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New-AVille-Restaurant-Week-Feb-17-26

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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Leghorn sandwich benefits Pride Action Tank youth homeless projects - A collaboration between Chicago singer Taylor Bennett and Chef Jared Van Camp, a new specialty chicken and waffle sandwich presents Van Camp's elevated chef spin on Leghorn's classic hot chicken thigh housed between two of The Winchester's celebrated Belgium-style liege waffles layered with maple jalapeño butter and smoked bacon. While the sandwich collab officially debuted at the second annual Taste ...


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SAVOR Nonnina - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - I have to admit that I cried inside when I heard that Piccolo Sogno Due was closing earlier this year. The Italian restaurant—a spinoff of the famed eatery Piccolo Sogno—had two things patrons could count on: great food and the smiling face of Chef Tony Priolo. Well, a few months later, another Italian restaurant has sprouted at Due's spot—and, fortunately, ...


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Dining news: Hamburger Hop winners, Nat'l Coffee Day, Oyster Fest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The 2016 Hamburger Hop, sponsored by Buckhead Beef and Blue Moon Brewing Company, kicked off the ninth annual Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet. Chef Martial Noguier of Bistronomic was named the judges' Buckhead Beef Hamburger Hop Award winner with his Le French Burger, while Chef Moosah Reaume of Rosebud Prime earned the People's Choice Award for the Rosebud Patty Melt ...


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Hundreds feast at Chicago Gourmet - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Millennium Park was filled with foodies on Sept. 24-25 for Chicago Gourmet, presented by bon appetit. The cuisine celebration started Sept. 23 with a Hamburger Hop at Harris Theater Rooftop, then continued later that evening at The Underground. Billy Dec, the owner of Rocket Ranch restaurants and The Underground, was on hand later in the weekend for cooking demonstrations on ...


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Dining news: Chicago Gourmet, Joy District, new Roti eatery - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Bon Appetit presents Chicago Gourmet will take place in Millennium Park on Sept. 23-25. This year's celebration welcomes its first-ever host chef, Rick Bayless, who will be joined by celebrity chefs such as Todd English, Stephanie Izard, Jose Garces, Art Smith, Amanda Cohen, Lorena Garcia, Jeff Mauro, Takashi Yagihashi, Tony Mantuano, Jimmy Bannos Jr., Sarah Grueneberg, Edward Lee and Richard ...


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SAVOR Bar Toma class; Cider Bash - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Making a good pizza isn't easy. That was the lesson several people learned during a recent pizza-tossing class with Chef Tony Mantuano ( also a chef/partner at Spiaggia and a couple other spots ) at Bar Toma ( 110 E. Pearson St.; BarTomaChicago.com ). Among the many nuggets of wisdom Mantuano and the Bar Toma crew provided were that pizza ...


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SAVOR Nando Milano Trattoria; 'ROOF' wraps up - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Nando Milano Trattoria ( 2114 W. Division St.; NandoMilano.com ) is on a stretch of Ukrainian Village populated by other eateries such as Takito and Folklore. Nando is a charming and worthy occupant of said stretch. A gorgeous Chicago evening recently provided the opportunity to sit inside or outside ( in a similarly gorgeous area that was cordoned off on ...


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RR Productions to present 'Brunch Remixed' - RR Productions will present "Brunch Remixed" at Ada Street, 1664 N. Ada St., on Sunday, Sept. 18. Doors will open at 11 a.m., with brunch being served at noon. The event will conclude at 3:30 p.m. "Brunch Remixed" will be a mix of creative art, hot music, food and tasty cocktails. Sam Kirk will be displaying her artwork, while DJ ...


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Dining news: Garrett Popcorn, ACTIVATE event, jazz brunch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Garrett Popcorn Shops has announced its partnership with Feeding America in support of its mission to feed this country's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks, and engage the country in the fight to end hunger. September is Hunger Action Month, and Garrett Popcorn has unveiled its co-branded, special-edition Feeding America Tin design. Garrett will donate 10 percent ...


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SAVOR Green Bean; Bistro Campagne - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Green Bean ( 734 W. Fullerton Ave.; GreenBeanRestaurant.com ) advertises itself as an "alternative fast-food restaurant," and it certainly is—down to the music piping from the speakers ( songs from acts such as AWOLNATION, Foster the People and Cake, to name a few ). Opened in 2015 by partners Aaron Bush and Chef Mike Watson, Green Bean offers fare that's, ...


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Dining news: GiftAMeal app, Gene & Georgetti, Del Frisco's - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Every time someone takes a photo in a restaurant, dining app GiftAMeal provides a meal to someone in need in the local community. Users may also recommend the restaurant to friends and share their photos to social media to provide additional meals. GiftAMeal ( formerly FoodShare ) has partnered with more than 20 Chicagoland restaurants, and has provided more than ...


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SAVOR Texas de Brazil; Kanela Andersonville - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - BY ANDREW DAVIS Deals that offer all you can eat ( or drink ) for a particular price can become the bane of one's existence. From buffets to bottomless mimosas, people will pay a certain amount of money—and sometimes don't get their money's worth, as they'll have one plate of food or a single mimosa. Brazilian steakhouses fall into that ...


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SAVOR Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - South Loop restaurant Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon ( 1132 S. Wabash Ave.; BellyUpChicago.com ) feels like it's something straight out of a Luke Bryan song. That's certainly not a criticism. ( After all, who couldn't listen to the easy-on-the-eyes Bryan? ) But the giant U.S. flag, wood decor, prominent bourbon barrels, water served in rye bottles, and good-ol'-boy music ...


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Dining news: Hoy tasting, Oyster Bah, restaurant openings - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago Hispanic newspaper Hoy hosted its inaugural Noche de Agave event Aug. 18 at Morgan's on Fulton. Guests sampled tequila brands such as El Jimador, Tequila Herradura, Balam, Cruz de Fuego, Trianon Tequila and Flor de Deseirto while enjoying hors d'oeuvres from French/Mexican restaurant Mexique. —On Monday, Sept. 5, Oyster Bah, 1962 N. Halsted St., will offer Labor Day specials. ...


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SAVOR 312 Chicago - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times By Tarina Hargrays - Two words come to mind when stepping inside 312 Chicago ( 136 N. LaSalle St., 312Chicago.com ): "upscale" and "chic." The Italian eatery is located just in the heart of the Loop and has been open for more than 18 years. Its seasonal menus and impeccable customer service might be to thank for 312 Chicago's long-time success. When entering 312 ...


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Dining news: Paella contest, Cantina 1910 closes, Replay anniv. - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chef Jose Garces again challenges local chefs to prepare the perfect paella at the 3rd Annual Paella Cook-Off at Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave., on Thursday, Aug. 25, 6-9 p.m. The chefs competing in the contest—an ancillary event produced in conjunction with Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet—includes Salero's Ashlee Aubin, The Gwen's Angelina Bastidas, Travelle's Ricardo Jarquin, ...


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SAVOR Revival Food Hall - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Revival Food Hall ( 125 N. Clark St., RevivalFoodHall.com ) aims to make quite a dent in the Loop lunch scene with what could be called a "culinary collage"—a compendium of some 15 vendors that sell everyone from tacos and catfish to health juices. Vendors include Aloha Poke, Brown Bag Seafood Co., The Budlong, Smoque, Graze Kitchenette, Furious Spoon, Danke, ...


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Dining: RockFit, Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, 'The Thunderbird' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard St., has unveiled RockFit fare, a roster of health-conscious special lunch items. Executive Chef/Partner Amanda Downing's alternatives to lunch plates includes a blackened salmon sandwich ( baby arugula, tomato, avocado spread, harvest wheat bun ) for $16 on Aug. 22-26, and marinated tofu caprese ( farmers market tomatoes, baby greens, pesto ) for ...


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Dining news: Air and Water Show specials, Inspiration closes - —In honor of the 58th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, Kanela Breakfast Club in Old Town, 1552 N. Wells St., will offer a special "French Toast Flight" with lemon poppyseed, red velvet, banana nut and orange bread. Guests can pair the flight with one of Kanela's many new summer cocktails for $9 each including the Perks of being an ...


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SAVOR Fig & Olive; Taste of A'ville coming up - Elegant Gold Coast restaurant Fig & Olive ( 104 E. Oak St.; FigAndOlive.com ) is still bringing the goods, this time with its summer menu. Watermelon and asparagus are among the items emphasized on Fig & Olive's current menu, available through late September. Things started off well with a raspberry mojito that was just on the right side of tartness—and ...


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SAVOR Lark - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Boystown restaurant Lark ( 3441 N. Halsted St.; LarkChicago.com ) basically has something for everyone. As for the name, owner Mark Liberson—who seemingly owns half of the Boystown strip—told Windy City Times, "Lark was inspired by the idea of bringing people together, like 'birds of a feather flocking together,' and having a lark, engaging in mischievous, light-hearted fun together. In ...


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Rosebud breakfast; Taste of A'ville coming up - Dish extra Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Staking a claim in what some say is an almost non-existent power breakfast scene in the Loop is Rosebud Prime ( 1 S. Dearborn St.; RosebudRestaurants.com ). Rosebud Prime is already pretty popular for lunch and dinner—and now it's serving breakfast 8-10:30 a.m. on Monday through Friday. Among the options are three different eggs Benedicts ( traditional, filet and Maryland ...


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Five Worth Finding: Suicide Squad, Slo Mo Jams and others - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Suicide Squad: Out Friday, Aug. 5, this newest superhero, uh, supervillain movie stars Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto and a slew of others star in a film about a group of baddies recruited to go on black ops missions in exchange for clemency—and saving the world. —Home Run Inn: A recent revisit to this restaurant ( ...


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Dining news: Luella's breakfast, Olympics promotions - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Luella's Southern Kitchen, 4609 N. Lincoln Ave., is now providing weekday breakfast 6:30-10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Among the items are jambalaya with Carolina gold rice, Andouille sausage and poached eggs ( $11 ); and Nashville Hot chicken and waffles, prepared with golden crispy chicken, Nashville hot sauce and maple syrup, all atop liege waffles ( $12 ). Weekend brunch ...


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SAVOR Uncle Julio's - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Originally opened in Dallas, Uncle Julio's ( 855 W. North Ave. and other Chicagoland locations; UncleJulios.com ) has now spread to locations across the country, but its Texas roots are still strong. Everything from its south-of-the-border-inspired decor to its mesquite-grilled fajitas and "go big or go home" portions transports it patrons away from the busy Lincoln Park streets and into ...


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Dining news: Lollapalooza specials, soccer team appearance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —In honor of Lollapalooza, Forno Rosso, 1048 W. Randolph St., will offer a special Red Hot Chili Pepper Pizza on July 28-31 for $15. The pizza will feature spicy soppressata, Calabrian peppers, chili pepper, house-made spicy oil and basil; see FornoRossoPizzeria.com. Also, Kanela Wicker Park, 1048 N. Milwaukee Ave., is offering a special "Lollapaloma" featuring Red Hot Chili Pepper-infused tequila, ...


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SAVOR LondonHouse Chicago's rooftop bar - LondonHouse Chicago's rooftop bar ( 85 E. Upper Wacker Dr.; LondonHouseChicago.com ) is at the center of a lot of buzz these days—and one of the reasons becomes obvious when going to the dining establishment, as it's the only tri-level rooftop venue in Chicago, as it's on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd floors of the LondonHouse hotel ( called, respectively, ...


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Dining news: Restaurant closings, Smack Shack, Uncle Julio's - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Vivo recently closed after a quarter-century in the West Loop, Eater Chicago noted. The owners of AMK Kitchen Bar, a Bucktown restaurant that opened in June 2015, have purchased Vivo's Randolph Restaurant Row space; in late July, they'll open a pop-up concept called Nosh & Booze. —Also recently closing was Embeya. Eater Chicago reported that the West Loop spot suddenly ...


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SAVOR Dolce Italian - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - From its décor down to its music, Dolce Italian, located at the Godfrey Hotel ( 127 W. Huron St.; DolceItalianRestaurant.com ), knows how to do modernized Italian-style cuisine. The restaurant has been open for about a year now and if you're trying to avoid busy lunch spots, this might be the place for you. When one goes for Italian food, ...







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