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Baconfest-expanding-

Baconfest expanding - The annual Baconfest Chicago event has been so successful that it's expanding. While it's still being held at the UIC Forum, it's now three sessions spread out over two days ( April 25-26 ). General-admission tickets ( $100 plus ticketing fees ) and VIP passes are available at http://baconfestchicago2014.eventbrite.com. A breakdown of which restaurants will exhibit at which exhibit is ...


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


Five-Worth-Finding

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Common-Threads-cooks-at-Farmhouse

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


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


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


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


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


Sugar-Spice-Ora

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


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


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


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


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


DISH-SAVOR-Bistro-Campagne

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


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


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Dining news: Caffeinated Club launches; Lent specials - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Caffeinated Club—a lightly flavored soda water with caffeine—held its launch Feb. 25 at the Public Hotel, 1301 N. State St. Each single-serving plastic, recyclable, BPA-free bottle of Caffeinated Club contains 12 ounces of filtered carbonated water, and is currently offered in lemon, raspberry, orange-grapefruit and clear ( unflavored ). See www.CaffeinatedClub.com. —For Lent ( March 5-April 20 ), Chicago Cut ...


Halsted-Vodka-moving-to-statewide-launch

Halsted Vodka moving to statewide launch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Stoller Wholesale Wine & Spirits, Inc. is distributing Halsted Vodka: The Spirit of the Gay Community. The move is part of the brand's expansion strategy as it moves to markets statewide and more broadly in Chicago. Named for North Halsted Street in Chicago, 15 percent of the value that Halsted Vodka creates—equity as well as profits—is being donated to support ...


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DISH WEEKLY DINING GUIDE: Big & Little's - Big & Little's, a River North burger and po' boy joint, was put on the map after being featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." I've been wanting to check out the now-famous fried seafood and duck fat fries for some time now. So, when a second location opened a few weeks ago in Lakeview, I got in ...


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Chocolate-themed event has a jazzy vibe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the ninth year in a row, The French Pastry School hosted "For the Love of Chocolate," a sweet experience that grows bigger each year. On Feb. 22, it was held at the Union League Club of Chicago, with a theme inspired by The Great Gatsby time period. Additional photospread at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-03-04&AGALLERY=ChocChosenNunn ] The Jazz Age came alive ...


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Devon Seafood Grill; Delightful Pastries - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - Devon Seafood Grill ( 39 E. Chicago Ave.; www.devonseafood.com ) is one of those restaurants with a certain upscale feel but, thankfully, a laid-back personality. Devon has a spacious bar area when you walk into the place. However, a roomy dining room awaits downstairs—complete with semi-private areas off to the side, which my friend and I decided to use. Besides ...


SAVOR-County-Barbeque

SAVOR County Barbeque - DISH: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - County Barbeque ( 1352 W. Taylor St.; http://dmkcountybarbeque.com ) is a little eatery/bar that has some items with big taste. It's a place that's truly smokin' ( pun intended ). [Additional photos at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-02-25&AGALLERY=CountyChosen .] This place truly reflects the South, down to the country music that was blaring over the table my friend and I shared. ( ...


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Porkchop in Hyde Park; Clark St. nears 3 million hot dogs - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Porkchop, a restaurant/whiskey bar that has been in the West Loop since 2011, is opening a new branch in Hyde Park at 1516 E. Harper Ct. The new space is reminiscent of the Randolph Street venue, complete with a wall of rustic saws; and reclaimed wood tables with bolted-on bars to hold the paper towel "napkins." However, this will also ...


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SpritzBurger opens; Baconfest expands - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hearty Boys open new restaurant: SpritzBurger The culinary duo The Hearty Boys ( Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh )—in conjunction with award-winning pastry chef Gale Gand—opened SpritzBurger on Feb. 14. SpritzBurger opened at 3819 N. Broadway, taking the place of the Hearty Boys now-former eatery Hearty. Dinner is first-come, first-served and is open 5-10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Sunday ...


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Dining news: Wine-tasting app; National Margarita Day - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Quini—an interactive wine tasting, rating and recommendations application and data solutions provider ( www.quiniwine.com )—announced that its wine-tasting mobile app is now available for iPhone and iPad through the Apple App Store. A Web-based version for desktop and laptop computers is also live at https://quiniwine.com/signup. Quini allows wine experts, enthusiasts and novices to review and rate wines. —Guests who visit ...


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DISH WEEKLY DINING GUIDE: Kinmont - When I heard that the people behind one of my all-time favorite Chicago restaurants, Nellcote, opened a sustainable fish and seafood restaurant, I was intrigued. Kinmont opened just a few weeks ago in the River North space that previously housed Zealous. Kinmont derives its name from a 19th century fly-fishing lure that early sustainable fishermen used to catch artisan salmon. ...


SAVOR-Da-Lobsta

SAVOR Da Lobsta - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE Special to on the online edition of Windy City Times - As one might guess from its name, Da Lobsta (12 E. Cedar St. and 131 N. Clinton St., in the French Market; www.DaLobstaChicago.com) specializes in items featuring a certain crustacean. Previously, when it came to lobster, the only options were to cook them at home (which this writer isn't doing any time soon) or eat at a pricey restaurant. However, ...


Tanta

Tanta - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - For those looking for something tasty and different, the Peruvian restaurant Tanta ( 118 W. Grand Ave.; www.TantaChicago.com ) offers both. [Additional photo gallery at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-02-12&AGALLERY=Tanta .] The restaurant boasts an impressive background. It comes from the mind of esteemed chef Gaston Acurio, who is responsible for more than 30 eateries around the globe. Tanta has a bright, ...


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Dining news: Valentine's Day options; "Pride Platter" - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chef Takashi Yagihashi is offering a special Eight Course "Bleeding Heart" Tasting Menu at his four-time Michelin star-winning restaurant Takashi, 1952 North Damen St., on Feb. 14-15. The menu ( $110 per guest, excluding tax and gratuity ) will include butter-packed lobster, Miyagi oyster with blood orange pave vinaigrette, "Coffee and Chocolate Affair" and passionfruit souffle, among other items. ( ...


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Terry's Toffee: A sweet sensation for many, including stars - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Terry Opalek spent about 20 years working in the non-profit industry, doing membership development—and thought he'd stay in that field for the rest of his life. [Photo gallery at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-02-11&AGALLERY=TerrToffOpalek .] But then, through an inner urging, as he described, he took a class, The Artist's Way, based on the book of the same name by Julia Cameron. ...


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DISH WEEKLY DINING GUIDE: ARTango Bistro - ARTango, a longtime Ravenswood dance studio and event space, recently expanded its offerings to include a South American bistro. Initially, I was skeptical about the addition of a restaurant. I wondered whether the food would be an afterthought to the tango lessons. So, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the food is inspired, expertly prepared and, frankly, delicious. The owners ...


Food-for-Thought-offers-hassle-free-options

Food for Thought offers hassle-free options - They don't always cater extra-large events, but they have. Food For Thought was the caterer for the University of Chicago commencement—with 12,000 guests. But with 350 employees and nearly 30 years of experience, the Lincolnwood-based company is the perfect choice for events of any size. And that definitely includes gay weddings. "We cater all events, from small house parties to ...


Dining-news-Valentines-Day-options-taco-eating-contest

Dining news: Valentine's Day options; taco-eating contest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —At Tavern on Rush, 1031 N. Rush St., Executive Chef John Gatsos will prepare a four-course dinner designed specially for two ( $70 per person ). The meal includes Atlantic fluke crudo, crisp baby greens, filet mignon, potato-wrapped sea bass, a variety of special desserts and a glass of champagne. See www.TavernOnRush.com. —ENO Wine Bar, 505 N. Michigan Ave., is ...


DISH-mEAT

DISH: mEAT - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the middle of Boystown a new restaurant was launched about a month ago by the owners of minibar ( which is next door ), John Dalton and Stu Zirin. mEAT ( www.eatatmeat.com ) has much more to it than just a catchy title. Serving cage- and hormone-free meat along with wild-caught seafood demonstrates the owners are socially aware, offering ...


Luxbar-take-two

Luxbar (take two) - The Gold Coast eatery Luxbar ( 18 E. Bellevue St.; www.luxbar.com ) has retained a lot of things but has made a big change: There's a new executive chef, Shaun Connolly, who has worked at Rockit Ranch Productions, Nightwood, Epic, Terragusto and Takashi, among other stops. Regulars shouldn't worry—Connolly has left the restaurant's famous fried chicken and Snickers pie ( ...


First-Look-for-Charity-preview-

First Look for Charity preview - Recently, there was a media preview at McGrath Acura, 1301 N. Elston Ave., for the cuisine and spirits that will be served at the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity. If the preview's any indication, the attendees at First Look will have a lot more to look forward to than eye-popping vehicles. There were tasting stations, with samples of ...


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Dining news: Wagyu steak taco; Iron Chef event at Japonais - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Takito Kitchen, 2013 W. Division St., has unveiled a special $20 Wagyu steak taco that chef/partner David Dworshak has prepared. The taco ( which can be split in two for easy sharing ) features grilled Wagyu steak, foie gras, truffled mushrooms, Parmesan, Urban Till arugula and smoked cayenne atop a black garlic tortilla. —To officially launch the collaboration between Japonais, ...


DISH-WEEKLY-DINING-GUIDE-Acre

DISH WEEKLY DINING GUIDE: Acre - Typically, when I pass by Andersonville's adorable shared space restaurant that is Ombra and Acre, I can't resist the Italian small plates at Ombra ( those polenta fries! ). But, a recent irresistible craving for oysters finally got me through the door at Acre, and it was quite the pleasant surprise. Several trusted Andersonville sources ( my friends ) had ...


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Chicago Restaurant Week; Gino's East relocates - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago Restaurant Week will actually be 14 days this year ( Jan. 24-Feb. 6 ). The annual culinary celebration will feature prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner ( excluding beverages, tax and gratuity ). Among the many city and suburban restaurants participating are Allium, bistronomic, Cicchetti, Bistrot Zinc, Farmhouse Chicago, Henri, Mon ...


Restaurant-profile-Cicchetti

Restaurant profile: Cicchetti - DISH: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nestled in Streeterville is Cicchetti ( 671 N. St Clair St.; http://cicchettirestaurant.com ), an Italian restaurant that is the first-ever newly constructed Green Seal-certified eatery in Chicago. ( Among the environmental-friendly aspects are antibiotic-free meat and daily leftover food donations. ) Those who are familiar with tapas restaurants would be familiar with the items offered here, which include Venetian-inspired small ...


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Kanela notes Soup Month; Chicago Restaurant Week - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —In recognition of National Soup Month, any guest who donates a canned soup or non-perishable food item at Kanela ( either location ) will receive a complimentary order of loukoumades ( Greek doughnut, lemon honey syrup and toasted walnuts ). Donations will be made to a local food pantry. —Chicago Restaurant Week will actually be 14 days this year ( ...


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DISH WEEKLY DINING GUIDE: Bavette's Bar & Boeuf - My love affair with Bavette's Bar & Boeuf began the moment I stepped out of the bone-chilling Chicago cold and into the dark and sexy dining room—before I ever spread a bit of salty butter on a hunk of hot fresh-baked bread, before I washed my first oyster down with a sip of bubbly and before a single ounce of ...


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Dining news: Alpana Singh's award; Icosium Kafe closes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Boarding House owner Alpana Singh will accept the 2013 Sommelier of the Year Wine Star Award from Wine Enthusiast magazine in New York City on Jan. 27. People.com has reported on celebrity sightings and ABC's new TV series Betrayal has filmed multiple episodes at the four-story restaurant. —Algerian creperie Icosium Kafe, 5200 N. Clark St., has closed after eight ...


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Dinkel's: Nine decades and counting for sweet institution - Dinkel's Bakery & Cafe ( 3329 N. Lincoln Ave.; www.dinkels.com ) opened in 1922 ( at 3327 N. Lincoln Ave. ). To put that in perspective, at that point: —Only one world war had taken place; —Prohibition was ongoing; —Warren G. Harding was president of the United States and Calvin Coolidge was vice president; and —The Chicago Cubs had only ...


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Hash House combines menus; Golden Globes special - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Hash House A Go Go, 1212 N. State Pkwy., now has a singular all-day and all-night brunch menu featuring its take on farm food that will be served at the restaurant from open to close each day. Items including flapjacks, burgers and the famous sage fried chicken and waffles have been condensed into one brunch menu. See www.hashhouseagogo.com/chicago. —ShowPlace ICON ...


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Open Hand's Cannon, volunteers deliver Christmas meals - To commemorate Open Hand's 25th anniversary, Lori Cannon and her loyal pantry volunteers deliver Christmas Day meals to their home-bound clients living with AIDS. Tom Tunney and the staff of Ann Sathers have been preparing meals for the Christmas Day delivery since 1988. ...


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Dining news: New Year's options; Billy Goat quietly opens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., is offering a "Hangover Brunch" on New Year's Day. Items will include Chorizo and Egg Nachos ( $9.95 ), Brisket Hash Skillet ( $10.95 ) and Jake's Crispy French Toast ( $9.95 ), with cornflake-crusted brioche. The Hangover Brunch is available 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and RSVPs are recommended for both New Year's ...


Sugar-Spice-Brixton

Sugar & Spice: Brixton - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - The Clark Street space that once housed In Fine Spirits restaurant and bar ( the liquor store by the same name remains in the building next door ) has been like a revolving door over the last couple of years. A few weeks after In Fine Spirits unceremoniously shuttered in early 2012, Premise, a mercifully brief failed experiment in bizarre ...


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DISH: SAVOR Macku Signature - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Macku Signature ( 2925 N. Halsted St.; http://www.mackusushi.com ) is in the spot the eatery erwin once occupied. However, there are marked differences between the former and current occupants—with the main one being that erwin concentrated on contemporary American cuisine while Macku Signature is a Japanese restaurant. Macku Signature is actually an offshoot of Macku ( 2239 N. Clybourn Ave. ...


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Dining: New Streeterville eatery; Wickets' burger battle - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Restaurant veteran Dan Rosenthal has announced the official launch of Cicchetti ( ( chick-KET-tee ) ), called "the first-ever newly constructed Green Seal Certified restaurant in Chicago." The Venetian-inspired concept, at Erie and St. Clair streets, brings together Executive Chef Mike Sheerin, Sous Chef Phil Rubino and Sous/Pastry Chef Sarah Jordan. ( Cicchetti—also sometimes spelled "cichetti" or "cicheti"—are small snacks ...


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The chief of beef: Talking with Burger Boss' Anthony Gambino - DISH: SAVOR Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new casual eatery with some mighty tasty offerings has opened in Lakeview. Burger Boss ( 3210 N. Southport Ave.; www.theburgerboss.com ) has expanded from its first restaurant in Elmwood Park, still employing its concept of letting guests "Be the Boss" and customize their meals to build their own burgers. ( However, they may choose from the restaurant's signature menu ...


DISH-WEEKLY-DINING-GUIDE-Gogi

DISH WEEKLY DINING GUIDE: Gogi - There's been so much buzz lately about Gogi, a new Korean barbeque restaurant in Rogers Park, so I couldn't resist venturing out one bitter cold night to check it out. I can't say I am bowled over by the place, but I certainly can see what all the fuss is about. With oversized black leather booths and minimalist Asian-inspired décor, ...


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Christmas a la Downton - From a press release - Walk into the past and celebrate Christmas in Manor House Style. Learn Mrs. Eaton's cooking techniques, enjoy Edwardian delicacies roasted chestnut soups, herbed shortbread, individual duck pie, figgie pudding and tea. Reservations limited. Tickets $35 advance purchase required. Order by phone. Earlier seating ( just added ) 2-4pm ) 6:00pm - 8:00pm Lang House B&B 7421 N. Sheridan Rd. 773-764-9851 ...


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Dining news: 'Flashback Brunch'; Meez Meals launches - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Delish Diner, 2018 W. Division St., now has the "Flashback Brunch" at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The brunch features DJ Pac-Man spinning hits from the '70s and '80s along with Motown classics and Soul Train accompanied by music videos. Brunch items will include the Hobo Skillet ( potatoes, onions, green pepper and ham topped with melted cheese ...


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'World of Chocolate' on new day, at new venue - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC's ) annual "World of Chocolate" event will take place on a different day and at a different spot this year. The event will take place Friday, Dec. 6, 6-10 p.m., at the Great Hall at Union Station. However, several items will remain the same, such as exhibitors with chocolate-related creations. There will also be ...


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Hot Doug's: Culinary institution keeps it real - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - You might think a place as revered as Hot Doug's ( 3324 N. California Ave.; www.hotdougs.com ) would have an owner with a huge ego. However, Doug Sohn is just like his hot dog-focused eatery—no pretense. People have praised the restaurant—and it's not just everyday folk who love the place. Anthony Bourdain has called it "one of the 13 place ...


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Sugar & Spice: Saigon Sisters - Tucked away in a small space beneath the el tracks on a downtown stretch of Lake Street is a stylish and inspired upscale Vietnamese restaurant. Saigon Sisters artfully infuses Vietnamese classics with playful modern flair. It's got all of the delicious authenticity you find in Vietnamese eateries in Uptown and plenty of the edgy sophistication that Chicago's West Loop restaurants ...


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Kanela (Old Town); Rockit's brunch; LYFE Kitchen - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - The Old Town branch of Kanela ( 1552 N. Wells St.; www.kanelacafe.com ), thankfully, continues the tradition of the older Lakeview venue with delectable items and friendly service. Poring over the extensive menu might be a bit time-consuming, and could lead the most single-minded person to be a tad indecisive when it comes to selecting what to eat. However, regarding ...


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DINING NEWS: Candy-cane anniversary; Thanksgiving offerings - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Three-time Guinness World Record holder and Pastry Chef of the Year Alain Roby will celebrate the one-year anniversary of his creation of the World's Longest Candy Cane on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the All Chocolate Kitchen, 33 S. Third St., Geneva. Beginning at 6 p.m., Chef Roby will present a 10-foot long smaller replica of his Guinness World Record-breaking 51-foot. ...


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Culinary excellence award nominations announced - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nominations for the 2013 Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence were announced Nov. 19 by Michael Muser, general manager and partner of Grace; Carrie Nahabedian, executive chef of NAHA; and Catherine de Orio, host of Check, Please! during a press conference at the Fairmont Chicago. The Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence is the only Chicago-based awards presentation that recognizes ...


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Italian twist on Thanksgiving; Frontier's mystery menu - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —For Thanksgiving, The Florentine, 151 W. Adams St., will offer a special four-course menu for $65. Choices will include items such as lentil soup; butternut squash ravioli or autumn salad; sausage-stuffed turkey breast or roasted whole Mediterranean sea bass; and apple rosemary crostata with ricotta bomboloni and black truffle honey. Call 312-660-8866. —Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., will host "So ...


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Sugar & Spice: Honey Butter Fried Chicken - Believe the hype, y'all. Honey Butter Fried Chicken really is that good. It's worth the drive, worth the lines, worth every last gram of saturated fat. If you have taste buds, you won't be disappointed by this place. The Avondale space is unassuming on the outside—except for a line that will inevitably be winding out the front door for the ...


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Dining news: Frontier's gumbo cookoff; Southern eatery in the Loop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., is hosting its first-ever "Chef vs. Amateur Gumbo Cookoff" Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. The public will determine the winners; the prizes are $500 ( first ), $200 ( second ) and $100 ( third ). Amateurs who wish to compete should email media@papergirlpr.com with their recipes and a photo of the dishes by ...


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Sugar & Spice: The Grid - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - The Grid ( 351 W. Hubbard St.; http://TheGridChicago.com ) is among the new crop of River North restaurants ( Municipal, Blackfinn Ameripub ) to incorporate a Chicago theme. As one might guess, this eatery is modeled on the city's grid system, as evidenced by a decor that shows what appears to be screens throughout the restaurant. Yes, it's a gimmick—but ...


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Sugar & Spice: Bull Horns Taco Bar - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - After dinner service one Sunday evening in August, Andersonville's Marigold unceremoniously closed its doors. I was bummed about that—I think the "gayborhood" needed a good Indian restaurant. Two months later, a cheap-looking banner was slapped over the original awning, and the Marigold owners reopened the restaurant as Bull Horns Taco Bar. Tacos, you say? Stuffed with classics like carne asada ...


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Bayless back in 'Cascabel'; mk's special benefit - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Lookingglass Theatre, Frontera Grill and Silverguy Entertainment present the return of Rick Bayless in Cascabel: Dinner-Daring-Desire, the production featuring a feast, circus acts, and a love story starring celebrity chef Bayless. Cascabel will return to Chicago next year when it runs at the Goodman Theatre's Owen Bruner Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., July 30-Aug. 24. —On Monday, Nov. 18, at ...


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Burke's Bacon Bar - For those who worship meat—specifically, bacon—a relatively new eatery may just represent their nirvana. Burke's Bacon Bar ( 610 N. Rush St.; www.burkesbaconbar.com ), as its name would indicate, might be a carnivore's paradise. Burke's, which opened in August, is a "grab-and-go" eatery that employs a creative menu of mini-sandwiches, salads, sides and even desserts with bacon themes. ( The ...


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Blackfinn Ameripub opens - Blackfinn Ameripub opens: Blackfinn Ameripub, 65 W. Kinzie St. recently opened with a ribbon-cutting that Ald. Brendan Reilly attended. Items range from starters to flatbreads to steak to "Air, Land & Sea" offerings ( poultry, fish and meat ). More about the restaurant is at http://blackfinnameripub.com/locations/river-north/ . Text and photos by Andrew Davis. Related story at www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Blackfinn-AmeriPub-set-to-open-in-late-Sept/44251.html . ...


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Fulton's chocolate specials; Hubbard Street's "Taste" - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Fulton's on the River is paying special action to Oct. 28, National Chocolate Day, with items such as Fulton's bread pudding croquettes ( served with chocolate cherry sauce, hot buttered rum sauce and Bailey's Irish cream sauce ) and the Chocolate Paradis ( a cake made with Heath Bar crunch and drizzled with a warm caramel-chocolate sauce ). See www.fultonsontheriver.com ...







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