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Dining news: Cocktail competition, 'Chef Bowl,' Common Threads event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., will host The Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic—the world's largest annual LGBTQ bartending competition—on Wed., April 26, 8-11 p.m. Admission to the event is free and guests who RSVP at Out.com/keywestcocktailclassic will be eligible for complimentary Stoli cocktails and a chance to win a trip to Key West Pride for two. The winner from Chicago ...


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SAVOR Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show; Broken English - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Attendees were definitely living the sweet life at the Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show that took place April 22-23 at Plumbers Hall. Several dozen vendors exhibited everything from classic treats to tasty trends in the world of chocolate. ( Unlike some festivals, most vendors offered samples and sold larger items. ) A few of the standouts were as follows: —Sweet P's ...


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SAVOR Big Jones - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - As practically every Chicagoan knows, there are scores of Southern-themed restaurants in our fair city. Some feature cuisines from specific parts of the South, like the South Carolina-based fare at Lowcountry, the Louisiana-themed items at Luella's Southern Kitchen or the Mississippi-oriented offerings at the forthcoming spot Delta. Then there are more expansive places—like the ( relatively ) longtime Andersonville restaurant ...


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Groceryland food drive on April 23 - Donations are sought regarding the Jimmy Bissonnette Memorial Food Drive, benefiting Groceryland. A special event will be held Sunday, April 23, at 4 p.m. at Little Jim's, 3503 N. Halsted St. Groceryland ( which has operated for almost 30 years ) is a grocery center, associated with the Heartland Alliance, supporting the health and nutrition needs of people experiencing chronic ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Indie Cafe: This casual restaurant ( 5951 N. Broadway; IndieCafe.us ) specializes in Asian cuisine—and offers an impressive array of food. Some of the offerings includes miso udon or soba soup, robota grill skewers ( such as coconut shrimp ), sushi and nigiri, various versions of maki, noodle dishes and entrees such as the very delicious Indie Ocean ( a ...


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Dining news: New Wicker Park spot, Easy Bar, chocolate festival - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Delta—located in the former Monarch space at 1745 W. North Ave. in Wicker Park—is new restaurant and cocktail bar slated to open in June. The Delta is owned by Eldridge Williams, and he's been working on the concept of The Delta for three years; Williams, who was raised in Memphis, is currently a manager at Girl & the Goat. ...


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BUSINESS Trans-owned bakery finds niche in Lake View - Jennivee's Bakery has found a following in Lake View. Offering a selection of Philippine- and American-influenced cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies and other sweets, this bakery is unique in that it is opened during the late afternoon and evenings. "People love sweets late at night," bakery owner and founder Jenne Vailoces, who is transgender. Located at the corner of Sheffield Avenue ...


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Dining news: El Che Bar, Martha Stewart, Easter options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Argentinian restaurant El Che Bar, 845 W. Washington Blvd., has launched its new Sunday Asado at 5-10 p.m. Guests can dine on a meat-centric menu served with seasonal side dishes, salad and empanadas for $90 for two people. ( People have the option of adding cocktails a la carte. ) —Martha Stewart has launched Martha Stewart Wine Co., an online ...


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Andersonville Flower Show with 28 Andersonville businesses April 22-23 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 10, 2017 ): In its third and largest year to date, the annual Andersonville Flower Show returns to the district this month to welcome the spring season in a uniquely-Andersonville fashion. Conceived by the owners of Mercantile M in 2015 as an event for the home décor, furniture, and vintage shops in the neighborhood to showcase their ...


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SAVOR Sable; Cupitol - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Sable Shane Graybeal had a big challenge ahead of him. Installed as the newest executive chef at Sable ( 505 N. State St.; SableChicago.com ) late last year, the former BIN36 chef had to maintain his newest spot's reputation for provocative, tasty fare. He succeeds, on many levels. Indecisive people might take to the menu, which doesn't feature many items ...


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SAVOR SafeHouse Chicago; Baconfest - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Five kung-fu poses... These constituted the hoop that I and two complete strangers had to jump through once we entered SafeHouse Chicago ( 60 E. Ontario St.; SafehouseChicago.com )—a spy-themed, basement-level restaurant that apparently has a very loyal following in Milwaukee and that just opened in Chicago. ( A grand opening took place on March 30 that featured, among other ...


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DISH: SAVOR Fig & Olive; Palette - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fig & Olive ( 104 E. Oak St.; FigAndOlive.com ) is just as tony as that exclusive stretch of Oak Street where it's located—one dotted with stores such as Prada and Dolce & Gabbana. Fortunately, it's not nearly as expensive. For spring, the spot continues its tradition of offering delicious dishes that embrace the season, as I recently discovered during ...


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FOOD Stuart O'Keeffe provides a 'Fix' with new book - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Stuart O'Keeffe wears many hats—chef, television personality and author, among other things—but everything revolves around his passion: food. Among other things, he has appeared on Hollywood Today Live and the Food Network's Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, been a brand spokesman for Tupperware and is featured on OWN's Home Made Simple. The telegenic chef also has The Quick Six Fix ...


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Dining news: Sangria Festival, Columbus Tap anniv., Werewolf opens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Sangria Festival will return to Chicago's Humboldt Park on Sunday, Aug. 20. Beyond hand-crafted sangria from mixologists, Sangria Festival also pays homage to Spanish food and arts, featuring freshly made paellas, authentic flamenco performances and a mercado. Partial proceeds from the event will benefit the San Lucas Church Food Pantry & Hot Meal Program and Humboldt Park's traveling little league. ...


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Dining news: Vermilion's brunch bar, Arun's reopens, Phil Potempa show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Indian-Latin fusion restaurant Vermilion, 10 W. Hubbard St., has launched its Dosa Frankie brunch bar. ( Dosas are delicate airy rice lentil crepes, traditionally served with a classic potato filling, hot sambar and coconut chutney; frankies are kabab-stuffed grilled paratha with its layer of egg, pickled onion and chutney. ) The new menu is being offered Fridays through Sundays. See ...


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DISH: SAVOR The Florentine; 'Bootycandy' beverages - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The lovely Italian restaurant The Florentine ( inside the J.W. Marriott Hotel at 151 W. Adams St.; The-Florentine.net ) has a chef, Zachary Walrath, who rarely brings back dishes once a new season's in play. The bad news regarding that approach is that you're unlikely to see a dish you've really savored the following year. The good news ( at ...


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Dining news: SideDoor beer dinner, Bowlero opens, 'Auntie Fee' dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —SideDoor, 100 E. Ontario St., will host a paired beer dinner in partnership with the Lagunitas Brewing Company on Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. Executive Chef Leonard Delgado creates a five-course menu of American dishes with a dash of Southern flair, each paired with a Lagunitas beer or beer-based cocktail. The dinner is $75 per person, with offerings such ...


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SAVOR PR Italian Bistro - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times By Bronson Pettitt - Stefano Roman and Juliana Montebello-Roman love hosting parties—and it shows. Visit the married duo's PR Italian Bistro ( 3908 N. Sheridan Rd.; PRItalianBistro.com ) and it's as if you were going to their dinner party—a welcoming, friendly vibe where Juliana greets and seats you while chef Stefano prepares creative Mediterranean cuisine with international flavors. Somewhere between casual, romantic and rustic, ...


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SAVOR Kal'ish Vegan - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - I remember going to a vegan restaurant ( that shall remain unnamed ) a few years ago—and it seemed that I had cardboard for an appetizer, entree and dessert. How times have changed. Uptown's Kal'ish Vegan ( 1313 W. Wilson Ave.; KalishVegan.com ), a fast-casual establishment, has shown the strides made regarding the cuisine. I wasn't sure what to expect ...


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Tullamore D.E.W. tour; Spiaggia unveils 'Sala Privata' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tullamore D.E.W. tour Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador Jane Maher wrapped up the whiskey brand's "D.E.W. and a Brew Tour" at Chicago's Tortoise Supper Club on March 10, hosting a luncheon showcasing the liquor company's pairing with BuckleDown Brewing of Lyons, Illinois. Tullamore D.E.W. offers a signature blend of all three types of triple-distilled whiskey: malt, grain and pot still. Maher ...


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Dining news: Animale series, ROOF on theWit, Marriott's new chef - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Animale, 1904 N. Western Ave., has launched a Chef Burger series. Benefitting Meals on Wheels Chicago, Animale welcomes a chef every month to collaborate and offer his/her own variation of a classic patty. Kicking things off with Chef Ashlee Aubin of Salero, he will offer his signature lamb burger made with bread-and-butter pickles, fontina, red onion, kalamata olive aioli and ...


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Columnist, author Phil Potempa celebrates 15th anniversary with Farm Cooking Show - From a press release - Food columnist and author Phil Potempa will take center stage at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana on Sunday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. in a special live two-hour "From the Farm Cooking Show" to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his popular weekly From the Farm recipe newspaper column. Since May 1, 2002 Potempa has published ...


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SAVOR Max & Leo's; WingFest - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Some of you may have heard about Kings Bowl Lincoln Park, which has some unique features—such as a semi-private bowling room and a bar that measures a total of more than 200 feet. However, connected to Kings is Max & Leo's Artisan Pizza ( 1500 N. Clybourn Ave.; https://KingsBowlAmerica.com/lincoln-park/max-and-leos ), which twin brothers Max and Leo Candidus started in 2011 ...


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Dining news: Lowcountry, Pilot Light benefits, St. Patrick's Day events - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Lowcountry, 3343 N. Clark St., an all-you-can-eat snow crab buffet in honor of National Crab Day on Thursday, March 9, 5-10 p.m. The bottomless feast will be $49.99; Lowcountry fills the buffet with other seaside favorites, including corn on the cob, red potatoes, honey butter jalapeno cornbread, potato salad and cole slaw. Visit https://www.lowcountrychicago.com. —River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St., ...


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SAVOR Vermilion - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Yes, River North spot Vermilion ( 10 W. Hubbard St.; TheVermilionRestaurant.com ) has diners seeing red—literally. True to its name, the restaurant has red sprinkled through, whether it's one seat out of a set, or a cascade of red light bulbs on a wall—giving the place a seductive vibe that makes it the perfect spot for a date. ( However, ...


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Dining: WingFest, Blackhawks/Duncan Keith events, chili cookoff - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The 18th Annual WingFest takes place on Sunday, March 5, 1-5 p.m., at UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave. This will be the festival's inaugural year at UIC, a larger-than-usual venue that can accommodate more people and double the number of restaurants cooking up over 9,000 pounds of wings. Some of the 2017 WingFest participants include Rhyme or Reason, Howells ...


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SAVOR Mercadito's 'Amor por Favor' - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - As most of you are aware, millions of people celebrated their love for each other last week during Valentine's Day ( which some might say is overcommercialized ). In keeping with that special day, Mercadito ( 108 W. Kinzie St.; MercaditoRestaurants.com ), on Feb. 13, hosted "Amor por Favor"—an event that mixed education, food, cocktails and a few free bottles ...


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Dining news: Hugo's 20th anniv., Coco Pazzo Cafe reopens, A'ville Restaurant Week - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Hugo's Frog Bar, 1024 N. Rush St., is marking its 20th anniversary with a full week of festivities that kicks off Wed., Feb. 22. A party ( free and open to the public ) will take place Feb. 22 as Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House owners Steve Lombardo and Hugo Ralli will cut the first slice of the restaurant's ...


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DISH: SAVOR Hakka Bakka - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the multitudes of restaurants in Chicago, there aren't too many fast-casual Indian spots. However, Kaushik Guha—the owner of Hakka Bakka ( 1251 W. Fullerton Ave.; HakkaBakkaRolls.com )—told Windy City Times that his spot is unique in several ways. And those differences even involve the revered Indian restaurants on Chicago's Devon Avenue. Guha said that Hakka Bakka ( named after ...


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New A'Ville Restaurant Week Feb. 17-26 - Coinciding with the end of Chicago's Restaurant week, more than 20 Andersonville restaurants have signed on for Andersonville's first official neighborhood restaurant week, Feb. 17-26. With the support of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Ashley Wright, co-owner of Hamburger Mary's and Andersonville Brewing, has led the effort in recruiting restaurants to sign-on for a menu price point they are comfortable ...


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SAVOR Latinicity/Pata Negra - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Variety is the spice of life. That's the idea behind Latinicity Food Hall and Lounge ( 108 N. State St.; Latinicity.com ), described on its website as " a multi-sensory experience featuring 10 innovative kitchens, a tapas restaurant, coffee cafe, full bar, market and lounge." The venue also aims to bring elements of Spain, Portugal and Latin America to Chicago—and, ...


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Dining news: Ramenfest, Taco Fest, Marigold Maison - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Ramenfest will take place Sunday, Feb. 19, at urbanbelly, 1400 W. Randolph St. Twenty chefs from across Chicago will compete against one another to prepare their best ramen dish and be named champion. ( Among them are chefs from Antique Taco, Green Zebra, Sunda and Smoque BBQ. ) General admission tickets to Ramenfest include a sampling of each ramen and ...


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SAVOR River Roast jazz brunch - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Ronnie Hicks, if not considered a national treasure, should at least be seen as a local one. Hicks is one of a rotating line-up of blues artists at the weekend brunch at River Roast ( 315 N. LaSalle St.; RiverRoastChicago.com ). I'm sure the other musicians sound great, but it's hard to top the vibe Hicks put out on the ...


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Dining: Swedish Bakery closing, Firehouse reopens, Valentine's Day options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - — After nearly 38 years of our ownership and 88 years in the Andersonville neighborhood, Swedish Bakery, 5348 N. Clark St., will close Feb. 28. The Stanton family and staff said, "Changing times have dictated an honest evaluation of our business. Based on that review, it is time to call a close and exit the stage. We have enjoyed a ...


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Andersonville first neighborhood restaurant week, Feb. 17-26 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( February 6, 2017 ): Coinciding with the end of Chicago's Restaurant week, more than 20 Andersonville restaurants have signed on to continue the winter dining excitement for Andersonville's first official neighborhood restaurant week, February 17-26, 2017. Each of the 24 participating restaurants will offer at least one set menu option priced at either $10, $20 or $30 per ...


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SAVOR Mesa Urbana - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - If you're going to drive 45 minutes to one hour out of downtown Chicago and deal with rush-hour traffic to a restaurant located along a small string of storefronts, that place better be worth the trip and aggravation. Fortunately, Mesa Urbana ( 3566 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview; MesaUrbana.com ) is worth it. I don't usually go out to the suburbs, but ...


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Dining news: Asians & Friends event, Grand Chefs Gala, Acre and Ombra close - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Members of Asians & Friends Chicago ( AFC ) will host the city's only LGBTQ Chinese New Year's Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 4, starting at 7 p.m. at the Jade Court restaurant, 626 S. Racine Ave. As experiential entertainment for the mind and the palate, "mixologists" will create their favorite adult-beverage concoctions for guests to sample. In addition to the ...


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SAVOR The Barn - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Evanston's The Barn ( Rear 1016 Church St.; TheBarnEvanston.com ) has a lot going for it—if for none other than proprietor Amy Morton, daughter of Arnie Morton ( founder of Morton's Steakhouses ). Also, as one might surmise from the Morton connection, this place knows its meats ( even down to the marrow butter )—in fact, the spot calls itself ...


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Dining news: Chicago Restaurant Week, Chili-Gate, Wayback Burgers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago Restaurant Week will take place Jan. 27-Feb. 9. The 10th annual culinary celebration features special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for brunch and lunch, and $33 and/or $44 for dinner ( excluding beverages, tax and gratuity ). Almost 350 restaurants are participating, including Appellation, Oyster Bah, Arami, The Duck Inn, Naha, Travelle Kitchen + Bar, Green Zebra and ...


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SAVOR Mama's Boy - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Mama's Boy Peasant Italian ( 445 N. Dearborn St.; RosebudRestaurants.com/restaurant/mamas-boy-peasant-italian/ ) is in an interesting spot. The eatery is located in River North—and at a location that would seem to invite many patrons. However, there has been substantial restaurant turnover over the years—including with Rosebud venue Joe Fish. ( Mama's Boy is also a Rosebud restaurant. ) Hopefully, Mama's Boy ...


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Dining news: Monkey's Paw chef, 'Dolly Parton' event, Care Bear cupcakes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Monkey's Paw, a Lincoln Park gastropub established in 2012, has announced Adam Allen as its new executive chef. Allen previously cooked under former The Dawson Executive Chef Shaun King, and has also held roles at Davanti Enoteca, Epic, Baume & Brix and, most recently, with Footman Hospitality as sous chef at Bangers & Lace in Wicker Park. See TheMonkeysPawChicago.com. ...


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SAVOR Animale - Animale ( 1904 N. Western Ave.; AnimaleChicago.com )—a restaurant owned by Aldo Zaninotto and Chef Cameron Grant—is definitely a non-traditional northern Italian spot. It's also different than Osteria Langhe, a much-buzzed-about eatery that Zaninotto and Grant also own. The differences show up almost immediately regarding the location ( right by the Western Blue Line stop, so it's more accessible than ...


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Dining news: Hewn event; Honey Butter's action; Floriole's tarts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —On Wed., Jan. 11, at 6 p.m., Evanston's Hewn, 810 Dempster St., will host an event featuring bread made with the Marquis heritage variety of wheat from Hazzard Free Farm. Guests will experience this Midwestern bread experiment first-hand, as they will be among the first to try Hewn's bread made with the wheat. Tickets are $75 each; visit BrownPaperTickets.com. —Honey ...


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DISH: SAVOR Bodega - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Welcome to your parents' living room. At least that was the feeling I got when I entered the drinking spot Bodega ( 15 E. Ohio St.; ACMEHotelCompany.com ), a cocktail lounge on the second floor of the ACME Hotel. The retro decor is courtesy of Ross Burton Design Build, LLC and blocHaus Design—and certainly does feel homey. Patrons will find ...


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Common Threads marks Cooking for Life Month - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Common Threads—a non-profit organization that provides hands-on cooking and nutrition education to children from underserved communities—is celebrating its second annual Cooking for Life month this January. In support of Cooking for Life Month, organizations, restaurants and chefs across the country will be offering special charitable promotions, events and awareness campaigns. Participating restaurants and local businesses include Eataly Chicago, DineAmic Group, ...


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Dining news: New Presidio chef; seafood offerings - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Presidio, 1749 N. Damen Ave., has a new executive chef: Nicole Bayani. Under Bayani, Presidio will feature a mix of the restaurant's signature menu items, along with new dishes that draw inspiration from Northern California. Bayani has worked at Scofflaw, Yusho and the Michelin=starred Tru. —Oyster Bah, 1962 N. Halsted St., now features a New Orleans-inspired menu that will run ...


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Local trans baker opens Filipino-inspired, late-night business - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Jenne Vailoces' passion for baking emerged young. Growing up in the Philippines, her mom would take her into the kitchen while she baked. "I remember, when I was left to my own devices at home, I would take a bowl, take my mom's facial creams, baby powder, and mix it together, and then I would pretend to put it in ...


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SAVOR Top spots of 2016 - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - In 2016, I had the opportunity to visit a lot of area restaurants, ranging from fast-food places to very upscale spots. Below are some of the ones that stood head and shoulders above the others. —Analogue ( 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave.; AnalogueChicago.com ): Analogue was a relatively simple, relaxed site with Southern fare that was simultaneously straightforward, traditional (although with ...


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Dining news: Cape Cod closing, grilled-cheese offerings, NYE options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Drake Hotel's Cape Cod Room—known as the restaurant where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio carved their initials after getting married in 1954—will have its last service on New Year's Eve, according to NBC News. The closing comes as the Drake prepares for what it says will be a "historic renovation," according to the hotel's website. Well-known seafood dishes from ...


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Dining news: Arbella series, pop-up cookie shop, Jonas show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Arbella, 112 W. Grand Ave., will hold the next installment of the Posh Wednesday series on Wed., Dec. 21, 5-7 p.m. Posh Wednesday at Arbella is in partnership with goldplaited, a finishing salon. At the event, guests will be pampered at the complimentary goldplaited "Beauty and Braid Bar," where they will receive makeup touch-ups and hairstyling. French 75 cocktails ( ...


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SAVOR Acadia - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - With most of the profiles in this column, I'm fortunate enough to go to restaurants through arranged visits. This allows me to sometimes interview chefs and related staff, but also puts the onus on restaurants to really bring their A-games to warrant positive outcomes ( although they should do that for everyone, anyway ). I wrote the preceding bit because ...


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SAVOR Lowcountry; Osteria Langhe truffle dinner - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Be prepared to have a messy meal at Wrigleyville's Lowcountry ( 3343 N. Clark St.; LowcountryChicago.com ). That's a good thing, by the way. The culinary centerpiece of this place is the lowcountry boil, a melange of Southern goodness that incorporates seafood, spices and "add-ons" ( corn on the cob, red potatoes and/or andouille sausage ). Co-owner Pan Hompluem, who's ...


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Dining news: 'Survivor' party, Revolucion dinner, Latinicity class - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Fans can watch the season 33 finale of CBS's Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X at Easy Bar, 1944 W. Division St., in Wicker Park on Wed., Dec. 14, beginning at 7 p.m. The episode will be shown with audio on three TVs. Guests will enjoy specialty Survivor-themed cocktails for $5 each, including the "Gen X" with Old Forester, grapefruit, falernum, ...


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SAVOR NaKorn - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - A lot of us have our favorite local Thai restaurants that we visit, indulging in curry dishes or other items that are some almost exotic version of comfort food NaKorn ( 1622 Orrington Ave., Evanston; NaKornKitchen.com ) also offers Thai food—but it's probably unlike anything you've tried. Sam Rattanopas told Windy City Times that she and partner Mina Sudsaard that ...


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Dining news: Michelin awards, Mercat renovation, True Food opens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The honors for the 2017 Michelin Guide Chicago were announced, The Chicago Sun-Times noted. Grace in the West Loop and Alinea in Lincoln Park, each retained its rating of three stars. ( Only 14 restaurants in the country have that rating. ) Also, Chicago's culinary world claims five two-star Michelin winners, as newcomer Oriole and perennial Chicago favorite Tru joined ...


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SAVOR Mama's Boy event; Yoshi's Cafe gala - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Windy City Times recently had the honor of attending two different special events. Thankfully, the one thing in common was that they both featured excellent food. Mama's Boy Peasant Italian ( 445 N. Dearborn St.; RosebudRestaurants.com/restaurant/mamas-boy-peasant-italian/ ) held an event that was big on the goal of achieving exposure via social media ( although I don't think the organizers will ...


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'World of Chocolate' Dec. 1 at Revel - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago's 15th annual World of Chocolate winter gala will take place Thursday, Dec. 1— World AIDS Day—at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market, 6-9 p.m. There will be elaborate decor and sweet treats from 22 of Chicago chocolatiers, restaurants and caterers. Admission is $135-$2,000; call 312-334-0935 or visit AIDSchicago.org/chocolate . ...


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DISH: SAVOR Hugo's Frog Bar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hugo's Frog Bar ( 1024 N. Rush St.; HugosFrogBar.com ) is part of the Gibsons Restaurant Group—which means it comes quite the reputation. A lesser restaurant might have caved under the pressure of being associated with such a group. However, Hugo's ( judging from a recent visit ) is more than up to the task. Coming from around the Chesapeake ...


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Dining news: BrewLights, Bourbon and Bites, Cookie Exchange - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. and Lincoln Park Zoo's Auxiliary Board are hosting the third annual BrewLights on Thursday, Dec. 1, 5:30-9:30 p.m. The festival features a dozen local craft, seasonal and import beers on tap throughout the zoo during ZooLights. Tickets are $49-$60 each; visit http://bit.ly/2dn8mho. —State and Lake Chicago Tavern, 201 N. State St. ( located in theWit Hotel ...


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SAVOR Baptiste & Bottle - There is much to recommend about the bourbon bar Baptiste & Bottle ( 101 E. Erie St.; https://www.baptisteandbottle.com/ ). Baptiste & Bottle is one of three dining/drinking spaces slated to be part of the newly opened Conrad Chicago hotel. ( The rooftop spot will open next spring. ) And Baptiste ( a Richard Sandoval project named after Jean Baptiste Point ...


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Dining news: New Sable chef, Chinatown owner jailed, Thanksgiving options - —Sable Kitchen & Bar, 505 N. State St., has announced the addition of Executive Chef Shane Graybeal. Among other accomplishments, Graybeal moved through kitchens in Washington, D.C., and Virginia, dabbling in a variety of European cuisines like Nordic, modern German and Bistro, before heading to Chicago and assuming his first executive chef role at BIN 36. —Six months after federal ...


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SAVOR Presidio - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Presidio ( 1749 N. Damen Ave.; PresidioChicago.com ) is pretty much a perfect fit for an increasingly trendy Wicker Park neighborhood. The space itself is pretty intriguing, with a huge lounge area in the front of the restaurant, and dining tables in the back. I can definitely see a group of friends hanging out here, knocking back various cocktails in ...


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Dining news: Yoshi's Cafe, Jean Banchet Awards, Thanksgiving options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Yoshi's Cafe, 3257 N. Halsted St., will present "Cuisine and Culture" on Sunday, Nov. 20. The event—marking the restaurant's 34th year—will start at 6:30 p.m., with cocktails at 6 p.m. The cost is $120 per person ( excluding beverage, tax and gratuity ). Also, on Nov. 16-19, the restaurant will also offer a special three-course special meal ( $34 ), ...


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SAVOR Cafe Spiaggia - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Any foodie worth his, her or their salt ( pun intended ) knows of the reputation ( and prices ) of esteemed restaurant Spiaggia, which has entertained no less than President Barack and Michelle Obama. However, for those who seek something more affordable while enjoying comparable rustic Italian cuisine ( mostly ), there's always Cafe Spiaggia ( 980 N. Michigan ...


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Dining news: ALMA event, Spiaggia dinner, Replay expands - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Angel's Restaurant, 230 S. Ashland Ave., is hosting ALMA ( Association of Latino/as Motivating Action )'s Hall of Fame reception for the new Latino/a/x and inductees and allies. The event will take place Thursday, Nov. 10, 6-9 p.m. See " Association of Latino/as Motivating Action 2016 GLHF Reception" on Eventbrite.com. Space is limited. —On Monday, Nov. 15, beginning at 6 ...


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SAVOR Green Zebra - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - When I first went to Green Zebra ( 1460 W. Chicago Ave.; GreenZebraChicago.com ) several years ago, I came away with a new appreciation of vegetarian/vegan cuisine—and the room that makes your coats toasty during the winter was a nice touch as well. A recent visit to the Shawn McClain-led eatery, which opened in 2004, did nothing to dispel said ...


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Dining news: Kouzina festival, pumpkin-pie shake, Coco Pazzo Cafe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —On Thursday, Nov. 3, Chicago is invited to celebrate twists on classic Greek dishes at the National Hellenic Museum's annual Kouzina food festival. For $125 per person, guests explore the legacy and tradition of Greek food and wine through tastings provided by some of Chicago's top local chefs, including Chef/Partner Devon Quinn of the forthcoming Mediterranean restaurant Eden. See https://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/calendar/kouzina/. ...


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SAVOR Papa Ray's Pizza & Wings - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Nestled in Uptown ( among other locations ), Papa Ray's Pizza & Wings ( 4757 N. Sheridan Rd.; PapaRaysPizza.com ) looks like one of the places you might hit after a long night at the club. On the corner of Lawrence Avenue and Sheridan Road, a neon sign beckons hungry patrons toward the late-night spot, which is self-described as "home ...


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Dining news: Free chocolate cake, Halloween specials, RPM burger - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —On Friday, Oct. 28, Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House, 1024 N. Rush St., will offer free slices of chocolate cake to commemorate National Chocolate Day. Slices will be given out starting at 11 a.m. Hugo's longtime server of 10 years, Adam Wagner will officially cut of the mountainous chocolate cake. The event is free and open to the public. ...


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SAVOR Farmhouse Chicago - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - The people behind Farmhouse Chicago ( 228 W. Chicago Ave.; FarmhouseChicago.com ) certainly believe in truth behind advertising. As if the decor—which ranges from a pitchfork on the door to a tiny tractor on the bar on the place's second floor—doesn't tell patrons, Farmhouse ( which has a capacity of 120 standing, or 99 seated people ) specializes in the ...


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Dining news: Devon Seafood, Garrett's new mix, Breast Cancer Month - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Devon Seafood Grill, 39 E. Chicago Ave., is celebrating Halloween with an exclusive four-course Chateau Montelena wine dinner on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. ( Guests are invited to dress in costume for their chance to win the "best dressed" prize. ) Culinary items slated to be served include lobster ravioli, herb-roasted game hen, char-crusted pork tenderloin and pumpkin-pie ...


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SAVOR The Dearborn - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - I'm going to predict that The Dearborn ( 145 N. Dearborn St.; TheDearbornTavern.com ) will be around for years. There are several reasons for this—including the cuisine, but I'll talk more about that later. The airy, 8,000-square-foot restaurant ( at the Loop's Block 37 ), which opened in June, has sisters Amy ( an out lesbian ) and Clodagh Lawless ...


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Dining news: Kendall event, Caffe Umbria, Boiler Room - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Kendall College Trust is holding the Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 11:30-3 p.m. Host of WTTW Chicago's Check, Please! and Kendall College Trust Executive Director Catherine De Orio will host. Tickets are $85-$175 each, and the event will feature recipes by Chefs Ryan McCaskey ( Acadia ), Lee Wolen ( Boka ), Brian Jupiter ( ...


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SAVOR Leghorn's pro-LGBT move; Identita Golose - Leghorn sandwich benefits Pride Action Tank A collaboration between Chicago singer Taylor Bennett and Leghorn Chef Jared Van Camp is a new specialty chicken-and-waffle sandwich. The spin on Leghorn's classic hot chicken thigh is housed between two of The Winchester's celebrated Belgium-style liege waffles and layered with maple jalapeno butter and smoked bacon—and will benefit Chicago-based LGBTQIA advocacy group Pride ...


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Dining news: Tuscany restaurants, 312 Chicago, fourteensixteen - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —In celebration of National Pasta Month this October, Phil Stefani's Tuscany Restaurants in Chicago, Oak Brook and Wheeling will offer a chef's pasta flight for $20. ( Flight items include fettucine boscaiola, raviolacci di brasato and ziti al salmone. ) The special will be available Sunday, Oct. 2, through Monday, Oct. 31, at lunch and dinner ( Sunday through Friday ...







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