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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; ...


Local-pastry-chef-prepares-forCutthroat-Kitchen

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., ...


Bow-Stern-Oyster-Bar

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 ...


DISH-Chez-Moi

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 ...


DISH-Bar-Pastoral-Stetsons

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 ...


DISH-SAVOR-Chicago-Grind

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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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 ...


DISH-SAVOR-Umami-Burger-Acanto

DISH: SAVOR Umami Burger; Acanto - Umami Burger Wicker Park ( 1480 N. Milwaukee Ave.; https://www.facebook.com/UmamiWickerPark ro www.umamiburger.com/ ) is one of the latest franchises of a chain established in California, New York and Nevada. A recent visit left a friend and me with a positive experience, overall, although there are some aspects that indicate it's still a work in progress. The truffled beet salad ( ...


Dining-news-Hot-Dougs-replacement-Chefs-Hall-of-Fame

Dining news: Hot Doug's replacement; Chefs Hall of Fame - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —As early as Dec. 1, Frank Meats Patty is expected to move into the iconic Avondale space at California and Roscoe that Hot Doug's occupied, according to an NBC Chicago item. Hot Doug's closed its doors for good Oct. 4. Owner Doug Sohn said he has to vacate the building by Nov. 1, adding he plans to auction off the ...


Sugar-Spice-Brunch-at-Trenchermen

Sugar & Spice: Brunch at Trenchermen - If you've tired of the typical Sunday morning pancakes-and-eggs drill, shake up your brunch routine with a trip to Trenchermen, where breakfast classics are cleverly upgraded and reinterpreted. Trenchermen's ( far superior ) version of the Egg McMuffin, for instance, pairs fluffy scrambled eggs with a juicy slice of deliciously salty corned beef, topped with melted Gruyere. Meat lovers hit ...


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Dining news: Sous chef battle; new Andersonville spot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The restaurant 312 Chicago, 136 N. LaSalle St., celebrates Italian Heritage Month with its first annual "Battle of the Sous Chefs" with Luis Silva and Juan Ramirez. Each sous chef is battling it out to win a spot for his appetizer and dessert recipes on 312 Chicago's upcoming winter menu. Dishes include pan-roasted jumbo calamari; crab and shrimp with kale; ...


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Dario Franchitti appears at rare craft event - Former race-car driver and native Scot Dario Franchitti has turned curator, selecting the items for The Balvenie 2nd Annual Rare Craft Collection, a traveling gallery that stopped in Chicago Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Gallery 1028. People took in the exhibition items—which included a handmade coffee table built with gears of a race car, specially crafted bagpipes, boots and a saddle ...


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Renowned chef brings spice and Suzy Wong - Arnold Myint was on vacation last summer at a friend's lake estate in Idaho when and where he befriended the owners of Taverna 750, a Lake View restaurant known for its shared-plate menu. They didn't talk too much business since it was, after all, a vacation. But when Myint visited Chicago over the past year or so, he stopped by ...


DISH-SAVOR-River-Roast

DISH: SAVOR River Roast - River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St., has a lot to live up to. For starters, it's in the spot that Fulton's on the River occupied—a restaurant that so impressed this diner and his friend that the banana cream pie literally brought a tear to the eye of said dining companion. Also, would the team of award-winning chefs Tony Mantuano and ...


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DISH: SAVOR Treble-Maker Grill at 27 Live - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In case you can't tell from its name, Evanston's Treble-Maker Grill at 27 Live ( 1012-1014 Church St.; http://27live.com/ ) is about music—specifically rock music. Looking on the walls would be the second indication of the theme of this year-old venue. On the back wall of the restaurant are photos of musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, ...


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Transman to open restaurant in Rogers Park - Two years ago, Brandon Byxbe was the line cook at The Flipside Cafe, one of three working at the small, seasonal, restaurant along North Damen Avenue. When the two others planned to take a week-long vacation, the plan was to close for the period—until Byxbe said he'd keep the restaurant open and run things. Sure, no problem, he was told. ...


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Sugar & Spice: Herb - If you're looking for the standard pad Thai-and-spring-roll routine, then stick to the Thai joint on the corner you rely on for takeout. But, if you're in the mood to expand your horizons with authentic and upscale Thai cuisine that is really more of an culinary adventure than a simple "meal," then you've got to check out Herb, a restaurant ...


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Chicagoan is finalist for 'America's Favorite Veterinarian' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dr. Natalie Marks has always wanted to be a veterinarian. She didn't consider anything else. Marks was born and raised in Sterling, Illinois, and had a good friend who lived on a horse ranch. After school and on weekends, Marks spent time at the ranch, which had horses, goats, chickens and other animals. Admittedly, she was a "fly on the ...


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Ben & Jerry's stand; Mary Cheney's case; Chelsea Manning - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ben & Jerry's has made a stand in defense of same-sex marriage, The Huffington Post reported. The Vermont-based ice cream giant has signed an employers' amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review pending marriage equality ban cases in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia. Other corporations to sign the brief reportedly include Amazon, Target and Viacom. Ben & Jerry's has ...


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Dining news: Bow & Stern's brunch; Chicago q's bockwurst - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Bow & Stern Oyster Bar, 1371 W. Chicago Ave., is now offering fall brunch ( starting at 10 a.m. during the weekend ). Among the offerings ( some of which sound quite innovative ) are Oreo-and-blueberry pancakes, the Bow Benedict ( smoked whitefish brandade, poached egg, Nueske's bacon and Malagueta hollandaise ), pumpkin pancakes, banana-bread French toast and housemade Pop ...


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Ceres' Table; Soho House Chicago eateries - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - Patrons have been warned: They should "bee" careful at Ceres' Table ( 3124 N. Broadway; http://www.cerestable.com/ ) if they're going there for brunch—at least until the cold weather settles in Chicago. A passel of the stinging insects seemed to hover around diners inside and outside the restaurant, thanks to the many flowers decorating the restaurant's sidewalk cafe. A couple people ...


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Five Worth Finding: West Loop restaurant, steamy film - —Packing House ( http://packinghousechicago.com/ ): This West Loop restaurant occupies the old Municipal space, and offers such mouth-watering dishes as crab spaghettini, ceviche, roasted chicken and pork chicharrones ( a fancy take on pork rinds ). However, not only is Executive Chef Amanda Barnes talented, but she is one of the most down-to-earth people you'll ever meet. —Panes Bread Cafe ...


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Dining news: Taste Talks; Freshii's kids' menu - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Taste Talks will take place Oct. 3-5 in Chicago. Events include "Mother of Pearl" Oct. 3 ( 7-10 p.m. ) at Kinmont, 419 W. Superior St.; "Free-Styling with Ice Cream Desserts" Oct. 4 at Soho House, 113-25 N. Green St.; and "All-Star Chef BBQ" Oct. 5 ( 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. ) at Palmer Square. Among the talent slated ...


Current-Florentine

Current; Florentine - I wasn't quite sure what to expect from W Lakeshore's Current ( 680 N. Lake Shore Dr.; http://www.wchicago-lakeshore.com/current-chicago-restaurant ) in light of the substantial renovation the hotel has undergone—but what I encountered was one of the best brunches I've had in quite some time. One server called the decor "Great Gatsby," and that description seems to fit. The look is ...


Dining-news-Shaws-block-party-Frontiers-brunch

Dining news: Shaw's block party; Frontier's brunch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Shaw's Oyster Fest Block Party returns to downtown Chicago on Friday, Sept. 26, 3-10 p.m., at 560 W. Grand St. More than 3,000 guests are expected to come down to Oyster Fest and slurp up nearly 15,000 oysters from the East and West Coast, signature bites from Shaw's Crab House, Goose Island beer, and live music from singer/songwriter Brett Dennen. ...


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Sugar & Spice: taKOs KOreanos - BY Meghan Streit Andersonville's Cosina was replaced a few weeks ago by taKOs KOreanos, which, as the name implies, serves a fusion of Mexican and Korean cuisine. The resulting dishes taste as interesting as they sound. Think tacos filled with Korean-seasoned beef and guacamole spiked with tangy kimchi. The Foster Ave. restaurant is a casual spot, but the design doesn't ...


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Dining news: Hamburger Hop chefs; seafood boil - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet has announced the chefs competing in this year's burger competition—the Hamburger Hop—on Friday, Sept. 26. Chef contenders include The Hearty Boys, RL's Ryan Pitts and Farmhouse's Eric Mansavage, among others. Individual tickets for the Hamburger Hop are nearly sold out, and still available when purchased bundled with the official after-party, Late Night Gourmet. See www.chicagogourmet.org. ...


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Cafe Crème: French restaurant charms Wicker Park patrons - Less than two months ago, Bucktown/Wicker Park residents graciously welcomed another new café to their lively neighborhood streets on Chicago's northwest side. Café Crème, a French-inspired restaurant ( 1721 N. Damen Ave.; cafecremechicago.com ) aims to please diners with sturdy brunch options, outdoor seating on their secluded back patio and a family-friendly environment boasting approachability and a "neighborhood restaurant" feel. ...


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Dining news: Shaw's Labor Day special; Bar Takito opens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —This Labor Day ( Monday, Sept. 1 ), Shaw's Crab House will celebrate the U.S. workforce at both Chicagoland locations. There will be a half-priced oyster deal; in addition, at 4-6 p.m., the Schaumburg location will serve oysters for 50 cents apiece in both the Oyster Bar and on the outdoor patio. Visit www.shawscrabhouse.com. —Bar Takito has opened at 201 ...


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DINING Freshii's Alex Blair on expanding empire - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - If Alex Blair has a motto, it's probably "Carpe diem." The openly gay 27-year-old entrepreneur owns three Freshii restaurants in Chicago, with plans to open six more, locally and elsewhere. ( He already owns more franchises in the company of the 65 global partners than anyone else. ) The health-food entrepreneur managed to carve out a few minutes recently to ...


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Sugar & Spice: Little Vietnam - Authentic Vietnamese cuisine has trickled up Broadway from the Arglye strip to Bryn Mawr Avenue. Earlier this year, Little Vietnam, a no-frills eatery serving up super-fresh versions of Vietnamese classics opened in Edgewater. You might miss the space if you're not looking for it. The small storefront is marked only by a simple vinyl banner. Inside, Little Vietnam is unremarkable. ...


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Dining news: Chicago q specials; Ann Sather's honor - —Beginning Sept. 4, Chicago q, 1160 N. Dearborn St., will offer four $4 menu items available through Sept. 7 to mark its golden annivesary ( turning four on Sept. 4 ). The specials are summer corn and squash fritters; pork skewers; braised pork-belly salad; and alligator tacos. On the actual anniversary—Thursday, Sept. 4—10 percent of all proceeds will be donated ...


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Pastoral marks 10 years - DISH: SAVOR - Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine is a European-inspired, neighborhood, specialty wine and cheese shop co-owned by business and life partners Ken Miller and Greg O'Neill. Established in August 2004 at the corner of Broadway and Wellington Avenue, the first Pastoral shop was only 382 square feet. According to O'Neill, "My partner and I lived in Europe, New York City, ...


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All night Flea Market' Aug. 16 - Wheaton's DuPage County Fairgrounds will host the annual "All-Night Flea Market" on Saturday, Aug. 16, 4 p.m.-4 a.m. The event will include stars ( including Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters ), live music, artists, celebrities and food. In addition, there will be thousands of treasures from hundreds of vendors specializing in antiques, folk arts and crafts, close-outs, housewares, advertising, coins, collectibles ...


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DISH: SAVOR Current; Bistrot Zinc - I wasn't quite sure what to expect from W Lakeshore's Current ( 680 N. Lake Shore Dr.; http://www.wchicago-lakeshore.com/current-chicago-restaurant ) in light of the substantial renovation the hotel has undergone—but what I encountered was one of the best brunches I've had in quite some time. One server called the decor "Great Gatsby," and that description seems to fit. The look is ...


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Chicago's Markley shows what's cooking - Tad Markley was about 6 when his parents let him bake on his own. He was able to choose anything he wanted from their cookbooks, follow the recipes and reap the benefits of eating an entire pan of brownies, cakes, or cookies. Since then, he's self-taught himself how to bake more complex items, including soufflé's, custards, specialty cakes, dessert bars, ...


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Dining news: National Sandwich Month; "Grilled" in Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —In honor of National Sandwich Month ( August ), these are just what a few restaurants are offering: Hubbard Inn has a braised short rib roll for $11; Japonais by Morimoto has a king crab club for $17; Sophie's is offering a Designer's Club for $16; and Sola has an egg sandwich ( fried eggs, bacon and herbed goat cheese ...


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DISH: Vermilion - Special to on the online edition of Windy City Times - Ten-year-old River North restaurant Vermilion ( 10 W. Hubbard St.; http://www.thevermilionrestaurant.com/ ) started at a time when fusion was particularly popular. Owner Rohini Dey ( who's also opened a Vermilion in New York City since ) decided to have a Chicago eatery with a mix of bold flavors: Indian and Latin American ( with some Portuguese influence as well ). ...


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Dining news: 'Scoula 312' returns; 'Cascabel' is extended - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Executive Chef Luca Corazzina will be teaching "Scoula 312" at 312 Chicago, 136 N. LaSalle St., on the first or second Saturday of every month, August through December. The Aug. 9 class is "The Art of Grilling," held at 12 p.m. Classes are $45/person and include recipe cards, a bottle of 312 Aged Balsamic and light bites. For more information, ...


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Sugar & Spice: Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor - You no longer have to trek down to Chinatown for dim sum. Earlier this year, Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor opened up right in the heart of downtown. The serene space is a soothing respite from the hustle bustle of the Loop. The sleek dining room is dressed in grays and neutrals with pops of bright red. Ivory chandeliers that ...


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Dining news: Le Colonial special; Taste of Latin America - —Every Wednesday, French-Vietnamese restaurant Le Colonial, 937 N. Rush St., offers a chef-selected date night menu where a twosome can enjoy a three-course meal for $25 each. The meal includes an appetizer, main course, dessert and a glass of wine. Some popular past date night dishes are the cha gio ( crispy Vietnamese spring rolls ), the ga xao cari ...


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Edgewater business caters to clients' needs - His dad owned multiple restaurants and his brother also have worked in the food industry. So, it's no surprise Brent Conn landed in the field, too. Now in its 21st year, he is the president of Conn's Catering, based in Edgewater, which also runs an adjacent restaurant, Red Rover Café, which has been open for about a year and is ...


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DISH: SAVOR Beatrix; Ombra - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Times have certainly changed. Once, the term "neighborhood restaurant" conjured images only of greasy spoons that served the most sinful of comfort foods. ( However, in their defense, some of those places serve the tastiest food. ) However, the people behind Lettuce Entertainment You ( LEYE ) restaurant Beatrix ( 519 N. Clark St.; http://beatrixchicago.com/ ) aim to change that ...


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Sugar & Spice: Taxim - On his recent visit to Chicago, my wife's uncle, a former food critic and discerning Los Angeles foodie, requested that we dine at Taxim. Not only did this man live for a bit in Athens, but whatever city he finds himself in, he knows how to find great meals with the precision of a Tomahawk missile. So, I knew before ...


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Dining news: RIVA's Bloody Mary bar; restaurant awards - —Navy Pier's RIVA Crab House announces a new brunch menu available every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. ( Items include steak and eggs, stuffed French toast and a pork belly benny in addition to Riva signature items like oysters, calamari and lobster corn bisque. ) Also, there is a Bloody Mary Bar that ranges in price from $8 ...


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Modern Asian Kitchen; Terrace on Clark - Contemporary concerns are definitely addressed at Modern Asian Kitchen ( MAK ) ( 1924 W. Division St.; http://www.makrestaurant.com/ ). The meats are raised naturally—free of antibiotics, hormones and steroids; other items, such as poultry, are bought locally when possible. Also, no MSG is used in the items, and there are gluten-free offerings. Of course, MY concern at this cozy spot ...


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Dining news: Ice cream-champagne float; new Ritz chef - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Enolo Wine Bar, 450 N. Clark St., is introducing a new ice cream-inspired dessert with a twist: a sorbet-and-champagne float. Served in a coupe glass, each day in July ( National Ice Cream Month ) will feature a new flavor of sorbet splashed with a bit of bubbly. See www.enolowinebar.com. —The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St., is introducing Martin ...


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Dining: Delightful's blueberry offerings; Proud Whopper - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Delightful Pastries is celebrating National Blueberry Month ( July ) with items such as fruity blueberry turnovers ( $1.70 ), muffins ( $1.75-$2.50 ) or scones ( $3 ). Unique to Delightful Pastries' offerings are the blueberry pierogi ( $6-$9 ), authentic Polish dumplings, handmade and stuffed with local blueberries. Locations are in Old Town at 1710 N. Wells St., ...


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Sugar & Spice: Twisted Spoke - ]I recently had occasion to grab a bite at Twisted Spoke, and was reminded of just how much I love the place. It's one of those tried and true Chicago joints that has stood the test of time—which is no surprise given the high quality of the food and the irreverently cool atmosphere. With roots as a biker bar, Twisted ...


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Joe Fish; Porkchop Hyde Park - Rosebud Restaurants has expanded its empire with the relatively tony Joe Fish ( 445 N. Dearborn St.; http://www.rosebudrestaurants.com/#!restaurants/joe-fish )—and you will be hooked. The service at this restaurant is second to none, and the server has extremely knowledgeable ( although he needed to learn to smile ). I'm not a huge fan of oysters, but my dining companion stuck with ...


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Dining news: Chicago chef on A&E show; River Roast opening - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago q Chef/Partner Lee Ann Whippen will appear on World Food Championships, a new show premiering on A&E's new network, FYI, on Thursday, July 10. The show chronicles The 2013 World Food Championships held Nov. 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chicago q, 1160 N. Dearborn St., will broadcast the show on the TVs in the bar. —James Beard award-winning Chef ...


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DISH RESTAURANT PROFILE: Epic - by Kate Levine - With a name like Epic ( 112 W. Hubbard St.; http://epicrestaurantchicago.com ), I expected to be dazzled. However, while it was far from an "epic" fail, the food was good, not great. My friend and I started with drinks from the specialty cocktail list. The Effen Avocado ( Effen Cucumber, avocado purée, lime, agave nectar ) was refreshing and sweet, ...


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Sugar & Spice: Laughing Bird - Former Top Chef contestant Chrissy Camba has taken over the Lincoln Square space occupied for several years by Tank Sushi and transformed it into an upscale Filipino restaurant. It's refreshing to have a relatively unexplored cuisine getting some exposure in Chicago, especially at the hands of a high-profile chef. My experience with Filipino food has been limited, mostly to dishes ...


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Chicago bartender's honor; mEAT expands to Streeterville - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The biggest and most celebrated U.S. bartender competition of the year has identified the country's most talented mixologist—and he's from Chicago. After proving his skills during five challenges and two days of competition on June 16-17, the United States Bartenders' Guild ( USBG ) and World Class U.S. announced that Charles Joly is the 2014 U.S. Bartender of the Year. ...


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Le Colonial; Prost's sausage fest - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - Le Colonial ( 937 N. Rush St.; http://www.lecolonialchicago.com ) is one of the places you might pass by a thousand times ( as I literally have ), and not enter because it's seemingly inaccessible. I don't mean that it's physically inaccessible, of course, but that this French-Vietnamese restaurant seems to have the air of a place where the one-percenters go. ...







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