Category: Food News

Highlights from the James Beard Foundation Awards at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Highlights from the James Beard Foundation Awards at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
(Chicago, May 8, 2018) Last night’s nearly four hour long James Beard awards ceremony at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, emceed by Carla Hall, not only honored the nominees and winners but it honored equality through its theme “RISE” with attendees and participants wearing vibrant pins and holding signs stating what they rise for, from “equality”... Read more »

A peek inside the National Restaurant Association & BAR show

Big name celebrity chefs like Rick Bayless shared recipes and techniques. . Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer
The 2017 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® (NRA) and the BAR, Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants show were in Chicago this week from Saturday, May 20-Tuesday, May 23 (BAR show Sunday and Monday). The NRA is the most comprehensive trade show for the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry in the U.S. and abroad. The BAR... Read more »

Top ten things I didn't expect to see at the NRA Show

10. Rick Bayless talking Culinology on the World Culinary Stage. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer
The NRA + BAR Show (National Restaurant Association), that called it a wrap yesterday after four days in the Windy City, is one of the biggest conventions that comes to Chicago. The show brings together over 42,000 foodservice buyers and more than 2,200 vendors in McCormick Place’s North, South and Lakeside Centers. It’s big business... Read more »
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Roy’s Restaurant: The next best thing to a trip to Hawaii

Roy’s Restaurant: The next best thing to a trip to Hawaii
Bordering the hot River North neighborhood, near north side staple, Roy’s Restaurant (720 N. State St.) offers a “taste of Hawaii” in Chicago. The authentic Hawaiian atmosphere and food, which is not easy to find in the Windy City, is different and fun. Roy’s Chicago, one of over 20 Roy’s around the globe, features a... Read more »

Martini Day: Where to find $5 martinis in Chicago

Martini Day: Where to find $5 martinis in Chicago
Five dollar martini’s are alive and well, at least for one day. On June 19th, National Martini Day, you can get yours shaken, stirred, on the rocks or straight up for $5 at many Chicago watering holes. From movies, to politics, to literature, martinis play a role in our society. The typical martini served at... Read more »

It's June: Time to eat turkey and go barefoot

It's June: Time to eat turkey and go barefoot
Who knew, that June is “National Turkey Lover’s Month.” I would have guessed it to be in November with Thanksgiving and all that stuffing, but I would be wrong. June 1st is “National Go Barefoot Day.”  June seems like a logical choice for this day–especially for Chicagoans–and certainly much better than a date like, January... Read more »
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Chicago Athletic Association: Cindy’s, Shake Shack, Cherry Circle

Chicago Athletic Association: Cindy’s, Shake Shack, Cherry Circle
The historic Chicago Athletic Association is ready for its close-up. The totally restored 122 year old Venetian Gothic building originally designed by Henry Ives Cobb has done a magnificent job of preserving its past while adding a modern flair—combining the best of both worlds. The original eleven story building, located across from Millennium Park at... Read more »

Food Trends 2015: 10 Top Trends From NRA Show

Food Trends 2015: 10 Top Trends From NRA Show
There’s a lot to digest at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) 2015 Show at Chicago’s McCormick Place (through Tuesday, May 19). With over 2000 exhibitors, celebrity chefs, food professionals and others vying for attention, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. By taking a step back to see things in perspective, SMC was able to identify some... Read more »

Firecakes Donuts Launches Food Truck in Chicago

Firecakes Donuts Launches Food Truck in Chicago
Food trucks are finally on a roll—or a bun, tortilla, and even between fried green plantains—in Chicago after a rocky start. Chicago, which historically had prohibited food trucks from cooking on board and took a big brother attitude when it came to where they were allowed has finally loosened its grip on the popular trucks... Read more »
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Food Trends 2015: What’s Hot, What’s Not?

Food Trends 2015: What’s Hot, What’s Not?
Perhaps Andrew Greeley was on to something back in 1865 when he penned the words, “go west young man” since that’s the direction that you must head to get a legal taste of one of 2015’s food trends (that is putting a whole new spin on grass fed). Good-bye wheat, hello almond flour, good-bye milk,... Read more »