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Dining news: "Dinner Party" Oct. 27; Cicchetti closes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Oct. 27 installment of "The Dinner Party" will feature Chef Paul Virant of Vie & Perennial Virant cooking for Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater, film director Joe Swanberg, singer/Chicago Force quarterback Sami Grisafe and host Elysabeth Alfano—and the public at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., at 6:30 p.m. Visit http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/fear-no-art-presents-the-dinner-party-10-27-14.html. —Cicchetti—the lauded Italian restaurant in the Northwestern ...


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DISH: SAVOR Umami Burger; Acanto - Umami Burger Wicker Park ( 1480 N. Milwaukee Ave.; https://www.facebook.com/UmamiWickerPark ro www.umamiburger.com/ ) is one of the latest franchises of a chain established in California, New York and Nevada. A recent visit left a friend and me with a positive experience, overall, although there are some aspects that indicate it's still a work in progress. The truffled beet salad ( ...


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Dining news: Hot Doug's replacement; Chefs Hall of Fame - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —As early as Dec. 1, Frank Meats Patty is expected to move into the iconic Avondale space at California and Roscoe that Hot Doug's occupied, according to an NBC Chicago item. Hot Doug's closed its doors for good Oct. 4. Owner Doug Sohn said he has to vacate the building by Nov. 1, adding he plans to auction off the ...


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Sugar & Spice: Brunch at Trenchermen - If you've tired of the typical Sunday morning pancakes-and-eggs drill, shake up your brunch routine with a trip to Trenchermen, where breakfast classics are cleverly upgraded and reinterpreted. Trenchermen's ( far superior ) version of the Egg McMuffin, for instance, pairs fluffy scrambled eggs with a juicy slice of deliciously salty corned beef, topped with melted Gruyere. Meat lovers hit ...


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Dining news: Sous chef battle; new Andersonville spot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The restaurant 312 Chicago, 136 N. LaSalle St., celebrates Italian Heritage Month with its first annual "Battle of the Sous Chefs" with Luis Silva and Juan Ramirez. Each sous chef is battling it out to win a spot for his appetizer and dessert recipes on 312 Chicago's upcoming winter menu. Dishes include pan-roasted jumbo calamari; crab and shrimp with kale; ...


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Dario Franchitti appears at rare craft event - Former race-car driver and native Scot Dario Franchitti has turned curator, selecting the items for The Balvenie 2nd Annual Rare Craft Collection, a traveling gallery that stopped in Chicago Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Gallery 1028. People took in the exhibition items—which included a handmade coffee table built with gears of a race car, specially crafted bagpipes, boots and a saddle ...


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Renowned chef brings spice and Suzy Wong - Arnold Myint was on vacation last summer at a friend's lake estate in Idaho when and where he befriended the owners of Taverna 750, a Lake View restaurant known for its shared-plate menu. They didn't talk too much business since it was, after all, a vacation. But when Myint visited Chicago over the past year or so, he stopped by ...


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DISH: SAVOR River Roast - River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St., has a lot to live up to. For starters, it's in the spot that Fulton's on the River occupied—a restaurant that so impressed this diner and his friend that the banana cream pie literally brought a tear to the eye of said dining companion. Also, would the team of award-winning chefs Tony Mantuano and ...


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DISH: SAVOR Treble-Maker Grill at 27 Live - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In case you can't tell from its name, Evanston's Treble-Maker Grill at 27 Live ( 1012-1014 Church St.; http://27live.com/ ) is about music—specifically rock music. Looking on the walls would be the second indication of the theme of this year-old venue. On the back wall of the restaurant are photos of musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, ...


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Transman to open restaurant in Rogers Park - Two years ago, Brandon Byxbe was the line cook at The Flipside Cafe, one of three working at the small, seasonal, restaurant along North Damen Avenue. When the two others planned to take a week-long vacation, the plan was to close for the period—until Byxbe said he'd keep the restaurant open and run things. Sure, no problem, he was told. ...


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Sugar & Spice: Herb - If you're looking for the standard pad Thai-and-spring-roll routine, then stick to the Thai joint on the corner you rely on for takeout. But, if you're in the mood to expand your horizons with authentic and upscale Thai cuisine that is really more of an culinary adventure than a simple "meal," then you've got to check out Herb, a restaurant ...


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Chicagoan is finalist for 'America's Favorite Veterinarian' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dr. Natalie Marks has always wanted to be a veterinarian. She didn't consider anything else. Marks was born and raised in Sterling, Illinois, and had a good friend who lived on a horse ranch. After school and on weekends, Marks spent time at the ranch, which had horses, goats, chickens and other animals. Admittedly, she was a "fly on the ...


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Ben & Jerry's stand; Mary Cheney's case; Chelsea Manning - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ben & Jerry's has made a stand in defense of same-sex marriage, The Huffington Post reported. The Vermont-based ice cream giant has signed an employers' amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review pending marriage equality ban cases in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia. Other corporations to sign the brief reportedly include Amazon, Target and Viacom. Ben & Jerry's has ...


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Dining news: Bow & Stern's brunch; Chicago q's bockwurst - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Bow & Stern Oyster Bar, 1371 W. Chicago Ave., is now offering fall brunch ( starting at 10 a.m. during the weekend ). Among the offerings ( some of which sound quite innovative ) are Oreo-and-blueberry pancakes, the Bow Benedict ( smoked whitefish brandade, poached egg, Nueske's bacon and Malagueta hollandaise ), pumpkin pancakes, banana-bread French toast and housemade Pop ...


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Ceres' Table; Soho House Chicago eateries - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - Patrons have been warned: They should "bee" careful at Ceres' Table ( 3124 N. Broadway; http://www.cerestable.com/ ) if they're going there for brunch—at least until the cold weather settles in Chicago. A passel of the stinging insects seemed to hover around diners inside and outside the restaurant, thanks to the many flowers decorating the restaurant's sidewalk cafe. A couple people ...


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Five Worth Finding: West Loop restaurant, steamy film - —Packing House ( http://packinghousechicago.com/ ): This West Loop restaurant occupies the old Municipal space, and offers such mouth-watering dishes as crab spaghettini, ceviche, roasted chicken and pork chicharrones ( a fancy take on pork rinds ). However, not only is Executive Chef Amanda Barnes talented, but she is one of the most down-to-earth people you'll ever meet. —Panes Bread Cafe ...


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Dining news: Taste Talks; Freshii's kids' menu - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Taste Talks will take place Oct. 3-5 in Chicago. Events include "Mother of Pearl" Oct. 3 ( 7-10 p.m. ) at Kinmont, 419 W. Superior St.; "Free-Styling with Ice Cream Desserts" Oct. 4 at Soho House, 113-25 N. Green St.; and "All-Star Chef BBQ" Oct. 5 ( 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. ) at Palmer Square. Among the talent slated ...


Current-Florentine

Current; Florentine - I wasn't quite sure what to expect from W Lakeshore's Current ( 680 N. Lake Shore Dr.; http://www.wchicago-lakeshore.com/current-chicago-restaurant ) in light of the substantial renovation the hotel has undergone—but what I encountered was one of the best brunches I've had in quite some time. One server called the decor "Great Gatsby," and that description seems to fit. The look is ...


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Dining news: Shaw's block party; Frontier's brunch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Shaw's Oyster Fest Block Party returns to downtown Chicago on Friday, Sept. 26, 3-10 p.m., at 560 W. Grand St. More than 3,000 guests are expected to come down to Oyster Fest and slurp up nearly 15,000 oysters from the East and West Coast, signature bites from Shaw's Crab House, Goose Island beer, and live music from singer/songwriter Brett Dennen. ...


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Sugar & Spice: taKOs KOreanos - BY Meghan Streit Andersonville's Cosina was replaced a few weeks ago by taKOs KOreanos, which, as the name implies, serves a fusion of Mexican and Korean cuisine. The resulting dishes taste as interesting as they sound. Think tacos filled with Korean-seasoned beef and guacamole spiked with tangy kimchi. The Foster Ave. restaurant is a casual spot, but the design doesn't ...


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Dining news: Hamburger Hop chefs; seafood boil - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet has announced the chefs competing in this year's burger competition—the Hamburger Hop—on Friday, Sept. 26. Chef contenders include The Hearty Boys, RL's Ryan Pitts and Farmhouse's Eric Mansavage, among others. Individual tickets for the Hamburger Hop are nearly sold out, and still available when purchased bundled with the official after-party, Late Night Gourmet. See www.chicagogourmet.org. ...


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Cafe Crème: French restaurant charms Wicker Park patrons - Less than two months ago, Bucktown/Wicker Park residents graciously welcomed another new café to their lively neighborhood streets on Chicago's northwest side. Café Crème, a French-inspired restaurant ( 1721 N. Damen Ave.; cafecremechicago.com ) aims to please diners with sturdy brunch options, outdoor seating on their secluded back patio and a family-friendly environment boasting approachability and a "neighborhood restaurant" feel. ...


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Dining news: Shaw's Labor Day special; Bar Takito opens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —This Labor Day ( Monday, Sept. 1 ), Shaw's Crab House will celebrate the U.S. workforce at both Chicagoland locations. There will be a half-priced oyster deal; in addition, at 4-6 p.m., the Schaumburg location will serve oysters for 50 cents apiece in both the Oyster Bar and on the outdoor patio. Visit www.shawscrabhouse.com. —Bar Takito has opened at 201 ...


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DINING Freshii's Alex Blair on expanding empire - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - If Alex Blair has a motto, it's probably "Carpe diem." The openly gay 27-year-old entrepreneur owns three Freshii restaurants in Chicago, with plans to open six more, locally and elsewhere. ( He already owns more franchises in the company of the 65 global partners than anyone else. ) The health-food entrepreneur managed to carve out a few minutes recently to ...


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Sugar & Spice: Little Vietnam - Authentic Vietnamese cuisine has trickled up Broadway from the Arglye strip to Bryn Mawr Avenue. Earlier this year, Little Vietnam, a no-frills eatery serving up super-fresh versions of Vietnamese classics opened in Edgewater. You might miss the space if you're not looking for it. The small storefront is marked only by a simple vinyl banner. Inside, Little Vietnam is unremarkable. ...


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Dining news: Chicago q specials; Ann Sather's honor - —Beginning Sept. 4, Chicago q, 1160 N. Dearborn St., will offer four $4 menu items available through Sept. 7 to mark its golden annivesary ( turning four on Sept. 4 ). The specials are summer corn and squash fritters; pork skewers; braised pork-belly salad; and alligator tacos. On the actual anniversary—Thursday, Sept. 4—10 percent of all proceeds will be donated ...


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Pastoral marks 10 years - DISH: SAVOR - Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine is a European-inspired, neighborhood, specialty wine and cheese shop co-owned by business and life partners Ken Miller and Greg O'Neill. Established in August 2004 at the corner of Broadway and Wellington Avenue, the first Pastoral shop was only 382 square feet. According to O'Neill, "My partner and I lived in Europe, New York City, ...


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All night Flea Market' Aug. 16 - Wheaton's DuPage County Fairgrounds will host the annual "All-Night Flea Market" on Saturday, Aug. 16, 4 p.m.-4 a.m. The event will include stars ( including Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters ), live music, artists, celebrities and food. In addition, there will be thousands of treasures from hundreds of vendors specializing in antiques, folk arts and crafts, close-outs, housewares, advertising, coins, collectibles ...


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DISH: SAVOR Current; Bistrot Zinc - I wasn't quite sure what to expect from W Lakeshore's Current ( 680 N. Lake Shore Dr.; http://www.wchicago-lakeshore.com/current-chicago-restaurant ) in light of the substantial renovation the hotel has undergone—but what I encountered was one of the best brunches I've had in quite some time. One server called the decor "Great Gatsby," and that description seems to fit. The look is ...


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Chicago's Markley shows what's cooking - Tad Markley was about 6 when his parents let him bake on his own. He was able to choose anything he wanted from their cookbooks, follow the recipes and reap the benefits of eating an entire pan of brownies, cakes, or cookies. Since then, he's self-taught himself how to bake more complex items, including soufflé's, custards, specialty cakes, dessert bars, ...


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Dining news: National Sandwich Month; "Grilled" in Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —In honor of National Sandwich Month ( August ), these are just what a few restaurants are offering: Hubbard Inn has a braised short rib roll for $11; Japonais by Morimoto has a king crab club for $17; Sophie's is offering a Designer's Club for $16; and Sola has an egg sandwich ( fried eggs, bacon and herbed goat cheese ...


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DISH: Vermilion - Special to on the online edition of Windy City Times - Ten-year-old River North restaurant Vermilion ( 10 W. Hubbard St.; http://www.thevermilionrestaurant.com/ ) started at a time when fusion was particularly popular. Owner Rohini Dey ( who's also opened a Vermilion in New York City since ) decided to have a Chicago eatery with a mix of bold flavors: Indian and Latin American ( with some Portuguese influence as well ). ...


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Dining news: 'Scoula 312' returns; 'Cascabel' is extended - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Executive Chef Luca Corazzina will be teaching "Scoula 312" at 312 Chicago, 136 N. LaSalle St., on the first or second Saturday of every month, August through December. The Aug. 9 class is "The Art of Grilling," held at 12 p.m. Classes are $45/person and include recipe cards, a bottle of 312 Aged Balsamic and light bites. For more information, ...


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Sugar & Spice: Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor - You no longer have to trek down to Chinatown for dim sum. Earlier this year, Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor opened up right in the heart of downtown. The serene space is a soothing respite from the hustle bustle of the Loop. The sleek dining room is dressed in grays and neutrals with pops of bright red. Ivory chandeliers that ...


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Dining news: Le Colonial special; Taste of Latin America - —Every Wednesday, French-Vietnamese restaurant Le Colonial, 937 N. Rush St., offers a chef-selected date night menu where a twosome can enjoy a three-course meal for $25 each. The meal includes an appetizer, main course, dessert and a glass of wine. Some popular past date night dishes are the cha gio ( crispy Vietnamese spring rolls ), the ga xao cari ...


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Edgewater business caters to clients' needs - His dad owned multiple restaurants and his brother also have worked in the food industry. So, it's no surprise Brent Conn landed in the field, too. Now in its 21st year, he is the president of Conn's Catering, based in Edgewater, which also runs an adjacent restaurant, Red Rover Café, which has been open for about a year and is ...


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DISH: SAVOR Beatrix; Ombra - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Times have certainly changed. Once, the term "neighborhood restaurant" conjured images only of greasy spoons that served the most sinful of comfort foods. ( However, in their defense, some of those places serve the tastiest food. ) However, the people behind Lettuce Entertainment You ( LEYE ) restaurant Beatrix ( 519 N. Clark St.; http://beatrixchicago.com/ ) aim to change that ...


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Sugar & Spice: Taxim - On his recent visit to Chicago, my wife's uncle, a former food critic and discerning Los Angeles foodie, requested that we dine at Taxim. Not only did this man live for a bit in Athens, but whatever city he finds himself in, he knows how to find great meals with the precision of a Tomahawk missile. So, I knew before ...


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Dining news: RIVA's Bloody Mary bar; restaurant awards - —Navy Pier's RIVA Crab House announces a new brunch menu available every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. ( Items include steak and eggs, stuffed French toast and a pork belly benny in addition to Riva signature items like oysters, calamari and lobster corn bisque. ) Also, there is a Bloody Mary Bar that ranges in price from $8 ...


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Modern Asian Kitchen; Terrace on Clark - Contemporary concerns are definitely addressed at Modern Asian Kitchen ( MAK ) ( 1924 W. Division St.; http://www.makrestaurant.com/ ). The meats are raised naturally—free of antibiotics, hormones and steroids; other items, such as poultry, are bought locally when possible. Also, no MSG is used in the items, and there are gluten-free offerings. Of course, MY concern at this cozy spot ...


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Dining news: Ice cream-champagne float; new Ritz chef - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Enolo Wine Bar, 450 N. Clark St., is introducing a new ice cream-inspired dessert with a twist: a sorbet-and-champagne float. Served in a coupe glass, each day in July ( National Ice Cream Month ) will feature a new flavor of sorbet splashed with a bit of bubbly. See www.enolowinebar.com. —The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St., is introducing Martin ...


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Dining: Delightful's blueberry offerings; Proud Whopper - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Delightful Pastries is celebrating National Blueberry Month ( July ) with items such as fruity blueberry turnovers ( $1.70 ), muffins ( $1.75-$2.50 ) or scones ( $3 ). Unique to Delightful Pastries' offerings are the blueberry pierogi ( $6-$9 ), authentic Polish dumplings, handmade and stuffed with local blueberries. Locations are in Old Town at 1710 N. Wells St., ...


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Sugar & Spice: Twisted Spoke - ]I recently had occasion to grab a bite at Twisted Spoke, and was reminded of just how much I love the place. It's one of those tried and true Chicago joints that has stood the test of time—which is no surprise given the high quality of the food and the irreverently cool atmosphere. With roots as a biker bar, Twisted ...


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Joe Fish; Porkchop Hyde Park - Rosebud Restaurants has expanded its empire with the relatively tony Joe Fish ( 445 N. Dearborn St.; http://www.rosebudrestaurants.com/#!restaurants/joe-fish )—and you will be hooked. The service at this restaurant is second to none, and the server has extremely knowledgeable ( although he needed to learn to smile ). I'm not a huge fan of oysters, but my dining companion stuck with ...


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Dining news: Chicago chef on A&E show; River Roast opening - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago q Chef/Partner Lee Ann Whippen will appear on World Food Championships, a new show premiering on A&E's new network, FYI, on Thursday, July 10. The show chronicles The 2013 World Food Championships held Nov. 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chicago q, 1160 N. Dearborn St., will broadcast the show on the TVs in the bar. —James Beard award-winning Chef ...


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DISH RESTAURANT PROFILE: Epic - by Kate Levine - With a name like Epic ( 112 W. Hubbard St.; http://epicrestaurantchicago.com ), I expected to be dazzled. However, while it was far from an "epic" fail, the food was good, not great. My friend and I started with drinks from the specialty cocktail list. The Effen Avocado ( Effen Cucumber, avocado purée, lime, agave nectar ) was refreshing and sweet, ...


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Sugar & Spice: Laughing Bird - Former Top Chef contestant Chrissy Camba has taken over the Lincoln Square space occupied for several years by Tank Sushi and transformed it into an upscale Filipino restaurant. It's refreshing to have a relatively unexplored cuisine getting some exposure in Chicago, especially at the hands of a high-profile chef. My experience with Filipino food has been limited, mostly to dishes ...


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Chicago bartender's honor; mEAT expands to Streeterville - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The biggest and most celebrated U.S. bartender competition of the year has identified the country's most talented mixologist—and he's from Chicago. After proving his skills during five challenges and two days of competition on June 16-17, the United States Bartenders' Guild ( USBG ) and World Class U.S. announced that Charles Joly is the 2014 U.S. Bartender of the Year. ...


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Le Colonial; Prost's sausage fest - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - Le Colonial ( 937 N. Rush St.; http://www.lecolonialchicago.com ) is one of the places you might pass by a thousand times ( as I literally have ), and not enter because it's seemingly inaccessible. I don't mean that it's physically inaccessible, of course, but that this French-Vietnamese restaurant seems to have the air of a place where the one-percenters go. ...


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Dining news: Leghorn Chicken expanding; Pie Hole closing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chef Jared Van Camp & Element Collective ( Kinmont, Old Town Social, Nellcote, RM Champagne Salon, Owen + Alchemy, Ampersand, Rabbit Hole Magazine ) have announced an expansion of the Leghorn Chicken brand with the launch of Leghorn Cafe at the Ohio House Motel, 600 N. LaSalle St. The original socially conscious, BYOB chicken shack first opened doors in Ukrainian ...


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Sugar & Spice: Packing House - A meal at Packing House, the latest addition to the West Loop's Randolph dining district, is kind of like a visit to a quirky children's clubhouse—complete cartoons displayed on TV screens, a dessert that tastes remarkably like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a drink that tastes like a melted Bomb Pop. But, a generous shot of Grey Goose ...


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Le Colonial - DISH: SAVOR Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Le Colonial ( 937 N. Rush St.; http://www.lecolonialchicago.com ) is one of the places you might pass by a thousand times ( as I literally have ), and not enter because it's seemingly inaccessible. I don't mean that it's physically inaccessible, of course, but that this French-Vietnamese restaurant seems to have the air of a place where the one-percenters go. ...


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Five Worth Finding - —Buyer & Cellar ( www.BroadwayInChicago.com ): You only have until June 15 to catch Michael Urie ( best known as Mark on TV's Ugly Betty ) portray Alex Moore, a gay struggling actor in L.A. who takes a job working in the mall in Barbra Streisand's Malibu basement. Urie's performance is flat-out hilarious and, at times, very moving. —Love with ...


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Michael Jordan's, Nat'l Steak Month; Father's Day items - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —June is National Steak House Month, and Michael Jordan's Steak House, 505 N. Michigan Ave., has plans to celebrate. Throughout the entire month, the restaurant will be offering a three-course menu of old school steakhouse favorites for $49, featuring shrimp de jonghe, steak Diane and Black Forest cake. Call 312-321-8823. —On Saturday, June 14, South Water Kitchen will host a ...


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Five Worth Finding - —Sharon Tate: Recollection: Debra Tate's coffee-table book, out June 21, is a tribute to an actress some considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. The book is jam-packed with photos from her childhood through her Hollywood years ( including the movie Valley of the Dolls and her marriage to director Roman Polanski ). In addition, there are ...


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Atwood Cafe; Bistronomic - DISH: SAVOR Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - Atwood Cafe ( 1 W. Washington St.; http://www.atwoodrestaurant.com ) has been around for 14 years—although it has the look of an establishment that has been around longer. That actually is not a slam. Atwood has a stately elegance that harkens back to a much earlier era ( which a very snazzily dressed hostess no doubt helped ). However, Atwood ( ...


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McCormick & Schmick's, Fiorentino's mark anniversaries - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —McCormick & Schmick's will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a special menu, exclusive anniversary wine, and a contest to commemorate the milestone. McCormick & Schmick's is offering the chance to win a free seven-day Alaskan cruise. Sweepstakes entries will be accepted until July 31; forms are available at all participating locations, and online at www.mccormickandschmicks.com. —Fiorentino's Cucina Italiana, 2901 N. ...


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Hoppin' Hots - When Andersonville's Great Lake closed, my heart broke a little bit. Not only did the restaurant serve some of the most authentic and fantastic pizza outside of Italy, but that cramped little hole in the wall was the scene of my first date with the woman who is now my wife. I was begrudgingly curious when I noticed one blustery ...


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Dining news: The dec, Current open; Troquet closes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The dec Rooftop Lounge + Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St., has opened with completely new food and beverage menus. Situated 12 stories above Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, The dec features views and a mixologist-driven cocktail program. Among the eats are snacks, salads, flatbreads and burgers/sandwiches. Visit http://www.fourseasons.com/chicagorc/dining/lounges/thedecrooftoploungebar/. —Current has now opened at the W Hotel Lakeshore, ...


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Restaurant show expands - The National Restaurant Association's show wrapped up May 20 after a four-day run. The trade show takes over McCormick Place every year, with more than 1,800 restaurant-themed suppliers in the mix. Everything from chef uniforms to table candles were spotlighted in booth after booth on multiple floors. Samples of alcoholic beverages were consumed in the International Wine, Spirits & Beer ...


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Life is 'Sweet' at confectioners expo - The National Confectioners Association's' Sweets & Snacks Expo took place at McCormick Place May 20-22—and offered something for all the food-service and media professionals present ( including an appearance by Internet sensation Grumpy Cat ). Last year, the trends included spices mixed with sweets, for example. This year, when asked what trending, one exhibitor deadpanned, "Survival." However, judging by the ...


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Dining news: 'Cascabel' returns; Taste of River North - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Lookingglass Theatre, Frontera Grill and Silverguy Entertainment present the return of Rick Bayless in Cascabel: Dinner—Daring—Desire, the theatrical adventure featuring a feast, world-class circus acts and a love story starring celebrity chef Rick Bayless that premiered in spring 2012. The culinary/theatrical experience runs at the Goodman Theatre's Owen Bruner Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., for four weeks only, July 30-Aug. ...


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Brunch at Sable, Takito - DISH: SAVOR - Most of my past profiles have focused on lunch and dinner at restaurants. However, this restaurant will tackle brunch at two establishments. The first spot I'm profiling this week is Sable ( 505 N. State St.; http://www.sablechicago.com ), which is linked to the Hotel Palomar. Sable manages to feel very contemporary/trendy ( the place screams "sleek" ) while also being ...


Cocello

Cocello - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - The latest restaurant from Brendan Sodikoff ( the chef and restaurateur behind Bavette's Bar & Boeuf, Au Cheval and Maude's Liquor Bar, to name a few ) opened in late April. Sodikoff transformed Dillman's, his short-lived upscale deli, into Cocello, a sexy lounge serving thoughtful Northern Italian cuisine. The River North space is dark and inviting. Seating is a mix ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Compass Bar's pizzas ( http://www.compassbarchicago.com ): This Lincoln Park establishment, 433 W. Diversey Pkwy., certainly has all the standards of contemporary bar-eateries, including large-screen television screens, an impressive beer listing and appetizers/entrees. However, what may bring people from miles away to this neighborhood business are the wood-fired pizzas—including a crab-and-calamari item that is certainly not to be missed. —Core Power ...


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Dining news: Famous chefs at NRA show; Hot Doug's closing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Art Smith, Rocco DiSpirito, Anne Burrell, Graham Elliot, Rick Bayless, Robert Irvine, Claire Robinson, David Burke and Ming Tsai are among the chefs/personalities slated to appear at the World Culinary Showcase of the National Restaurant Association ( NRA ) Show May 17-20 at McCormick Place. The event is primarily for retailers, culinary professionals, dealers and distributors, and commercial as well ...


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Baconfest 2014; Naansense - DISH: SAVOR - The UIC Forum was unofficially the happiest place on earth April 25-26, when Baconfest 2014 ( http://baconfestchicago.com ) took place. Hundreds of patrons paid $100 a ticket to sample offerings from dozens of restaurants, catering companies and similar establishments ( although there were also businesses that sold novelty items as well—bacon body wash, anyone? ). One of the biggest changes ...


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Dining news: Eight-pound burger; Mother's Day offerings - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —For National Burger Month ( May ), Jake Melnick's Corner Tap will offer its eight-pound Monster Burger for $49.95. This burger—which serves up to eight people—is topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and cheese of your choice, and comes with a basket of fries. —The Mother's Day afternoon tea at the Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., returns for its ...


SideDoor

SideDoor - A corner of legendary Chicago steakhouse, Lawry's, has been sectioned off and given a slightly more casual makeover. The resulting restaurant, SideDoor, opened late last year and might best be described as "Lawry's light." Upon stepping through the discreet Rush Street entrance, you'll be greeted by the same stately dark wooden décor and heady aroma of prime cuts of beef ...


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Dining news: Gene & Georgetti's addition; Derby specials - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Steakhouse Gene & Georgetti, 500 N. Franklin St., has announced the addition of Kendall-Jackson's 2010 Jackson Estate Hawkeye Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. This limited production wine will only be available in Illinois at Gene & Georgetti, while supplies last. For more information, the full menu and wine list, visit www.geneandgeorgetti.com or call 312-527-3718. —Untitled, 111 W. Kinzie Ave., will host a ...


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Chefs and the City serve up changes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Heartland Health Outreach, Inc., benefitting Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care, presented "Chefs and the City," its annual soiree, at the prestigious Union League Club of Chicago on April 23. Not only was the venue new to the fundraiser in 2014, but the format and time of year were different. Instead of serving stations like past years, there was a ...


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Hash House's tractor bar; Ceres' Table in Lake View - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Hash House A Go Go, 1212 N. State St., has unveiled a brand-new "Tractor Bar" bar snacks menu and beverage program. Beverages include cocktails such as the Grapefruit Snow Cone and Watermelon Cooler while snacks include mini buffalo corn dogs with spicy bacon mustard and BBQ wild-boar sliders with griddled Swiss and cole slaw, among many others. See www.hashhouseagogo.com/chicago. —Ceres' ...


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Taste of Chicago names headliners - The City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events ( DCASE ) is pleased to announce the lineup of performers at the Petrillo Music Shell for the 34th Annual Taste of Chicago, July 9-13 in Grant Park. Janelle Monae—the award-winning songwriter, performer, producer and "avant-garde funkstress"—will headline the Petrillo Music Shell on Thursday, July 10. Nickel ...


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DISH: SAVOR SpritzBurger; Bites Asian Tapas - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE Special to on the online edition of Windy City Times - This week's column looks at two very different restaurants that are in the same neighborhood: Lake View. SpritzBurger ( 3819 N. Broadway; http://www.spritzburger.com ) is a collaboration between well-known culinary masters The Hearty Boys and Gale Gand that opened on Valentine's Day. The Boys' eatery Hearty had occupied the same spot, but things have been revamped, to say the least. ...


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Baconfest expanding - The annual Baconfest Chicago event has been so successful that it's expanding. While it's still being held at the UIC Forum, it's now three sessions spread out over two days ( April 25-26 ). General-admission tickets ( $100 plus ticketing fees ) and VIP passes are available at http://baconfestchicago2014.eventbrite.com. A breakdown of which restaurants will exhibit at which exhibit is ...







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