago.
Adding to the
long list of Pitchfork guides is this one, from the New York Times' T Magazine, geared more towards out-of-towners looking for places to eat and shop.
I hope you have some pink salt on hand for
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Following the announcement that
Chicago will get a Michelin Guide later this year, Esquire's John Mariani handicapped which restaurants would get coveted two- and three-star ratings.
The Signature Room in the Hancock has unexpected competition for the city's highest restaurant and bar -- from the Hancock Observatory, one floor below.
Chicago will be the third U.S. city to become the subject of a Michelin Guide. Last November, the New Yorker went undercover with one of Michelin's (in)famously anonymous inspectors.
A couple of McDonald's alums are working on a
new, healthier fast-casual chain.
We visit the French Pastry School in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
It's official: The recipe for starting a lengthy online discussion is to
malign or celebrate various Chicago pizzerias.
Irv & Shelly's Fresh Picks, a local produce delivery service, just won more than $80,000 from a highly competitive national USDA grant program that funds innovative small businesses. Irv & Shelly's delivers boxes of fruits, veggies and locally made foods to customers' doors -- owners will use the cash to improve the company's distribution network of farmers and CSAs.
Art Institute reminds us that it's air conditioned, has food and displays scary pictures of food that may remind you to take it easy at the Taste.
We've got recipes for your upcoming picnics and eat-offs in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
The very tasty
Co-Op Hot Sauce is made with hot peppers and other ingredients grown on the West Side, and the proceeds benefit youth arts education.
Threadcakes, the competition to make the best cake version of a Threadless t-shirt design, is open and ready for your votes.
Leah A. Zeldes of Dining Chicago argues that
meatloaf really is a summer food, and passes off a simple, delicious-sounding recipe from Chef Alfredo Anaya does at Dine in the West Loop. [ via]
Suburban culinary megacompany
Kraft Foods, Inc. is embarking on product and advertising realignment following its recent acquisition of Cadbury. The process provides some interesting insight into how multinational consumer product companies strategize global growth -- namely by selling sugary stuff to developing countries.
Obama toasted with a Goose Island 312 in a photo op with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the G-20 summit.
Some area residents are putting their money where there mouth is and
investing in local organic farms in order to help sustain their own pantries.
Mike Phillips won the 2010 World Barista Championship in London on Friday. Sounds like the Stanley Cup should pay a visit to Intelligentsia.
We visit a Chicago institution of encased meats in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Join me and writers from the Trib, Time Out Chicago, Sky Full of Bacon and other bosses of the trade for today's
Lunchbox liveblog chat at noon on Vocalo--we'll be talking about food truck legislation, the noshes that will be available at Lollapalooza and Taste of Chicago, and whatever else tickles our fancy.
Chicago Storytelling has a story about Felony Franks, the new hot dog stand on Western Avenue that employs ex-convicts to dish out its "misdemeanor wieners" through bullet-proof glass. Owner Jim Andrews is fighting the alderman to let his stand serve time.
Before you head to the
Taste of Chicago this year, you may want to download its pretty darned good official app [opens in iTunes].
what you'll eat at Lollapalooza? Big Star, Kuma's, Rockit and Hoosier Mama are among the options.
Lincoln Park's Wiener's Circle, described as "a microcosm of segregation in Chicago" and ranked 56th in journalist Catherine Price's highly subjective (nothing's unpleasant in France, really?) but admittedly entertaining
. At least it beat out 101 Places Not to See Before You Die New Jersey's Grover Cleveland Service Area?
Chicago certainly is home to
The Food of the Gods.
If you've tried everything your local ice cream truck has to offer, you can move on to more exotic frozen fare--like
xue hua bing, shaved ice from Taiwan now available at Cloud 9.
Phil Vettel considers
other Chicago politics themed frozen treats, inspired by Bobtail Ice Cream's Blago's Blues flavor.
Cafe Too is a place where the homeless and unemployed learn a valuable trade while they start a new chapter in their lives. We take a closer look at the program in this week's Drive-Thru feature.
The cafeteria in the Dirksen Federal Building offered a special today: "
The Innocent, aka Blago." Too bad we already had lunch.
Remember how Goose Island wanted help naming their latest beer? The winner is... Hefe-Hawks-Win. Try it for yourself at the RedEye/Metromix Tweet-up tomorrow.
Edna Stewart, owner of the legendary Edna's Restaurant on the West Side,
passed away on Friday. For background about Stewart, her restaurant and her role in the civil rights movement, check out this interview from the Southern Foodways Alliance Oral History Project.
Let's get into mushrooms, courtesy of
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Grub Street Chicago's put together a list of
Chicago's most expensive dishes. At the top of their list - TRU's Caviar Staircase, a tasting course of sturgeon caviars that costs a cool $280.
Rick Bayless will soon be
offering the menu from his recent state dinner at the White House at Topolobompo; check out photos of the courses here. Start calling for reservations.
The City's much-awaited food truck ordinance
is delayed yet again, but don't despair, 32nd Ward alderman Scott Waguespack says it's "the right plan." We think the right plan would have us buying tacos from a food truck right now.
The AV Club has
a round-up of notable candy and snack food from the 2010 Sweets & Snacks Expo (formerly the All Candy Expo), which happened in May at McCormick Place.
Bottlenotes is back with its
Around the World in 80 Sips wine tasting event at the MCA this Friday, June 11. And they've got a deal for GB readers: Use the code GAPERSBLOCK and get $10 off tickets!
Gridskipper's Star Map this month is
Grant Achatz's tour of his favorite Chicago eateries. He lauds The Bristol and The Drawing Room as some of his go-to restaurants.
In honor of National Candy Month, ABC News picked
Sarah's Pastries and Candies as one of the top candy stores in the country.
Glenwood Sunday Farmers Market debuts today, featuring all certified organic or transitioning vendors.
Oh hey, it's
National Do(ugh)nut Day. You know what that means? Free ones at Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme.
Learn more about an organic farming initiative that gets high school students away from the TV and into the fields in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Smoke Daddy wants you to name its new smoker, offering a free BBQ party for 20 people to whomever creates the winning moniker. Head to the restaurant, write down your favorite names, and you'll be entered to win, but make sure you pick a name to match its power -- the 5,000 lb. beast can smoke 432 ribs at once. The contest is open June 14 through the 30th, and BBQ lovers can suggest up to three names.
We learn that you can get a decent meal at Navy Pier in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Food smells are a regular annoyance in office kitchens -- and everyone has their personal
stinky pet peeves.
The Wall Street Journal reports that investor C. Dean Metropoulos has purchased Woodridge-based Pabst, makers of PBR, Schlitz, Old Style and plenty other "old man" beers. His sons, Evan (29) and Daren (26) are expected to have a role. Here's a bit of background on the Metropoulos boys.
If BaconFest didn't cure you of your bacon fetish, maybe
this special deal will help.
Your home can taste a lot more like
1955 W. Belmont, thanks to the release of Bleeding Heart Bakery's first cupcake cookbook. Try your hand ahead of time with the recipe for Infamous Spinach and Apple Cupcakes shared with No One Puts Cupcake in a Corner.
Futuristic vending machines have been
getting a lot of attention lately, and events at the (other) NRA show didn't buck the trend. One vending machine from the show will hit Chicago this summer with the ability to mix Coke with Fanta, lemonade or about a dozen other flavors to your specification.
Goose Island wants your help
naming its latest brew, a hefeweizen. Bragging rights aren't all you'll win if they pick yours.
On June 9, Ald. Scott Waguespack plans to
introduce an ordinance allowing food trucks of the sort that roam LA and New York. He made the announcement at a National Restaurant Association panel discussing food truck culture.
exploring Chicago's wealth of margaritas in Drive-Thru this summer. Suggestions welcome.
amassed under a wicker table in Oak Park today in an obvious attempt to induce the heebie jeebies. [ Amityville Horror-like gathering of bees via]
Ronald McDonald is
Gizmodo.com writer Mark Wilson
explains why a single Twitter update from Rick Bayless resulted in him canceling a reservation at Topolobampo.
Perhaps you've reached
Bayless saturation by now, but the official White House dinner press release is actually a pretty interesting read.
Looking for some foamy action?
Chicago Beer Week kicks off today and runs through the weekend.
Atom Banana is one of the country's largest wholesalers of bananas. In Drive-Thru, Cinnamon writes about appealing ways to use them.
Raw food gets back onto the plate again in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Chicago's least favorite condiment is getting a
makeover. Heinz is reportedly changing their ketchup recipe. The move comes as part of the company's efforts to be more health-conscious. Don't worry, though; your Chicago Dog's recipe remains unaltered.
Our own Cinnamon Cooper's new cookbook,
, isn't in stores until June 18, but it starts shipping Everything Cast Iron from Amazon on Monday.
Former Cicero town president Betty Loren-Maltese
has left her job as a hostess at Salerno's in Oak Park. Maybe she's looking to get in on the food truck trend?
Daley Plaza Farmers Market opens today, rain or shine.
Kevin Pang has created a "Chinese Guy's Guide to Eating in Chinatown." It's in tomorrow's print Trib, but you can
preview it on Facebook. (Compare and contrast with Time Out Chicago's guide from two weeks ago.)
Rick Bayless, the chef behind Topolobampo and the new Xoco, will prepare the Obama administration's second state dinner in honor of Mexican president Felipe Calderón.
This Friday (the 14th) at 10am, within
the Chopping Block, aspiring French chefs can receive a first hand introduction into the greatest of all culinary arts. The class will focus on some independent cook book titled "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" from an unknown author by the name of Julia Child. Registration for "Mastering the Art of Julia Child" is $85 and spots are filling up.
Foursquare has made an unlikely alliance with Crain's Chicago Business to deliver restaurant recommendations for your next business lunch, based on your location.
Join Northwestern PhD student Michaela DeSoucey and the
Culinary Historians of Chicago tomorrow at 10am at Kendall College to discuss her dissertation comparing the foie gras debates in the States versus France.
We look at how restaurants create their playlists for your enjoyment in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Booze: coming soon to a
beach near you?
From the "Unnecessarily Large Food Department" comes the
3.5 pound chimichanga at Dos Diablos in River North. In case you had $25 and an didn't know where to go for your Day-After-Cinco-de-Mayo lunch. Enjoy the slide show.
What some would call a quintessentially Midwest food is now available through Le Cordon Bleu graduate
"Johnny Casserole"'s delivery service.
The team behind Alinea have announced two new projects:
Next: and Aviary, a restaurant that offers tickets instead of reservations, and a cocktail bar. A few more details here.
Fans of pint-sized confections should hit
Bleeding Heart Bakery tonight at 8pm (on your way to our Get-Together, of course) to meet Johnny Cupcakes on his tour across America.
It's a gorgeous day outside, which means that seasonal produce will be coming back soon. Learn more about how to eat and buy locally in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
If you don't have dinner plans yet, make them: Tonight you're
Dining Out for Life.
The Reader's big story this week sums up the legislative situation for getting food trucks on the streets of Chicago. Meanwhile, Time Out reports that a new cupcake truck will be hitting the road this weekend.
Alinea is now the
seventh best restaurant in the world, and best in North America, according to the annual World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
Time Out Chicago is throwing its weight behind legalizing
food trucks in Chicago, with Street Food Now!, a portal to the magazine's coverage of the movement.
Tequila drinking gets more refined in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
coming after McDonald's for its support of the poultry industry with a new ad that appears in today's Tribune -- featuring Bea Arthur and the phrase "roll over in her grave."
Want the taste of
Alinea at a fraction of the cost? Reproduce the menu with jelly beans. [ via]
Don't eat meat, but still want in on the latest fast food abomination? A
local young lady and her boyfriend help you out with their meatless version of the KFC sandwich.
Local comic book artist and hot dog aficionado Lucy Knisley gets interviewed in Book Club as part of the ongoing series One-Shots.
Time Out Chicago wrote about
the only legal gourmet-style food truck in the city right now in last week's issue -- and the attention is getting All Fired Up hassled.
Chicagoist's Anthony Todd rants about
food delivery fees.
Perhaps even more controversial than the 40 best songs list, Chicago magazine's
40 Greatest Chicago Restaurants Ever list has people abuzz. Sky Full of Bacon offers a couple corrections.
musical lineup for Taste of Chicago has been announced. Highlights include Rob Thomas and Salt-n-Pepa.
It's theoretically illegal to have alcohol in the parks -- but Mayor Daley wants to
make it easier to drink, if it'll increase city revenue.
Chicagoans have a delicious way to depart from traditional department store wedding registries with newly-launched
Foodie Registry, which features gift certificates for local restaurants like BOKA and one sixtyblue. Here's a short profile of the site on Crain's.
Frozen yogurt favorite
Berry Chill has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, reportedly based on poor location choice. All locations will remain open for now.
Foodie the App is now available to those of us without iPhones: the web version of the discount deal app is live and fully functional.
Whether you're celebrating or trying to forget, make tacos a part of your April 15th. Taco Del Mar (3955 N. Broadway) is giving one away:
head to the website to print out your coupon.
Terzo Piano chef and Top Chef Masters contestant, dominated the second season's debut challenges. Judge the dishes yourself at Terzo Piano through the end of the month.
We have some ways to take advantage of the strawberry surplus in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Stay dry while getting sloshed with a
pub crawl via Chicago's subterranean Pedway. [Bonus: A map of the system for your designated navigator. Plus, GB's '04 Detour through the tunnels.]
Ever watch the Amazing Race and think you could do it -- if it weren't for the jetlag? Take part in the
River North Sleep Around Challenge, and you won't even need to leave the 312 area code. The Challenge Starts at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza and ends up at Martini Park. Along the way, there are stops at seven hotels that will provide challenges and refreshments. Lots of prizes will be offered. Tickets available from the River North Business Association.
Local comic book artist
Sarah Becan chronicles getting healthier in a sort of sequential weight loss diary. Good for anyone who likes beer and delicious food but is trying to slim down, and/or enjoys sweet, autobiographical, journal-style comics.
the Zombie Pub Crawl is back. Sign-up opens this Saturday for the April 24 invasion of Andersonville.
Forget bar and pub:
Chicago Bites' cupcake crawl is where it's at. [ via]
Whether you're a fan of Butler, Michigan State, Duke or West Virginia, there's a bar in Chicago for you.
Here's where to drink among friends this weekend.
upscale food truck trend is heating up across the country, and now chicagofoodtrucks.com is gathering opinions and support for an ordinance that would open the city to the mobile eateries. Time Out Chicago launches its own Street Food Now campaign this month.
the breaking news over at Drive-Thru. Also, a new CSA arrives on the scene.
A couple of days after the
Cakegirls building burned, Mary and Brenda Maher are contemplating their next steps.
Milwaukee-based grocery chain Roundy's plans to open
a grocery store in the Loop next year. It'll be called Mariano's, after the company's CEO -- who used to run Dominick's before it was purchased by Safeway.
A new movement is afoot to bring gourmet food trucks like they have in many other cities to Chicago. Share your thoughts at
Speaking of fires, Lao Sze Chuan was the victim of a blaze this morning, too. There go my Friday night dinner plans. [ via]
A local food bank explains why you need to help now in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Tonight from 6pm to 9pm, chef and
Drive-Thru contributor Alan Lake will be doing a cooking demo at the Kenmore Live Studio, 678 N. Wells. Come be part of the studio audience (and maybe swing by the GB Get-Together nearby afterward!) or watch live on Facebook.
Speaking of coffee cups, Save the Cups is a locally based effort to encourage people not not waste paper cups at coffee shops. Sign up and log how many cups you save.
A Fresh Squeeze checks out
which Chicago coffee shops give discounts to customers who provide their own mugs.
Does First Lady (and South Side girl) Michelle Obama really prefer New York style pizza to Chicago deep dish? The folks at
Grimaldi's in Brooklyn seem to think so.
Aron Pobereskin has worked at Alinea, Lockwood, Moto, Graham Elliot Schwa and Perennial. He's 16 years old. [ via]
Is it OK for a blogger to review a restaurant based on one meal? Is anyone else surprised
this question is still being asked?
Beer gets solidified in the
Odd Pairs dish concocted by Jared Rouben ( Goose Island Clybourn) and Emiliano Pimentel Morado ( L2O). Watch the granita form over at NBCChicago's Feast.
Each day during
Chicago Chef Week, which runs through Sunday, we'll be sharing a menu from a participating restaurant in Drive-Thru. First up: Big Jones.
Ever wonder what beer tasted like before Prohibition? You'll get your chance -- sort of -- when
MillerCoors test-markets a new brew here later this spring.
As the owner of the Boston Blackies chain goes to jail, the owner of Blackies -- the original, in Printers Row -- hopes
the confusion over their names fades away.
Street vendors band together for better working conditions in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Bleeding Heart Bakery is the most recent party to one of three lawsuits [pdf] against the review site yelp. They're even making anti-yelp cupcakes in celebration.
Hudsonville Ice Cream is coming to Chicagoland; it'll be in Jewel stores March 22.
We find out that the Quad Cities have some good eats in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture just released a new interactive dataset called the
Food Environment Atlas, where one can look at county level data on everything from access to grocery stores to the price of savory snacks. If you're not interested in playing on the site, the Trib did a summary of Chicago area data with some pretty interesting results.
Surprise: Most of the food in Chicago's Irish pubs
isn't very Irish.
If you decide to spend a couple hours waiting for a table at Kuma's sometime in the future you may see some interesting artwork courtesy of the sous chef from another of Chicago's great restaurants, Mado. It's clear evidence of their
"whole beast" philosophy.
Are you the master of
flip cup? Form a team of four (or sign up solo and meet new friends) for Flip Madness — a flip cup tournament on 3/27 at Mad River benefiting Rock for Kids. Beer, food, entertainment provided. Details in Slowdown.
Learn more about next weekend's Family Farmed Expo in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Speaking of beer, Goose Island's
Oatmeal Stout is tops in Serious Eats' book. More foodie links in Drive-Thru.
Word has it that a new beer--a product of a collaboration between the glorious Half Acre and Three Floyds breweries--is fermenting somewhere in Chicago right now.
Drive-Thru staff spent last night slaving over three soups for you to try at Soup and Bread at the Hideout tonight from 5:30-8pm. The soup's free! (Donations appreciated.)
announced the chefs involved in the April 10 bacon mayhem -- and that tickets go on sale March 4 at noon. Be ready!
William Shunn, Marcus Leshock, and Kyra Kyles get their Irish up over the dilution of McDonald's shamrock shakes with whipped cream and cherries. And now I'm picturing myself explaining shamrock shakes to my ancestors arriving on Ellis Island.
You may not have missed Restaurant Week after all. Several of the participating venues are
still offering their prix fixe menus. Check the A.V. Club's deal calculator to find the best (and avoid the worst) values.
...and other kitchen gadgets we can live without in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
The Fifty50 and CoachHouse are Chicago's entrants in
Thrillist's "Bar Madness" contest to determine the best sports bar in America.
Trib reviews recent research on the disparities in compensation, working conditions and demographic characteristics for those who work in the front of the restaurant compared to those who work in the back.
It may still be winter, but BBQ is always a good idea. Get your grub on and help raise funds to aid the return of
Scotland Yard Gospel Choir to the stage at Darkroom tomorrow night. Food by Man-B-Que. Live music and DJs galore. Details in Transmission.
A stolen bike investigation leads to the discovery of some great street food in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Drinks Over Dearborn is trying to raise money to stay open with an interesting proposal; if you're likely to spend $100 on booze or mixology classes in the next few months, why not pay it in advance? [ via]
Finance Committee Chairman Edward Burke
drafted a citywide ban of Styrofoam today. If approved by City Council, Chicago Public Schools will have to find another way to serve lunch.
homemade egg rolls, silly! We've got the details in Drive-Thru.
The James Beard Foundation named
Calumet Fisheries as one of its 2010 American Classics. It joins Tufano's Vernon Park Tap and The Berghoff (pre-closure) as Chicago's only restaurants to earn the title.
We've got a round-up of some of
the best Valentine's Day events and offers in Drive-Thru.
Valentine's Day approaches: show your love with
heart- shaped pizza, available at a surprising (surprisingly awesome) number of locations.
GB flickr pool contributor (and today's Rearview photographer), looked out his window last night to see Greektown restaurant Costa's in flames. Another contributor, Michelle Wotkun, headed down to get a closer view.
Eat Shop Guide to Chicago came out recently; it's yet another guidebook to cool stuff in the city.
Speaking of the Green Line, Goose Island is set to
debut a new environmentally friendly "Green Line Pale Ale" tomorrow.
Drive-Thru contributor Christian reports that beloved Wicker Park coffeehouse
Filter officially opened this morning in its new home, 1373 N. Milwaukee Ave. Stay tuned for more info in Drive-Thru.
We bring you part two of our homebrewing how-to in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Looking for some different indoor fun as January slogs into February? Local brewery
Half Acre Beer Company offers free tours every Saturday at 1pm. Contact info [at] halfacrebeer [dot] com to register.
Tonight is Burns Night, when Scots around the world (and particularly Scotland) enjoy scotch whisky and haggis in tribute to poet Robert Burns. Currently, your primary source for haggis in the States has been
Stahly Quality Foods here in Chicago, but soon you may see true Scottish haggis here soon if the current ban is lifted. (Interested in celebrating Burns Night? Head to The Globe Pub tonight at 8pm.
Two U of C grads stick around the neighborhood to open up a produce market that goes the distance in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Half Acre Beer is celebrating the release of its Baumé chocolate stout in growler form by holding a contest to be a "celebrity sausage" at Hot Doug's next week.
Time Out Chicago's annual
cheap issue is out this week, and MyOpenBar's Chicago editor pitches in with a list of budget drink deals.
Crain's Chicago Business lists
10 local ways you can aid the relief effort for Haiti. [ via]
This Saturday, several of Chicago's beloved bakeries and celebrated sweet shops will join forces for a
charity bake sale, hosted by Medici on 57th. All proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam for their ongoing relief efforts in Haiti.
Asian carp, the potential bane of the Great Lakes,
will soon be marketed as "silverfin" at grocery stores.
Want to learn how to set up a home brewery?
This week's Drive-Thru feature will help you (get drunk).
The African Sausage Tree (
Kigelia africana) at the Lincoln Park Conservatory is bearing 20-pound fruits. Fun fact: the fresh "sausage" is poisonous, causes mouth blisters, and acts as a laxative. No sampling.
Restaurants and bars around the city are teaming up to make it easy for you to help relief efforts in Haiti simply by eating out (which also happens to help the local economy.) Grub Street Chicago has
a list of restaurants doing their part, and in Drive-Thru, you'll find a list of restaurants collaborating with the Heartland Alliance in a fundraiser, as well as details about Monday night's concert and bake sale at the Hideout.
I know when I want a steak, nothing is better than a
Michael Jordan signature steak. They go great with my Mike Ditka wine.
Fruit slinger and occasional Drive-Thru contributor Daniel Shumski takes an often-ignored kitchen appliance to new heights with his new cooking blog, Waffleizer.
Learn more about the new Logan Square Co-op in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Roger Ebert eloquently describes
not being able to eat or drink anymore, as well as the conversations that occur around a dinner table. (Share what flavors you'd miss most in Fuel.)
Our fearless and refined staffers share their best eats of 2009 in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Jim Mullen, a Chicago cop who was shot in the line of duty and left paralyzed, is finding a new life
selling a family recipe apple sauce.
Looks like one of the city's
most iconic burger joints is seeking a long-term line cook. If you can keep from salivating on your keyboard to apply, I'm sure there's tons of taste testing involved in training, you know, to make sure it's done right.
We delve deeper into the connection between food and togetherness in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
January tends to suffer from the cold-weather, post-holiday doldrums, so the Local Tourist has organized
its first Restaurant Week, with more than a dozen restaurants offering three-course meals for only $25 at lunch or $35 at dinner. Ten percent of each meal benefits pediatric cancer foundation Endure To Cure.
The Sun-Times raises a glass to the
glogg being served up at Simon's Tavern in Andersonville, as owner Scott Martin gives the inside scoop on the tradition. * "God Jul" is Swedish for "Merry Christmas."
Yes, you can even eat the lions at the Art Institute's
Homemade candy, that is.
This week's Drive-Thru feature will take you to a magical place where candy canes are plentiful and easily made in your own kitchen...
Cliff Doerksen reminisces about
an out-of-favor holiday treat in this week's Reader feature, which doubles as an intro to his new blog on historical oddities.
USDA raided Frontera/Topolobampo/Xoco and plan to visit North Pond -- on the basis of sharing a meat supplier with two North Shore guys who make and sell their own bacon and sausage, as reported in a recent Reader story by Mike Sula. UDPATE: Or maybe it wasn't the USDA. Sula's updated the story.
If you keep Kosher,
you can now enjoy Tootsie Rolls, DOTS and many other Tootsie Roll Industries candies. Oh, and their website has some classic commercials you'll likely remember fondly.
Chicago Mag's dining staff and The Reader's Mike Sula posted their picks for 2009's best cookbooks today. Good gift suggestions for the cook in your life.
What does an architect's gingerbread house look like? The Trib
finds out -- and lets you bid on the results or make your own. (Thanks, Dee!)
Taking a page (or is that card?) from
à la card Chicago, the new Drink Deck gives you 52 $10 gift certificates to Chicago bars of all sorts.
Should you be in the mood for a couple of lobsters, truffles, or a "giant wheel of brie," look no further than the
Chicago French Market. We've got a first look report in Drive-Thru.
the annual holiday outdoor market in Daley Plaza and it's the wurst -- in a good way! The details are in this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Speaking of gift-giving, the 2010 edition of
à la card Chicago is now available, giving you 52 $10 gift certificates to local restaurants for just $30.
The Chicago News Cooperative has a
story on the only two "artisan distilleries" in Chicago -- both, coincidentally, are family ventures.
The New York Times
discovers the latest hot restaurants in Chicago, including Paul Kahan's new Big Star, Xoco, a certain heavy metal burger bar and America's best pizza.
If you want to liven up your holiday dinners, forego the Settlers of Catan tournament and go with serving a Standing Ribeye Roast. We got the details in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Chicago native Jose Garces brought the city even more culinary acclaim as he walked away with the title
"The Next Iron Chef" in the Food Network reality series contest.
All this focus on dinner eclipses the most important meal of the day, as we point out
in this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Kids Eat For is a web site that features "Kids eat free" and other food specials for kids at nearby restaurants. Click here for deals in Chicago.
Is Chicago BBQ better than Memphis?
Michael Nagrant thinks so.
After work snack alert:
The Billy Goat Tavern celebrates its 75th anniversary today with 75-cent cheezborgers and beers. (If you followed us on Twitter, you'd have heard two days ago.)
Just a reminder, this Sunday is Bleeding Heart Bakery's grand opening for their Oak Park location: free mini cupcakes, donut holes, and a birthday cake raffle. Keep up with the tasty goings-on here.
If you do, you should
check out the videos GB reader Anna sent us documenting the Wicker Park coffeehouse's last weeks and the interesting folks who worked and hung out there.
A nonprofit started by an award-winning chef is helping make fresh farmers market produce available in Chicago's low-income communities.
Alan Lake has the story in Drive-Thru.
Culinary Culture is a new social network for "serious and aspiring foodies" launched today by Threadless cofounder Jakob DeHart and his wife, Mischa.
Want to keep up the locavore lifestyle this winter? The Local Beet has your
guide to winter eating.
OK, food stamps aren't involved, but a variety of organizations in the Chicago area and elsewhere
are providing assistance to families who are having a hard time buying food for their pets.
There are just
five days left to donate to help make the beautiful Soup and Bread Cookbook happen. If you were (and/or are) a fan of this delicious and fun project at the Hideout last winter, help them out by making a donation to offset the printing costs.
We've got a new regular feature in Drive-Thru starting today:
The Dog Show, an exploration of the city's hundreds of hot dog stands. First up, Superdawg.
Starting Monday, Chicago locations of Dunkin' Donuts
will offer a new 99-cent menu. Keep an eye out for Dunkin' employees handing out $2 gift cards on your morning commute.
this website devoted to pictures of Chicago-style food. It won't help your situation, but it sure is beautiful.
LTHForum's ronnie_suburban lost
his bet that a coworker couldn't survive for a month eating nothing but sausage pizza. The Trib has a writeup, DiningChicago has a list of local pizzerias the victor sampled.
Elementary school students in Oak Park, Naperville and Villa Park are learning early about making "
zero impact" on their environment. They're recycling, composting food scraps after lunch and sending far less trash to area landfills.
A trip to Argentina is a lesson in their many drinks in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Element Bars, a local customizable energy bar company, got a big boost from a recent appearance on the reality show "Shark Tank."
Organic in Chicago is a site devoted to organic eating and living in the city.
In Will County, you can get out of community service for
$50 worth of jerk chicken.
Which Chicago bars would the characters from "Cheers" hang out at?
AV Club Chicago has your answers.
imminent closure of the 61st Street Community Garden is getting a lot of attention from the media, with the Trib and Sun-Times augmenting weeks of coverage in the Hyde Park Herald and the Invisible Institute's Garden Conversations.
Chicago-based crowd coupon site
Groupon has started a fundraiser for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. A few clicks and a few bucks could bring someone in need a Thanksgiving meal.
If you live in Wicker Park, pay close attention to the ticket on your car --
it might get you free hot wings.
Grubstreet Chicago is (justifiably) wondering what the hell is going on in this
advertisement for the Dana Hotel's Aja restaurant. Fans of sci-fi/horror B-movies know all too well what's coming next. Let's rock, before we blast that thing out of the sky!
Food becomes more visual through the
Bluebird's new dining and art series. We take a deeper look in this week's Drive-Thru feature.
"Mike G's Rules for Better Dining", a video from Michael Gebert of Sky Full of Bacon inspired by Michael Pollan's dietary rules recently featured in the New York Times.
Garrett's Popcorn is
celebrating the reopening of its Mag Mile store, 625 N. Michigan Ave., tomorrow starting at 10am. They're giving away free bags of popcorn, so expect a long line -- just like old times.
Logan Square favorite
Lula Cafe plans to " dress up" as another local gem this Halloween: Hot Doug's. I wonder if the menu of encased meats will be named after the dead, the undead or simply those whose careers have flatlined. ( via)
Felony Franks gets the Wall Street Journal's attention for its battle against neighbors and Ald. Fioretti.
Crain's has an interview with skinnyCorp co-founder Jacob DeHart who's launching a new startup business website later this month: CulinaryCulture.com.
We visit a local gourmet spice company in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Chicago is yours for the drinking, thanks to
Cityscape Bar's new Architectural Martini Tour, an alcoholic ode to some of the Loop's best known buildings.
We head to a fancy schmancy wine dinner in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
And if you're near Michigan Avenue, you can get some
free candy from Mars today till 6pm.
The smell of popcorn wafting from
Garrett's, so familiar to Loop workers, prompted someone (presumably a tourist) to call out the fire department this morning. Must've been a particularly dark batch of caramel corn.
OK, all of you
Chick-Fil-A cultists, get ready to cluck for joy. The much-ballyhooed restaurant chain is moving a step closer to Chicago. They're going to open one in Orland Park.
never far from a McDonald's -- unless you're in South Dakota. More in Drive-Thru.
The co-owner of
New Leaf Natural Grocery gives the lowdown on her first underground dinner.
Lori Barrett goes north to Wisconsin for some family fun, weird neighbors and great-tasting beer in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
GrubHub, which has been expanding into other cities, recently got a competitor on its home turf: Eat24Hours.
Oprah effect may go beyond books, products, musicians. The next episode on the continuing saga of "It's Oprah's world and we just live in it": Local restaurants and certain chefs are seeing an Oprah bump, according to 312 Dining Diva.
Don't plan on going to Hot Doug's on October 7:
they'll be in New York showing them Yankees how it's done.
A new website,
direct2food.org, helps the needy find social services including food pantries and soup kitchens.
Chris Brunn sits down with chef Ryan Poli of
Perennial to discuss their new (delicious-looking) vegan menu offering in this week's Drive-Thru feature.
The Green City Market's
Locavore Challenge starts today: to participate, simply commit to, as much as possible, eating food grown or produced in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan or Wisconsin for the next two weeks.
Baconfest Chicago has decided to postpone their pork extravaganza until April 10, 2010 due to lack of funding. However, the Baconfest VIP Bacon Cookoff is still on and will take place on October 24th at the Publican.
Sidetrack the best gay bar in the world? Gay travel site tripOut thinks it's a contender; you can have your say as part of their Gay Travel Awards. [ via]
Among all the other stuff going on this long weekend, you should try to make it to
Taste of Polonia, which will open your mind to what Polish food can be -- and features the musical stylings of Poland's Sidney Polak among others.
So, how well is enforcement of the "Twix clause" in the brand new candy tax going?
Not so well, first day out. (Twix clause? Any candy containing flour is exempt from the increase. Here's a list of other surprising items landing on one side or the other.)
Don't miss out on a
free gyro tomorrow, courtesy of our very own Kronos Foods, Inc (thanks for the tip, Jough).
Speaking of Alinea, you can watch Grant Achatz and team planning the fall meeting on JustinTV. Follow live @Gachatz on Twitter for heads up on future broadcasts. UPDATE: Well, that was quick. They finished the meeting just after noon, but promise to be back Saturday night around 8:45pm for about an hour. Tune in!
Andie Thomalla heads out of the city for a decadent farm dinner (with some Shakespeare and microgreen gardening thrown in) in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Absolut is rolling out a series of
city-themed vodkas, and Grub Street Chicago asks, what would Chicago-flavored vodka taste like?
Alinea partner Nick Kokonas has been
blogging on Gizmodo about some of the technology used in the restaurant, including a failed attempt at making culinary snow.
The Tribune's "
Cheeseburger Bureau Chief," Kevin Pang, host of CLTV's The Cheeseburger Show--which launched new episodes today--beefs up Chicagoans on extraordinary burgers. This week takes Pang to the (gasp) burbs.
Coudal points us to a fantastic Budweiser commercial shot on the El (mostly the Brown Line), for the Irish beer drinking market if the URL attached to it is any indication. UPDATE: The Sun-Times gets the backstory on the ad.
We have a nice guide to good eats in Michigan and Indiana for your next trip in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
According to the
Economist, in Chicago it takes just 12 minutes of work time to pay for a Big Mac. Compare that to Nairobi where it takes about 2.5 hours to earn a special sauce fix. ( via).
As Chicago Mag's Jeff Ruby highlights the
30 best burgers in Chicago, he was hit with a consequential downside to his summer burger epic.
The New York Times Dining section reports on last year's banning of
ice cream trucks from the 18th Ward and modern parents annoyed with ice-cream-demanding toddlers and chain-smoking, shirtless, and burping ice cream vendors.
Do you love both pugs and wine? You might want to check out Alpanah Singh's
Pug Chug this Saturday at Juicy Wine Co. For $45, you get a wine tasting, tasty food and a silent auction, all to benefit pug rescue.
Researchers have found that eating Great Lakes fish is associated with the development of diabetes
because of DDE, the metabolite of DDT.
For foodies and boozers around Chicago,
Wait Watcher tweets wait times at key restaurants and bars. Developed by the Onion's AV Chicago section, local restaurant-goers can text or call in wait times to help their fellow diners.
Chicago Tomato Fest says, "This may be a 'Reduced Services Day' for the City, but it's an 'Increased BLT Day' for us." Make an old-school BLT and enter their contest, or just find a tasty one at participating restaurants. (More about the fest here.)
Seems like a few bloggers are stirring up controversy over something many Chicago residents have known for years:
Rick Bayless cooks delicious Mexican food. [ via] Read further thoughts in Drive-Thru.
It's hot outside, but it's still a good time for a bowl of (chilled) soup in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Southport Grocery and Cafe just announced their next Secret Supper, to be held Thurs., August 20 at 7pm. What will you get to eat? It's a secret! Call 773-665-0100 lickety-split to secure a spot.
Scooter's Frozen Custard put some plastic chairs out on the sidewalk for patrons to sit. The City told them to stop. Patrons organized. The alderman is now intervening. ( A much more interesting version of the tale.)
Apparently a humorless
Market Days visitor was so upset about the labeling of the Chicago Diner's tip jar as "Sarah Palin Retirement Fund," they're calling for an investigation of the Diner for "impersonating a charitable fund" and not revealing the jar would go to tips...
Chris Brunn talks with
Vella Cafe's Sara Voden about the upcoming closure of the Bucktown eatery, the inspiration for her cooking, and plans for the future in this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Small Tabs, the latest site dedicated to helping you bar hop on the cheap.
Fork and the Road, a "bike and dining adventure" series, got a nice write-up in the Trib today.
Hopleaf finally gets the green-light on adding some much-needed space a sister restaurant next door. Now how long before THAT spot gets filled wall to wall? (via Edgewater Community Buzz)
Nick Kindelsperger of
The Paupered Chef has been highlighting the best stand-up eating in Chicago for Serious Eats.
Sky Full of Bacon shows you
how fresh fish makes it to Chicago and your table.
Want to drink in some history? The Chicago Bar Project has a list of
still-active bars that were once Prohibition era speakeasies.
VF Daily's Society & Style blog asked some of the country's top chefs to take on the recipes of the late, great Julia Child. Chicago's own Graham Elliot Bowles
presents a terrine based on Child's vichyssoise.
An at-home science project yields delicious conclusions in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
Ever wonder who designed the
Hot Doug's logo? It was Caged Tomato, Bake and Destroy interviewed her recently about her influences, baked goods and more.
One reason to return to Macy's:
Frango mints are once again being produced in Chicago. The start of production will be announced today by Macy's and South Side candy company Cupid Candies.
How long is the line at Hot Doug's? What's the wait like at Kuma's? Are the lines crazy at Costco?
Decider decided to help you find out without having to be there -- follow @WaitWatcher and get updates from people in line at popular places.
It's the time of the year for the
Veggie Awards survey -- vote for locals such as the Chicago Diner,
Bleeding Heart Bakery and
Chicago Soy Dairy.
Although it's not hard to catch him smoking in front of the Tribune Tower or having a burger at Billy Goat,
100 lucky Tribune print subscribers will schmooze and make beer-can chicken with legendary columnist John Kass Aug. 1 at the Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton.
If you're an all-or-nothing type when it comes to eating healthier, we have some tips on how to break the mold by incorporating a few new, smart foods into your diet in
this week's Drive-Thru feature.
If your idea of summer sauce is Knob Creek, get ready for disappointment. The Deerfield-based distributor says
massive demand for the nine-year-aged American whiskey could mean limited supplies until the next batch is ready in November.
Photos from last night's Iron Cupcake event. Also, Chicago Bites reports that the cupcake baking challenge is now a monthly event. Woo hoo!
National Hot Dog Month -- and why wouldn't it be especially significant in the Windy City? Nothing screams "National Pastime" quite like tube-stuffed, processed chicken, beef and/or pork trimmings. So, go out and celebrate.
Chicago Reporter investigation found that even though the Taste of Chi