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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 ...


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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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Sugar & Spice: The Dawson - The Dawson has everything a restaurant needs to become an instant hot spot: big-name owners like Billy Lawless, an executive chef who hails from Next; a bar director who earned a national reputation for her work at Nightwood and The Charleston; and a hip West Town location that's far enough outside of downtown to be cool and close enough to ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Welch's PB&J Snacks ( http://www.welchsfruitsnacks.com ): Round, bite-sized snacks with peanut butter-and-jelly centers? Yes, please. They're include 100 percent of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C, so there's a health benefit—but these items have amazing taste. These items retail for $2.79 for an eight-pack. —Oculus ( http://www.oculus2014.com ): This psychological horror film, currently in theaters, is better than I ...


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Dining news: Easter items; $100 grilled-cheese sandwich - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Benny's Chop House, 444 N. Wabash Ave., is offering a prix fixe Easter brunch ( $49 ) 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The menu will include items such as banana bread French toast, buttermilk-corn biscuits, house-cured maple bacon, grilled Caesar salad, lamb chops, S'mores cheesecake and many more. See www.BennysChopHouse.com. —ZED451, 738 N. Clark St., will hold Easter brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ...


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Lake View street renamed after Yoshi's chef - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 2, the intersection of North Halsted and West Aldine streets was renamed "Yoshi Katsumura Way." Chef-proprietor Katsumura and his wife, Nobuko, have been creating and serving meals at Yoshi's Café, 3257 N. Halsted St., for nearly 32 years. Ald. Tom Tunney, who sponsored the City Council ordinance designating Yoshi Katsumura Way, presided over the ceremony. The new street ...


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TETE Charcuterie opens; Obama visits Chicago Cut - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Executive Chefs Thomas Rice and Kurt Guzowski, in company with Managing Partner Daniel Goodman, have opened TETE Charcuterie at 1114 W. Randolph St. Inspired by the charcuteries and boucheries that shape the neighborhoods of Paris, TETE Charcuterie features an array of house-cured saucissons, composed fresh sausages, terrines, pates and seasonally driven casual fare. Both Old and New World wines, seasonal ...


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Dishing with Leghorn chef Sieger Bayer - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - On paper and through personal experience, Leghorn Chicken ( 959 N. Western Ave.; http://www.leghornchicken.com ) is one of the more unconventional restaurants in Chicago. First, Leghorn—which opened March 6—calls itself a socially conscious eatery. To that end, the Ukrainian Village fast-food restaurant plans to, among other things, offer branded condoms and donate 2 percent of its proceeds to LGBT organizations. ...


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Sugar & Spice: Azzurra EnoTavola - [Note: This is an anonymous review, as opposed to last week's profile by Andrew Davis.] The team behind Andersonville's Ombra, Acre and Anteprima, some of my all-time favorite spots, opened a new Italian restaurant in Wicker Park late last year. I dined there recently, with high expectations, based on my previous experiences at the group's other restaurants. Unfortunately, while there ...


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Sushi demos at Shaw's; guide to vintage beer - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Shaw's Sushi Chef Naoki Nakashima, an authority on Japanese cuisine and etiquette, will lead interactive Japanese sushi demonstrations at Shaw's Chicago on Saturday, April 26, and Saturday, May 31. Both of the classes will take place 12-3 p.m. The price is $65 per person per class, and includes lunch, libations and a take-away gift. Reservations are required and can be ...


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Factor 75 features healthful meal delivery - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE Special to on the online edition of Windy City Times - I have to admit: I was initially skeptical of Factor 75, a Chicago-based company that features a meal-delivery service that is about "performance eating" ( not to be confused with "competitive eating" ). The company—which gets its name from research that shows 75 percent of fitness results stem from what people consume—prepares fresh, made-to-order meals. Visitors to the website ( ...


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Common Threads cooks at Farmhouse - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Founded in 2003 by gay partners Chef Art Smith and artist Jesus Salgueiro, the organization Common Threads has helped children learn how to cook and eat healthier for over 10 years now. Farmhouse restaurant held an after-work fundraiser for the cause, complete with appetizers and guest bartenders, on March 25. One celebrity slinging drinks, whom Windy City Times recently interviewed, ...


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DISH: SAVOR Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue - Another eatery has opened along the Mag Mile—and this gem won't be hidden for long. Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue ( 700 N. Michigan Ave., seventh floor; http://sophies.com ) is every bit as exquisite as you'd expect an eatery in that store to be—and, fortunately, the food backs up the ambiance. Additional photo spread at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-03-25&AGALLERY=SophieChosenDavis . ...


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Chicago eateries make top 50 list; changes at DryHop - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Daily Meal released a new list of the "50 Best Casual Restaurants in America"—and three Chicago restaurants made the cut, according to NBC Chicago. The highest ranking city restaurant was Hot Doug's, which made the list's top five. Kuma's Corner came in at #34, while Stephanie Izard's Little Goat on Randolph Street made the list at #43. —DryHop Brewers, ...


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SAVOR That's Italian! - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE Special to on the online edition of Windy City Times - This week, Savor had the pleasure of experiencing two Italian restaurants that differ in several ways, including ambiance and location. However, they also have similarities—not the least of which is great dishes. 312 Chicago ( 136 N. LaSalle St.; www.312chicago.com ) is in the heart of the Loop, adjacent to the Hotel Allegro—immediately painting it as a place where everyone ...


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'Chefs and the City' kicks off, plans changes - On March 12 Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care, a program of Heartland Health Outreach, held its "Chefs and the City" kickoff party on the second floor at the Hubbard Inn. For two hours guests celebrated with cocktails and appetizers while raising money for more than 1,500 men, women, and children that Vital Bridges serves each year. Join the cause ...


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Sugar & Spice: Ora - I finally made my way to Ora, a small sushi spot on the south end of the Clark Street strip in Andersonville. I was a big fan of Hamamatsu, the sushi restaurant that previously occupied the space, so I was pleased to discover that Ora is every bit as good as its predecessor, and then some. The space is quite ...


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Socially conscious eatery opens; "25 Days of Gibsons" - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Leghorn Chicken, 959 N. Western Ave., which promotes itself as a "socially conscious" BYOB chicken shack, has opened. Chef Jared Van Camp, Chef Sieger Bayer and Element Collective ( Kinmont, Old Town Social, Nellcote, RM Champagne Salon, Owen + Alchemy, Quality Social, Ampersand ). The restaurant has stated that 2 percent of its gross profits will go to gay-rights organizations. ...


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Eating disorders more likely to affect LGBTs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Eating disorders are the most lethal of all mental illnesses and LGBTQ persons are at a remarkably high risk for these disorders and no one is talking about it," said Chase Bannister. Bannister is a licensed clinical social worker in North Carolina and a certified eating disorder specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. He is also vice ...


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NUNN ON ONE Ted Allen talks 'Queer Eye' and 'Dining Out' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In many people's eyes, Ted Allen will always be a foodie from Bravo's first hit, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, although he has gone on to so much more. He wrote two cookbooks, is a regular on cooking shows, and is the host of Food Network's Chopped. Allen has spent a great deal of time in Chicago, where he ...


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Fiorentino's Cucina Italiana - "Would you like to sit on the patio?" This is the question the hostess asked me when I entered Fiorentino's Cucina Italiana ( 2901 N. Ashland Ave.; http://fiorentinoscucina.com ) on one of those wonderful "polar vortex" nights. After I gave the hostess a look that said, "Lady, it's minus-200 degrees outside," she realized my reaction and responded, "Don't worry—it's a ...


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DISH: SAVOR Bistro Campagne - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Going to Bistro Campagne ( 4518 N. Lincoln Ave.; www.BistroCampagne.com )—even during these cold nights in Chicago—is like being transported to another area, and almost another time. This makes perfect sense as the word "campagne" means country—which is exactly where you feel as you dine on exquisite French cuisine. I'm told the place is especially beautiful in the summertime, as ...


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Dining news: National Ravioli Day; Chicago Chefs Week - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —In honor of National Ravioli Day ( March 20 ), Tuscany on Taylor Street, 1014 W. Taylor St., will offer Executive Chef Victorio Moreno's Ravioli Alla Pera with roasted pear, parmigiano, toasted nuts, sun-dried tomatoes and mascarpone cream for $17. Also, City Dough, 2955 N. Sheffield Ave., will offer its spinach-and-goat cheese ravioli for $10 during lunch only. —Chicago Chefs ...







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