James Beard Foundation brings Chicago chefs and foodies together for special announcement

James Beard Foundation brings Chicago chefs and foodies together for special announcement
The “Oscars of the Food Industry” Extends Stay in Chicago for Six Additional Years Mayor Rahm Emanuel and James Beard Foundation CEO Clare Reichenbach announced today that Chicago will continue to host the James Beard Foundation Awards through 2027 at a special celebration in the Millennium Room of the Chicago Cultural Center. “The opportunity to... Read more »

Taking sides on Thanksgiving sides

This morning Chicago celebrity chef Graham Elliot tweeted out something that looked a lot like this (pictured here): With the question, Does this belong on the Thanksgiving table, yes or no? Responses were mostly yes ranging from “If it’s NOT on the table, I’m leaving,” to “YUP and on every leftover sandwich,” to “Tradition, hell... Read more »

Celebrate Diwali with traditional Hindu foods

Celebrate Diwali with traditional Hindu foods
A beautiful celebration even if you are not Indian Diwali, aka, the Festival of Light is being celebrated throughout India and other parts of the world today Wednesday, November 7, with other  celebrations spanning from Monday, November 5 to Friday, November 9. Diwali is the time to celebrate new beginnings. Diwali or Deepavali means “row of... Read more »
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America's top Halloween candy: What's the favorite in your state?

Source: CandyStore.com Candy tastes, not unlike other food favorites, vary from state to state and region to region but really, Delaware, Life Savers? You would think maybe Salt Water Taffy, but no, that’s number one in Washington and Nebraska–a long way from the Blue Hen state. Blow Pops are big in West Virginia but not... Read more »

Product review: Is an air fryer for you?

Product review: Is an air fryer for you?
My Gourmia air fryer arrived in a big bulky box. Not especially heavy but larger than I expected. I unpacked it to find a rather attractive black space capsule shaped appliance that I could see would take up a large amount of counter space or require a very tall cabinet to house it. I had... Read more »

Is City Barbeque the real deal?

Is City Barbeque the real deal?
“For every great barbecue restaurant, there are approximately 200 bad ones plying customers with meat that has been baked, braised, boiled, and cloaked in a sickly sweet sauce.” … Thrillist The question, that I asked myself as I headed to a soft opening at City Barbeque (spelled with a “q” not a “c”) in Vernon... Read more »
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A Look Inside Day One of Bon Appetit's Chicago Gourmet

My day at Chicago Gourmet
One Great Big Party in the Park Here are some of my impressions from DAY ONE of YEAR ELEVEN of Bon Appetit’s Chicago Gourmet Party in the Park.Turn up the volume on culinary harmony with “Rock the Fork” Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet! –a combination of great Rock music and gourmet food and beverages.  “Amping” up for... Read more »

Walton Street Kitchen + Bar: an exciting new hotspot on Chicago's Gold Coast

Walton Street Kitchen + Bar: an exciting new hotspot on Chicago's Gold Coast
 “We wanted to build a place that felt comfortable and like home in a very stylish neighborhood” …555’s James Geier  Walton Street Kitchen + Bar opens today in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Walton Street showcases thoughtfully executed American cuisine, creative craft cocktails, an impressive wine selection and an inviting atmosphere with their happening bar area, spacious comfortable... Read more »

Here's what you missed by not going to Chicago Tribune Food Bowl's Beef & Brew Trolley Tour

Here's what you missed by not going to Chicago Tribune Food Bowl's Beef & Brew Trolley Tour
“A few things are undisputed about the Italian Beef Sandwich: it originated on the “Sout” Side of Chicago by Italian immigrants, is served in hundreds of places around the city and when made correctly should leave a trail of juice down your arm.” USA TODAY Perhaps Chicago’s most traditional and iconic food, Italian Beef, is finally... Read more »
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Chicago Gourmet Hamburger Hop announces chef lineup for 2018

Chicago Gourmet Hamburger Hop announces chef lineup for 2018
Bon Appétit Chicago Gourmet has just announced the chef lineup for one of the most popular events on their calendar, fan-favorite Hamburger Hop. Each year 15 of Chicago’s top celebrity chefs battle for bragging rights for who makes the best burger, while guests get to try them all along with Blue Moon brews, wine and spirits. That is, if... Read more »