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Polo marks 30 years on Morgan - From a press release - His hair was shorter and not salt and pepper, his waistline was smaller, but his energy is still high and his outlook is as bright as it was in early August, 1985, when Dave Samber opened his Polo Nuts and Candy, Etc. in a renovated storefront at 3322 S. Morgan Street in Chicago. It became a popular neighborhood stop for ...


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Dining news: Chefs join Elixir, Replay; Tanta's new brunch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —LKH Management ( LKH )—the group behind Lake View's Hydrate, Elixir, Replay and Halsted's Bar & Grill—announced that Paul Dobroski will join the company as executive chef for both its new Replay and Elixir locations in Andersonville, scheduled to open in August. He will be supported by sous chef Bernardo Ibarra, who served in the same capacity at Girl & ...


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SAVOR Izakaya Mita - Welcome to the Japanese gastropub scene. And what a welcome it is! Izakaya Mita ( 1960 N. Damen Ave.; IzakayaMita.com ) impressively combines a cordial atmosphere with authentic and tasty items. ( Note: According to the restaurant's menu, izakaya are "cozy Japanese public houses" where people gather to eat, drink and socialize. ) The restaurant offers everything from shared plates ...


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SAVOR Lakeview Kitchen & Market officially opens - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - A new type of business has opened in Chicago's Lake View East neighborhood. In the front, Lakeview Kitchen & Market, 3109 N. Broadway, offers customers a wide variety of goodies, ranging from cookies and brownies to more healthful items such as kale smoothies. In the back of this deceptively large space, several businesses share a 5,000-square-foot kitchen fully equipped with ...


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Dining news: Bountiful Eatery marks three years; Ullo launches wine filter - Bountiful Eatery marks anniversary Owner Ed O'Brien celebrated the three-year anniversary of his health-focused restaurant, Bountiful Eatery, 3312 N. Broadway, on July 12. He featured the work of other related companies, highlighting his commitment to helping other small businesses. Photo by Tracy Baim Chicago-based Ullo launches wine filter Chicago-based start-up Ullo has launched a product that makes it ...


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Dining news: Izakaya Mita sake dinner; Peruvian celebration - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Japanese restaurant Izakaya Mita, 1960 N. Damen Ave., is celebrating summer with a July 22 dinner featuring the sake of a handful of iconoclastic breweries—many women-run. Food offerings include asparagus and lotus root in sesame sauce; tofu and beef, sukiyaki style; and orange miso mackerel, among other items. The dinner will be served to guests in two seatings—one at 6 ...


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DISH: SAVOR New York Delicatessen; Be Leaf - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Take one co-owner from Indianapolis and another who already has a long-established Chicago eatery, and what do you get? Naturally, it's New York Delicatessen ( 2921 N. Clark St.; SecondCityDeli.com ). After the original New York Deli was closed in March, Isaac Work ( yes, that's his actual name ) and Clark Street Dog owner Angelo Velliotis—taking the spot over ...


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Dining news: Carnivale drag recap; $1 items at Freshii - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —On June 25, the Latin-focused Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market, held "Dessert, Drag and Cabaret." The evening, hosted by Aly Bockler of You & Me This Morning and Angi Taylor of 103.5 KISS-FM, featured the talents of Natasha Douglas, Tila Von Twirl, Ray Ray Sunshine, Switch Boi Wonder, Siren Jinx, and DJ AJ Dubbz & Carla Starla. —To mark its ...


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Dining news: Veuve Clicquot brunch; Sunda feast - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., has launched a weekend brunch menu, complete with a partnership with Veuve Clicquot. Sophie's new weekend brunch features fried chicken and waffles ( served with orange supremes, fresno pepper jam and local maple syrup ) suggested with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label; brioche French toast ( seasonal berries and ...


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DISH: SAVOR Mr. Brown's Lounge - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Throughout my years covering restaurants for Windy City Times, there are few cuisines I haven't covered. However, authentic Jamaican was one of them—until recently. Mr. Brown's Lounge ( 81 E. Wacker Dr.; MrBrownsLounge.com ), an eatery offering such cuisine, has opened a branch in the Loop. ( Another is in West Town, at 2301 W. Chicago Ave. ) Judging by ...


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DISH Weekly Dining Guide: Pork Shoppe (Andersonville location) - Pork Shoppe ( PorkShoppeChicago.com; 5721 N. Clark St. ) has only been open for six weeks, but with the way it does business and comes through with a delicious meal, it's sure to remain a barbecue staple for years to come. The interior has a definite barnyard feel to it. The walls' colors are a mixture of browns and whites; ...


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DISH: SAVOR SideDoor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The River North restaurant SideDoor ( 100 E. Ontario St.; http://sidedoorchicago.com/ ) offers a lot of treats—and I just don't mean the food. First, patrons enter the restaurant on the Rush Street side of the historic McCormick Mansion ( hence the site's name ). And, considering it's in a mansion, the space is decidedly large, with several intriguing-looking rooms, thanks ...


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'Chefs' holds annual event in new spot; 'Starving' at Venue One - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two important fundraisers supplied food for hungry donors on June 25. The popular Heartland Health Outreach event Chefs and the City moved to a new location at the Montgomery Club complete with two rooms of cuisine. The organization returned to a tasting station format, as opposed to a formal sit-down dinner the year before. There were samplings from more than ...


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Dining news: Marriage-victory items; Fourth of July - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Howells & Hood Beverage Director Andrew Macker and the restaurant celebrates the recent news of same-sex marriage nationwide by creating the Equal Parts cocktail, made with Hendricks Gin, St. Germain, lemon juice, and a cucumber-blueberry simple syrup, with an orange peel garnish. A portion of proceeds benefits the Center on Halsted. —At Filini Bar and Restaurant, 221 N. Columbus Dr., ...


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SAVOR Lockwood - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - The Palmer House Hilton is probably one of the more stately hotels in Chicago, combining elegance and history. Lockwood ( 17 E. Monroe St.; LockwoodRestaurant.com ) has the advantage of being in this building, located just off the main lobby. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even afternoon tea, and the Bar at Lockwood was bustling with ...


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Dining news: Pride cupcakes; Mondo open for lunch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Magnolia Bakery, 108 N. State St., is showing its support of the LGBT community with the Pride Cupcake. It's a classic chocolate or vanilla cupcake topped with celebratory rainbow decorations and confetti. Cupcakes are $3.50 each, and will be available at the store June 19-29 or through pre-order by calling 312-246-7777. —Mondo Meatball, 1467 N. Milwaukee Ave., is now open ...


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South Loop Farmers Market opens June 25 - From a press release - CHICAGO — The opening of the South Loop Farmers Market, with vendors selling local farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, specialty foods and other artesian products, will be Thursday, June 25 and will continue every Thursday—rain or shine—through Oct. 8, 4-8 p.m. The South Loop Farmers Market ( SLFM ), an independent market supported by the city, will be held ...


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Hewn attracts patrons with pastries, more - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Ellen King is a classically trained chef who worked in restaurants on the West Coast until moving to the Chicago area in 2008. While raising her son, she missed the bread she ate in Seattle and started experimenting with baking bread—to the point where she needed to sell the loaves due to the volume she was producing. It was known ...


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DISH: SAVOR Mondo Meatball; Caffe Rom - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The relatively new Wicker Park eatery Mondo Meatball ( 1467 N. Milwaukee Ave.; MondoMeatball.com ) is a deceptive place. However, in this case, that's a good thing. The deception lies in the menu: For an eatery that revolves the humble meatball, there are enough different preparations and combinations to make a patron's head spin. The process is pretty straightforward: Pick ...


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Dining news: Mindy Segal signing; Father's Day options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —HotChocolate owner Mindy Segal will discuss and sign her book Cookie Love on Thursday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. In the book Segal, a James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, shares all of her secrets for turning classic recipes, such as spritz and shortbread, into more elevated, inspired re-interpretations. Visit http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/. —Tortoise ...


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SAVOR Chicago q; Q-BBQ - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - The two restaurants in this roundup have item in common: Not only do they specialize in BBQ fare, but they're the subjects of return visits. The first, Chicago q ( 1160 N. Dearborn St.; http://chicagoqrestaurant.com/ ), has unveiled a spring menu—but the offerings we tried were different from the fare I've tried at this Southern-style restaurant. However, they were no ...


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DISH: SAVOR Maxwell's at the Club - At first, I didn't know what to make of profiling/reviewing a restaurant inside a health club. Thoughts of smoothies and items made with wheatgrass formed in my head. However, it's a different story when the facility is the tony East Bank Club and Maxwell's at the Club ( 500 N. Kingsbury St.; http://eastbankclub.com/dining/maxwells-at-the-club/ ) is the restaurant . Maxwell's does ...


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Dining news: Late-night items; Pastoral; Pork Shoppe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Southport & Irving ( SIP ), 4000 N. Southport Ave., now has a late-night brunch menu available Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dish highlights include Mick Klug poached asparagus and duck egg, grilled chimichurri-marinated CAB Hanger Steak, Texas Toast French toast and more. Brunch cocktail highlights include a champagne cocktail, Green Michelada, Grapefruit Sparkler, cider punch ...


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SAVOR Staytion - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 W. Wacker Dr., has always seemed to have a reputation as a more formal place with a sustained air of tradition. Not that tradition is bad ( in most cases ), but sometimes it's also good to shake things up here and there. A recent visit to the hotel—and the eatery Staytion ( http://renaissance-hotels.marriott.com/events/renaissance-chicago-downtown-hotel/04-09-2015-mix-bite-and-play-at-staytion ) ...


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Dining news: Wingout Chicago; Q-Tine opens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The inaugural Wingout Chicago will take place June 6-7 at St. Michael, 1633 N. Cleveland Ave., 2-6 p.m. Wings seasoned different ways ( jerk, sweet BBQ, lemon pepper, ghost pepper and smoked, among others ) will be featured. Among the restaurants taking part are Jake Melnick's, Barn & Company, Output Lounge, Monti's and Old Crow Smokehouse. Tickets are $55; visit ...


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NUNN ON ONE: CUISINE Chef Cat Cora cooks for Culinary Council - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - Macy's continues to not only be a retail outlet but an ambassador for food. Celebrating a record 125 years of service, Macy's recently served a brunch with Cat Cora and other fellow Culinary Council chefs Tom Douglas, Johnny Iuzzini and Takashi Yagihashi. Catherine "Cat" Cora was the first female Iron Chef on the Food Network and the first female to ...


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National Restaurant Assn. notes 96th year at convention - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 2015 National Restaurant Association's Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show was in Chicago May 16-19. Celebrating the 96th year for the convention has brought even more diversity to the proceedings. There were cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs like Anne Burrell and a keynote speech from Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post Media Group. Grocery stores made a big splash this year such ...


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Sweets & Snacks Expo takes healthful turn - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National Confectioners Association returned to Chicago's McCormick Place May 19-21 with its Sweets & Snacks Expo, an industry/media event that featured more than three and a half acres of candy and snack items. ( There were also keynote speeches from people such as Bill O'Reilly. ) The main exhibit did showcase one of the main trends in snacks: items ...


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Dining news: Wine events; El Mariachi cooking demo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Roscoe Village Wine Stroll, sponsored by Lush Wine & Spirits in partnership with Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, will take place Thursday, May 28. Attendees can try more than 40 different wines of the world, including reds and whites, and check out boutiques and businesses along the way. All wine stops are located on Roscoe Street and Belmont Avenue ...


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DISH: SAVOR Riques Cocina Mexicana - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's a shame that when some people hear the term "Mexican food," they automatically think of certain fast-food chains. However, tacos with Doritos shells do not constitute authentic Mexican food. For the real deal ( and at a reasonable price ), there's Riques Cocina Mexicana ( 5004 N. Sheridan Rd.; http://www.riqueschicago.com/ ). Chef Enrique Cortez vividly re-creates the cuisine of ...


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SAVOR: Brunch at Wood - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - The website for Boystown restaurant Wood ( 3335 N. Halsted St.; http://woodchicago.com/ ) boasts that the site has noted for three consecutive years as a Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient, which identifies eateries that offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for a maximum of $40, not including tax or gratuity. ( A few of the other local ...


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Dining news: Chicago q's new menu; lobster festival - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago q, 1160 N. Dearborn St., has unveiled its new menu featuring creative appetizers and entrees alongside barbecue favorites from Chef/Partner and Pitmaster Lee Ann Whippen. Guests can enjoy appetizers like pork-belly corn dogs, q bacon and grilled elote; New entrees include shrimp brochettes, bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with Monterey Jack Cheese and poblano; the quesadilla, with a choice of brisket, ...


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DISH: SAVOR Piccolo Sogno Due; Hugo's Frog Bar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For years, Piccolo Sogno has enticed patrons with its Italian cuisine. However, more recently, Piccolo Sogno Due ( 340 N. Clark St.; http://piccolosognodue.com/ ) has opened in the River North area, and has unveiled its spring menu. Due is just as beguiling as the original restaurant, even though the spinoff sports more of a coastal Italian cuisine. Affable Chef/Partner Tony ...


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Dining news: A'ville wine walk; National Burger Month - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The 9th annual Andersonville Wine Walk will take place Sunday, May 17, 3-6 p.m. This event will feature two routes, each including 11 retail stores transformed into tasting destinations. Each route ( North and South ) features 33 wines provided by participating distributors including H2Vino, Cream, Heritage, Vinejoy, Winebow, Candid and more. Event tickets cost $35 per person in advance ...


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SAVOR: Commons Club at Virgin Hotels - DISH: SAVOR Weekly Dining Guide - I recently visited Virgin Hotels ( 203 N. Wabash Ave.; https://virginhotels.com ), which recently opened in the Loop. I plan on investigating this spot further, but the initial impression is that it's a combination of sophistication and whimsy. I also dined at the Commons Club, which sounds like it could be everyone or ( in a twist of irony ) ...


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Food news: Goddess and Grocer; James Beard winners - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Goddess and Grocer opens in Gold Coast Gold Coast residents and visitors have another place to get their food, as Goddess and Grocer has opened its newest branch at 1127 N. State St. ( Other locations at 1649 N. Damen Ave., 901 N. Larrabee St. and O'Hare International Airport Terminal 5. ) Stopping by the store before its official ...


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Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival brings Spanish wine to Chicago - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - On May 2, the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival packed in a huge crowd, with more than 50 winemakers represented inside Union Station on Canal Street. More than 30 chefs prepared Rioja inspired tapas to accompany the tastings, including a jamon bar, a variety of cheeses plus enough blood sausage to appease any meat eater. A live band played relaxing ...


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Trotter Project, United join forces for in-flight dining - United Airlines and The Trotter Project are joining together to boost travelers' in-flight dining experience, with alumni chefs of Charlie Trotter's legendary Chicago restaurant and their culinary peers working with the airline to design new premium-cabin and United Economy meals. United will also be the official airline of The Trotter Project, a nonprofit organization committed to continuing Trotter's legacy through ...


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Dining: Mother's Day events; Hot Doug's return (for one weekend) - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —On Thursday, May 7, Executive Chef Kevin Cuddihee of TWO and Executive Chef Chris Marchino of Spiaggia Restaurant & Lounge will host a pop-up dinner at Studio Snaidero ( 110 W. Kinzie St., 2nd Floor ) at 6 p.m. The night's seasonal four-course menu offers two dishes from each chef, along with fine-wine pairings provided by Terlato Wines. Tickets are ...


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Food news: Art Smith; Rockit relaunch - Art Smith receives award, hosting brunch On April 21, Chicago chef Art Smith received a special award at The U.S. State Department by Secretary of State John Kerry for his Israel/West Bank trip as part of the U.S. State Department's Diplomatic Chef Corps. In addition, Smith will host "Bring Your Beard Brunch: A salute to LGBT Culinary America" at Table ...


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DISH: SAVOR Southport & Irving (SIP) - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - I immediately noticed a change upon a return visit to Southport & Irving ( 4000 N. Southport Ave.; http://southportandirving.com/ )—a new entrance. That doorway at Southport & Irving ( which goes by the acronym SIP, named for the cross-streets of Southport Avenue and Irving Park Road ) is literally the gateway to a flurry of changes that has taken place ...


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Dining news: James Beard weekend; Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Green City Market, 1817 N. Clark St., will host top chefs from around the country when it opens its 17th season Saturday, May 2. In honor of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards, visiting chefs will gather and be joined by Chicago's chef community at Green City Market beginning at 9:30 a.m. Green City Market board members and fellow past ...


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Baconfest: The annual meat-and-greet - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - For two days, throngs of people pigged out at Baconfest Chicago, conveniently located at the UIC Forum. April 17-18 were busy days, with both lunchtime on Saturday and dinner sessions on Friday and Saturday—all with lines down the block. Bacon-loving fans waited to visit more than 170 various chefs at their booths as the place was packed, with 4,500 guests ...


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Dining: Dining Out for Life; Joe Fish open for lunch; Graham Elliot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Dining Out for Life will take place Thursday, April 30, in dozens of cities across the nation—including New York City, one of the newest locations to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Chicago will also be among the 60 sites involved, and local restaurants participating include Acre, Bistronomic, Crew Bar & Grill, SpritzBurger, South Water Kitchen, Longman & Eagle, and ...


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Luella's Southern Kitchen; 'Piggly Wiggly' sandwich - DISH: SAVOR Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Run—don't walk—to Luella's Southern Kitchen ( 4609 N. Lincoln Ave.; http://www.luellassouthernkitchen.com/ ). It starts with the vibe, courtesy of Ernie Barnes portraits ( the most famous being in the opening credits of the '70s TV show Good Times ) and the music, which is basically classic soul. Tunes wafting from the speakers when my friend and I visited included "You ...


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Sonoma Valley welcomes LGBT wine travelers - From a press release - SONOMA, Calif. ( April 14, 2015 ) — Out in the Vineyard, an experiential LGBT wine event and travel company based in Sonoma Valley, is pleased to announce it's partnership with Sonoma legendary icons, Williams-Sonoma and Chateau St. Jean Winery for Gay Wine Weekend's "Legendary Sonoma Winemaker Dinner" - a five course culinary adventure, hosted by Chateau St. Jean's award ...


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SAVOR: Atwood - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - With Windy City Times unveiling its re-designed look in print this week, it seems like the perfect time to discuss a restaurant that's also undergone a renovation: Atwood ( 1 W. Washington St.; http://www.atwoodrestaurant.com/ )—which also has a brand-new look on its website. Atwood has reopened its space in what is now known as Kimpton's Hotel Burnham ( formerly known ...


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Food events: Bacon Month; Baconfest; 'Foodphiles' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Honey Butter hosts Bacon Month event; Baconfest on April 17-18 On April 4, Honey Butter Fried Chicken held a class at Whole Foods, 1101 S. Canal St., in conjunction with Bacon Month. Honey Butter chefs Joshua Kulp and Christine Cikowski entertained attendees with humor ( with Kulp saying, "Let's just get this out of the way: I'm Jewish and I'm ...


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Dining news: Waldorf's new chef; Jane's for sale; Indiana pizzeria - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Waldorf Astoria Chicago announced that Michael Vaughn will lead the culinary team as executive chef. Vaughn, a Chicago native, will oversee all conceptualization and creation of cuisine at Balsan, the hotel's bistro, and at Bernard's Bar. Vaughn will also lead the culinary charge on in-room dining and spa cuisine at the Waldorf Astoria Spa & Health Club. —A Bucktown ...


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Dining: Tax Day specials; frozen kefir; Embeya closed for now - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —With Tax Day ( April 15 ) in mind, The Florentine, 151 W. Adams St., is offering 50 percent off all cocktails, beer and wines by the glass and bottle. Also, on April 15, Meatloaf Bakery, 2464 N. Clark St., is giving a complimentary scoop of spuds with the purchase of one meatloaf cupcake. Options include Yukon Smashers, Cheesy Taters ...


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SAVOR Pinstripes brunch; Compass Bar - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - The last time I went to the space that Pinstripes Chicago ( 435 E. Illinois St.; http://pinstripes.com/chicago/ ) currently occupies, it was called the River East Arts Center and I saw a Borris Powell fashion show. However, time goes on, properties are sold and sites are transformed. Now, there's a large restaurant ( that can hold up to 600 people, ...


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Dining news: Passover, Easter options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Maxwell's at the Club, 500 N. Kingsbury St., is offering a special Passover Dinner, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., on Friday, April 3. Passover favorites will include matzo ball soup, gefilte fish with beet horseradish, braised brisket of beef and roast lamb. The Passover buffet is $45 for adults and $15 for children up to 10. Reservations are recommended; call 312-527-5800, ext. ...


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Art Smith hosts pro-family benefit - There was a little more than the usual delicious Southern fare happening at the restaurant Table fifty-two on March 22. In response to the statements about same-sex families that fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana made, Chef Art Smith held a fundraiser. Smith donated and matched all restaurant sales from brunch that day to support the pro-LGBT organization the Family Equality ...


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SAVOR Taus Authentic Food & Drink - Housed in the former Prasino space, Taus Authentic Food & Drink ( 1846 W. Division St.; http://www.tausauthentic.com/ ) has a lot to live up to in terms of reputation—and pretty much succeeds. Any discussion of Taus has to start with the chef himself, Michael Taus. The last time I reviewed a place of his, it was the upscale River North ...


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Dining: Hugo's new oyster bar; Boundary's brunch; Nat'l Paella Day - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House, 1024 N. Rush St., has a new oyster bar. Signature bar items include Hugo's Anastasia Gold caviar ( from farm-raised sturgeon at Evans Fish Farms in Pierson, Florida ), Hugo's Alaskan red king crab and wild-caught Sea of Cortez shrimp cocktail. —The Boundary Tavern and Grille, 1932 W. Division St., is launching a weekend ...


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Baconfest taking place April 17-18 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This year's Baconfest Chicago will take place Friday-Saturday, April 17-18, at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. ( Depending on demand, a fourth session may be added on Sunday, April 19. ) There will again be three sessions: Friday dinner ( 6-7 p.m. for VIPs; 7-10 p.m. for general admission ); Saturday lunch ( 11 a.m.-12 p.m. for VIPs; ...


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Dining news: Iron Chef Jose Garces; Shaw's wine dinner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —On Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m., Iron Chef Jose Garces highlights the work of renowned Spanish vineyards with "Spain in Seven Sips," a wine-tasting event at Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave. The restaurant will offer oysters, bacon-wrapped dates, paella croquettas and more. Tickets are $65; call 312-542-3600. —To continue the celebration of its 30th anniversary, Shaw's ...


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DISH: Stretch Bar & Grill - When the Chicago Cubs play at home, Wrigleyville can be so packed that it's almost not fit for man or beast. However, it's a boon for businesses, especially restaurants ( and, even more so, those equipped with large-screen television screens so people can watch their favorite team battle in those friendly confines ). It's when the Cubs have away games ...


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Hamburger Mary's violates health codes - Andersonville restaurant Hamburger Mary's has beeb shut down for health-code violations, DNAInfo.com reports. A neon green sign dated March 17 was plastered to the window of the burger joint, 5400 N. Clark St.. The sign says the restaurant's license has been suspended. Another sign on the inside door read, "Sorry we are closed today. Having kitchen issues. :( " The ...


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Dining news: Women's History Month item; Pastoral event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —In celebration of Women's History Month, Francesca's Restaurant Group pays homage to notable female leaders in the culinary world and beyond with specialty offerings at Francesca's Restaurants, Davanti Enoteca, and Glazed and Infused. For example, Glazed and Infused celebrates the World War II icon Rosie the Riveter with the special "We Can Donut!" doughnut, a play on the iconic "We ...


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The Amazing Kale Burger opens under LGBT rainbow - The dream became a reality March 8 for Brandon Byxbe—with a side of cole slaw. The doors of Byxbe's first restaurant opened that date for a few days in preparation for the formal grand opening of The Amazing Kale Burger ( 741 Howard St., Evanston ) a week later. Customers came by for several hours for Byxbe's renowned kale burger ...


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Dining news: Smylie Brothers dinner; St. Patrick's Day items - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —On Wed., March 18, at 7 p.m., Evanston's Smylie Brothers Brewing Company is hosting its March beer dinner, "Bacon, Bourbon & Beer." Smylie Brothers' Executive Chef Grant Carey, Head Brewer Brad Pulver and FEW Spirits' Founder/Distiller Paul Hletko will mingle with guests and sample bacon-centered bites paired with the brewpub's seasonal beers and FEW's bourbon whiskey. Tickets are $50; call ...


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DISH: ENO Wine Bar; BellyQ brunch - Windy City Times Weekly Dining Guide - Sometimes a person just want to snack on something and drink a couple glasses of wine in a casual yet elegant place. All of those things can be had at ENO Wine Bar ( 505 N. Michigan Ave., at the InterContinental Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile; http://www.enowinerooms.com/ ), a cozy spot located in Streeterville. True to its name, ENO excels in ...


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With Hip Chick Farms, dinner is served - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - If you haven't eaten chicken fingers from Hip Chick Farms yet, chances are you will soon. The company, which was founded by partners Serafina Palandec and Jen Johnson, began selling its chicken fingers in the frozen food aisles of 100 Whole Foods locations in 2013, and has since moved into 350 additional grocery stores. Its chicken fingers, chicken meatballs and ...


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Dining news: Iron Chef Jose Garces; Shaw's wine dinner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —On Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m., Iron Chef Jose Garces highlights the work of renowned Spanish vineyards with "Spain in Seven Sips," a wine-tasting event at Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave. The restaurant will offer oysters, bacon-wrapped dates, paella croquettas and more. Tickets are $65; call 312-542-3600. —To continue the celebration of its 30th anniversary, Shaw's ...


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Chocoholics have groovy time at Union League Club - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Feb. 28, the Union League Club of Chicago was overrun by a time-warped England. This year, with a British Mod theme, donors dressed the part in support of the students for The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College and its 10th annual For the Love of Chocolate Gala. The 65 W. Jackson Blvd. space was packed to capacity during ...


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DISH Weekly Dining Guide: Dive Bar - Most people associate the term "dive bar" with a casual sort of neighborhood watering hole where residents gather to throw back a few and socialize. However, Boystown's Dive Bar ( 3445 N. Halsted St.; http://chicagodivebar.com/ ) is a nautical-themed restaurant ( get it? ) that specializes primarily in seafood. And, yes, it's complete with decor items ranging from punny signs ...


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Dining news: Ceres' Table dinner; Alpana's new place - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Ceres' Table, 3124 N. Broadway, will host an intimate five-course dinner Wed., Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. that features wines from the Italian winery La Stoppa with winery representative Nico Sciackitano. Among the fare being offered are salumi assortiti, braised cuttlefish, boneless pork loin and almond cake. The cost is $95, and seats are limited; call 773-922-4020. —Seven Lions—the contemporary ...


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Dining news: Asura wine; viewing the Oscars - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Asura Cabernet Sauvignon is now being offered, and its distributed by Grilos International in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. The wine, which received a number-one rating from Cigar & Spirits Magazine, retails for $469 a bottle; only 3,000 bottles were produced for the first limited release. Call 954-523-9463 or visit www.winewatch.com. —Commonwealth Tavern, 2000 W. Roscoe St., is hosting an Oscars viewing ...


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DISH: SAVOR The Kitchen - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The "farm-to-table" concept has become almost trendy with restaurants. The Kitchen ( 316 N. Clark St.; http://thekitchen.com/the-kitchen-chicago/ ) has almost become masterful at the idea. However, this spot is also about community. Mondays are "Community Nights," when a local farmer, brewer or culinary-associated professional is featured. Guests gather around the community table for a four-course, family-style meal that cannot be ...


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'BLgTUSA' campaign rolling across U.S. - GET//OUT, a new social enterprise creating fun ways to support LGBT equality, has announced BLgTUSA—a campaign across all 50 states connecting the BLT sandwich to LGBT rights. The tour is slated to stop in Chicago the weekend of June 20. The organization aims to get 1 million people out for equality this summer, online and in person by traveling via ...


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Dining news: Table fifty-two; Valentine's Day specials - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Table fifty-two, 52 W. Elm St., has announced a new Sunday supper menu, available 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. The down-home, upscale menu still features Chef Art Smith's famous fried chicken and waffles along with items such as breakfast pizza with with sausage gravy, bacon, cheddar cheese and fried egg; crab cake Benedict; brick-oven macaroni and cheese; and Southern-fried catfish. Visit www.facebook.com/Tablefiftytwo ...


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DISH: SAVOR Magnolia Bakery; Florentine specials - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I had heard from several people that I should check out Magnolia Bakery ( 108 N. State St. at Block 37; http://www.magnoliabakery.com/ ), so I finally decided to check out the three-year-old place that originated in New York City. Color me impressed. My visit, which was very recent, centered around Magnolia's offerings for Valentine's Day. ( Yes—it's this Saturday. ) ...


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Sugar & Spice: Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club - If you've long been a fan of Andersonville's M. Henry ( and who hasn't? ), then there's a new brunch spot you will definitely want to check out. M. Henry's former chef, Manny Mejia, recently opened Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club in North Park. While wait times at Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club haven't quite reached M. Henry levels, the sunny restaurant ...


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Dining news: Restaurant Week; Chipotle author series; Dive Bar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago Restaurant Week continues through Feb. 12. The restaurants will offer three-course lunches for $22 and three- or four-course dinners for $33 and $44. Among the 250+ restaurants participating are 312 Chicago, Big Jones, Browntrout, May St., Cafe, Oceanique, Piccolo Sogno, GT Fish & Oyster and Vermilion. Make online reservations at http://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/dining/chicago-restaurant-week/. —Chipotle Mexican Grill announced the second installment of ...







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