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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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DISH: Crew Sports Bar + Grill; Leghorn expands - - A few years ago, I remember attending an LGBT-focused event downtown. There were various goodies on the table, and I asked a then-intern if he wanted anything. "Are you kidding?," he responded. "There are carbs everywhere—and no vegetables anywhere." Well, he might head for the hills upon seeing the menu at the gay gathering spot known as Crew Sports Bar ...


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DISH: SAVOR El Mariachi Tequila Bar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - El Mariachi Tequila Bar ( 3906 N. Broadway; http://elmariachitequilabar.com/ ) is in the same family of restaurants as Tutto Fresco Trattoria, El Mariachi Restaurant and Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse—all along a five-block stretch in Lake View. I've previously profiled Revolucion—and raved about his brunch. In many ways, El Mariachi Tequila Bar is similar; in other ways, it's not. Let's start with ...


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Dining: Kanela cocktails; Crew's ownership changes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Kanela Breakfast Club in Old Town, Lake View and Wicker Park—which recently received its liquor license—has debuted a menu of classic and seasonal cocktails. Guests can sip on specialty drinks ranging from $7 to $8 each, including the Apricot Elderflower Bubbly, Almond Joy Latte, Vodka Caramel Apple Cider and more. —Brian Wells and Steve Milford—who founded and opened Crew ( ...


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DINING 'Dinner Party' kicks off fourth year - "The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano," held at City Winery, kicked off its fourth year Jan. 12 with a pre-event wine-tasting featuring famed sommelier Robert Houde that benefitted The Trotter Project. After sipping wine, chef Kevin Hickey of The Duck Inn cooked for Bill Kurtis, SNL alumna Julia Sweeney, musician Nicholas Barron, host Elysabeth Alfano and the audience of 170 ...


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Sugar & Spice: Osteria Langhe - An Italian newcomer in an easy-to-miss Armitage Avenue space in Logan Square has made quite a splash on the Chicago dining scene in a few short months. Osteria Langhe serves cuisine from Italy's Piedmont region, a hilly area bordering France and Switzerland. The traditional dishes feature the region's famous white truffles, fragrant herbs and rich, eggy pastas, with hardly a ...


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Dining news: Red Dress Party funder; American Junkie sold - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Several restaurants will take part Thursday, Jan. 29, 6-10 p.m., in a fundraising project for the Chicago Red Dress Party. ( The party will take place April 18. ) Ten spots will be involved, including both mEAT restaurants, DS Tequila, Dive Bar, Hamburger Mary's, Bountiful Eatery, Nookies in Edgewater, Jack's on Halsted and two Giordano's sites ( 815 W. Van ...


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DISH: SAVOR Highlights of 2014 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It says a lot about the local restaurant scene that I had to wait until the very end of the year was over before compiling this list. Chicago is, as many know, one of the great culinary centers in this country—and this was verified constantly from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Below are some of the most memorable experiences I ...


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Dining news: Giordano's in A'ville; Signature Room; Senza closing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Giordano's restaurant that's replacing Ann Sather in Andersonville ( at 5207 N. Clark St. ) is slated to open in March. Ann Sather owner and 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney announced in 2013 he had sold the building housing his chain's Andersonville location to Newcastle Limited, DNAinfo.com reported. —The Signature Room, 875 N. Michigan Ave., has expanded its brunch ...


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DISH: SAVOR Senza; Bar Toma - We're only a couple weeks into 2015—and it's possible that I've already had the best culinary experience I'll have all year. Moreover, it happened at a restaurant that's closing this weekend ( Jan. 17, to be specific ). Lake View restaurant Senza ( 2873 N. Broadway; http://www.senzachicago.com/ ) has a Michelin star for at least two very good reasons: Noah ...


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Sugar & Spice: Little Bad Wolf - I was excited when I heard that the owners of Burger Philosophy were turning the Bryn Mawr Avenue spot into a new bar/restaurant concept in Andersonville. While Burger Philosophy served a pretty good burger, the place was desperately lacking in ambiance and didn't serve alcohol, so it just didn't seem to have the potential to become a go-to neighborhood hangout. ...


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Dining news: Chicago Restaurant Week; food trends - —Chicago Restaurant Week will take place Jan. 30-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, Oceanique, Piccolo Sogno, GT Fish & Oyster, and Vermilion. Make online reservations at http://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/dining/chicago-restaurant-week/. —The National Restaurant Association's What's Hot in 2015 culinary ...


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The Butcher's Tap; 'Visit Phoenix' at Farmhouse - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - From a culinary standpoint, Commonwealth Tavern ( which I reviewed recently ) could possibly take a page or two from The Butcher's Tap ( 3553 N. Southport Ave.; http://thebutcherstap.com/ ). While the fare at Butcher's was not as elaborate as Commonwealth's, the overall execution seemed to be better. It might seem like the last thing the Southport corridor might need ...


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Dining news: Lyric Opera wine auction; another Porkchop stop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The women's board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced that the triennial gala Wine Auction 2015 will take place Saturday, Feb. 7, on the stage of the Ardis Krainik Theatre, 20 N. Upper Wacker Dr. At the event, the board will unveil its commemorative wine, Song, which is bottled in Napa Valley, California. Tickets are $1,500 each; call ...


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Gift Theatre honors chef Art Smith - The Gift Theatre marked its 13th year with The GIFT Gala 2014, held at the Chicago Cultural Center. The company honored chef Art Smith, this year's recipient of the Total Gift Award, with a culinary and theatrical experience. Smith—the former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey and current co-owner of the upscale Southern comfort-food restaurant Table Fifty-two—founded the non-profit charity Common ...


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Sugar & Spice - Some people might measure their year in cities visited, dollars earned or goals accomplished. I measure mine in delicious food eaten in Chicago—and let me tell you, 2014 was a good year. I love looking back on each passing year, thinking about great new restaurants that have burst onto the scene and old favorites that have shuttered their doors ( ...


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Dining news: Fabio Viviani's wine; Eduardo's updates - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chef Fabio Viviani has launched his eponymous wine brand, Fabio Viviani Wine Collection. The collection will include a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Chardonnay. The Cabernet features notes of cherry, blackberry, plum, chocolate and coffee, while the Chardonnay has aromas of golden apple, pear and peach. Fabio Viviani Wines will retail $13-$15 per bottle. For more information, visit www.fabiovivianiwines.com. —Eduardo's ...


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Dining news: Winter doughnuts; $260 chocolate bar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The artisan doughnut shop Glazed and Infused has created two new items for custom catering orders, the Christmas Tree Doughnut Tower and Snowman Doughnuts. Glazed and Infused's 18-inch-tall tower ( $80 ) is composed of more than 100 doughnut holes decorated in seasonal green and red sprinkles. Also, hot-drink options include a Hazelnut Macchiato, Iced Dark and Iced White Mocha; ...


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Local pastry chef prepares for'Cutthroat Kitchen' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pastry chef Teddy Heidt will be on The Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen Sunday, Dec. 28. Heidt is a co-owner of RP Catering & Events alongside his partner, Ryan Arndt. The two met at Chicago's Le Cordon Bleu; Arndt the culinary chef and Heidt the pastry chef with a history in business and communications, the two thought they'd make the perfect ...


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Boystown's Bountiful Eatery: Food, fitness, environment - Winner of the 2013 and 2014 Eat24 Top Rated restaurant award, in addition to the Lakeview East Healthy Choices Award, Bountiful Eatery, 3312 N. Broadway, is a gluten-free choice for fresh, healthy eating. The décor is clean and modern, and it's easily a great place to chat or do work on your laptop. Healthy magazines are strewn about to peruse ...


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DISH: SAVOR Commonwealth Tavern; Kanela; '12 Cocktails of Christmas' - Roscoe Village's Commonwealth Tavern ( 2000 W. Roscoe Ave.; http://www.commonwealthchicago.com/ ) has replaced Mulligan's—and the results are striking, at least in terms of decor. Commonwealth, which opened in February, certainly has a welcoming vibe—and the food will appeal to patrons. At least the appetizers will. The nachos ( with pork, beer cheese, Chihuahua cheese, salsa verde, crema and escabeche ) ...


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Sugar & Spice: RPM Steak - RPM Steak, River North's glitzy new steakhouse is pure decadence, from start to finish, with a price tag to match. The Kinzie Street space is handsome and mod. There's a bit of a mid-century vibe to the decor and you can sort of imagine Don Draper chain-smoking his way through a mostly liquid lunch at one of the luxe leather ...


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Dining news: Gift-guide suggestions; Allis afternoon tea - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Gift guide alert: Artizone ( www.Artizone.com ) offers a lot. Consider subscribing someone to a Club of the Month (e.g., Spice or Tasting Menu of the Month) or a unique offering such as the Black Dog Gelato Hot Chocolate Kit (and that gelato is delicious, trust me). Plus, the company delivers locally and ships nationally. —Another gift suggestion? Wicked Good ...


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Lesbian partners open art gallery/cafe in Kenwood - By Ross Forman Dr. Nancy Jackson has long collected African art, as well as antiques, Black memorabilia and more. In fact, she's saved so much over the years, the relics were overtaking her South Side home, she admitted with a smile. Gwen Pruitt, meanwhile, has been an artist locally for more than 15 years. Jackson and Pruitt have been partners ...


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DISH Something brewing - Recently, I attended a four-course brunch ( although it felt like a lot more ) at American Craft Kitchen ( 151 E. Wacker Dr.; http://www.chicagoregency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/americancraftkitchenandbar.html ). The brunch was actually a special event coordinated with Milwaukee-based Lakefront Brewery. ( It helped that it took place on the day of a Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game—yes, the one, where the Packers ...


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DISH: SAVOR FruVe XPress Juicery; Yogen Fruz; Burger Boss' pasta - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - FruVé XPress Juicery ( 1130 S. Wabash Ave.; http://www.fruvexpressjuicery.com/ ) is probably the most healthful place I've been in this year—and this place proves that something that's good for you can also taste pretty good. FruVé ( "a combination of fruit and vegetable," according to co-founder Dominique Dunn ) has one of the more intriguing selections of smoothies. Varieties include ...


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DISH Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse - I recently witnessed a crime in Lake View—of the culinary kind. I was walking through Boystown on a recent weekend, and a certain popular Swedish restaurant ( all right, Ann Sather ) was bustling as usual—and justifiably so, as those cinnamon rolls are an institution. However, about two blocks away, Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse ( 3443 N. Broadway; http://revolucionsteakhouse.com/ ) was ...


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Dining news: The Atwood's offers; Purple Pig lawsuit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Through Dec. 24, 312 Chicago and Atwood Restaurant are offering a complimentary refill of house-made mulled wine when guests bring their trademark Christkindlmarket mug or boot to dinner ( with entrée purchase ). 312 Chicago's house-made wine, Vin Brule, is an Italian wine punch made by adding lemon peels, orange peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star of anise, sugar and a ...


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GroceryLand marks 40 years of service - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This Thanksgiving season marked the 40th anniversary of GroceryLand, located at 5543 N. Broadway. Now known as Vital Bridges under the Heartland Alliance, the vision of GroceryLand has expanded to two more locations on the South and West sides of Chicago. GroceryLand originated as a means for people with HIV to find affordable groceries—especially around the holidays. Mostly volunteer-run, GroceryLand ...


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Sugar & Spice: Parlor Pizza Bar - There's a casual new dining option in the West Loop, which usually tends to focus on more upscale restaurants. Parlor Pizza Bar opened in September, just in time for patrons to luxuriate in summer's lasts gasps on the patio. For now, you'll be enjoying the uniquely topped thin crust pizzas inside ( next to one of the blazing wood-fired ovens, ...


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AFC prepares for World of Chocolate - On Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m., The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) will present the 13th annual World of Chocolate ( WoC ) at Union Station, at South Riverside Plaza. Both AFC President/CEO John Peller and Jill Allread, one of WoC's co-chairs, talked with Windy City Times about this year's undertakings. While Peller has been with AFC ...


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New Wicker Park restaurant; "Ballerina Hot Chocolate" - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago restaurant veteran Michael Taus is aiming for a mid-to-late January launch of Taus Authentic—a brand-new, 6,000-square-foot Wicker Park restaurant ( at the former Prasino space at 1846 W. Division St. ). Taus worked in the kitchens of Chef Pierre Pollin at Le Titi de Paris, Chef Joachim Splichal at Patina and Chef Charlie Trotter before launching his own restaurant, ...


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DISH: SAVOR Old Crow Smokehouse; Kokopelli - Chef Tony Scruggs is Old Crow Smokehouse ( 3506 N. Clark St.; http://www.oldcrowsmokehouse.com/ ). This is something he told me directly, although he didn't need to. An engaging personality, Scruggs is an expert storyteller, talking about everything from his time on the Fox show Masterchef ( where he finished 16th ) to the fact that he travels 60 miles to ...


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Mapplethorpe; In These Boxes; Art Smith to be honored - Mapplethorpe exhibition through Nov. 22 "Robert Mapplethorpe: Photographs from The Kinsey Institute Collection" will go on display through Nov. 22 at Indiana University's Grunwald Gallery. With the Grunwald Gallery and The Kinsey Institute jointly presenting, the exhibition marks the first time this group of photographs has been publicly shown. For further information, contact the Grunwald Gallery at 812-855-8490 or grunwald@indiana.edu. ...


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Thanksgiving options; award-winning restaurants - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Coco Pazzo Cafe, 636 N. St. Clair St., will be open Thanksgiving, offering a meal for $45. Some of the items on this menu include acorn squash soup; carnarolli rice folded with shrimp, basil pesto and kale; pan-roasted whitefish; herb-roasted turkey breast; and panettone bread pudding with amaretto sauce. Visit www.cocopazzochicago.com. —This holiday season, The Boundary, 1932 W. Division St., ...


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Bow & Stern Oyster Bar - The way that seafood is prepared and served is pretty tried and true, so few restaurants deviate successfully from the established pattern. Wicker Park's Bow & Stern Oyster Bar, however, updates old standards with uber-fresh ingredients and creative pairings. The roomy Chicago Avenue space, which used to be a public library, is dressed in warm wood and soothing blues, with ...


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DISH Chez Moi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bienvenue to Chef Dominique Tougne's restaurant and home of away from home: Chez Moi ( or "my home" ). Chez Moi is a French bistro created out of Tougne's vision to bring authentic food from his home in northeast France to Chicago. Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, the restaurant is easily accessible from CTA and has adjacent street ...


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Dining news: Leghorn expands; Argo Tea app - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Element Collective and Chef Jared Van Camp have announced an expansion of their Leghorn Chicken brand with the launch of Leghorn Café at 600 N. LaSalle St. at the former Ohio House diner. The menu, by Van Camp, will once again feature fried-chicken sandwiches; however, food offerings will now expand to include a new breakfast focus, as it will open ...


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DISH: Bar Pastoral; Stetsons - SAVOR - Looking for a place with an intimate ambiance, knowledgeable staff and decadent food? Well, then, the Lake View bistro Bar Pastoral ( 2947 N. Broadway; http://www.pastoralartisan.com/bar-pastoral ) might just be your spot. And, yes, it's connected—literally—to the decade-old flagship location of PastoralArtisan Cheese, Bread & Wine. ( Bar Pastoral is marking its own second anniversary with everything from a $99 ...


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DISH: SAVOR Chicago Grind - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Formerly Coffee Chicago, Chicago Grind ( 5256 N. Broadway; www.chicagogrind.com/ ) reopened in September. The location may be the same, but the look is decidedly different—with a makeover including lights that make the spot look brighter and a re-design that give the space a much sleeker/contemporary appearance ( thanks, in part, to new tables and seating such as couches ). ...


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New Gold Coast spot; Glazed and Infused's late hours - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —La Storia Ristorante, the newest concept from Ideology Entertainment, is slated to open this year in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood at 1154 N. Dearborn St. The multilevel Italian restaurant will span two former residences—one built in 1896 and the other 1918—that have undergone extensive renovations. La Storia is a 4,000-square-foot property that will seat approximately 120 people. Visit www.lastoriachicago.com. —Glazed ...


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Sugar & Spice: Summerdale - If the atmosphere at Andersonville's newest eatery, Summerdale, were as spot-on as the food, the place would be an instant hit. Unfortunately, the dining room is suffering from a bit of an identity crisis, and the result is a too-bright and too-loud space that doesn't make you want to linger—which is a shame because there's a nice list of both ...


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







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