Coppervine Restaurant Chicago

Coppervine Restaurant Chicago
The concept of pairing food and wine or food and beer together during meals has been around for a long time, but Coppervine, a unique restaurant in the heart of Lincoln Park is taking it to a whole new level. Managing partner and sommelier Don Sritong, along with Chef David Wang have created a unique... Read more »

Baking Bread for Beginners

Baking Bread for Beginners
A lazy Sunday afternoon seemed like the perfect time to break out my new Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Stand Mixer* and bake my very first homemade loaf of bread. Baking has never come as easy to me as cooking. To me cooking is more forgiving and artistic, whereas baking is more of a precise science.... Read more »

Peche New Orleans

Peche New Orleans
When you win two James Beard awards a month prior to my visit, your restaurant is definitely going to be on my radar. Peche was named both Best New Restaurant of 2013 and their chef, Ryan Prewitt was awarded Best Chef: South. Peche’s menu was very similar to many restaurants in Chicago featuring shared “small... Read more »
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Borgne New Orleans

Borgne New Orleans
Before leaving for New Orleans I was sure to stalk as many menus as I possibly could, talk to everyone I know who’s ever been there, and brush up on the last season of Top Chef in order to stake out reservations at the best places. Going down for a wedding limited us to two... Read more »

Stephanie Eats New Orleans

Traditional Red Beans and Rice
This weekend I’ll be visiting and eating my way through New Orleans for the first time! I’ve done my research and set-up reservations at several award-winning restaurants including John Besh’s Borgne and 2014 James Beard winner Peche. In addition I plan on eating my weight in oysters, learning more about the holy trinity of Cajun... Read more »

Eat Your Way through Chicago Craft Beer Week

Eat Your Way through Chicago Craft Beer Week
So you may not be really into beer, you might be pregnant or you just prefer to save all your calories for food. Fear not Chicago! Craft Beer week offers eaters several options during the 10 day span from May 15 through 25 when craft beer is called king and food becomes its trusty side-kick.... Read more »
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Bites Asian Tapas

Bites Asian Tapas
Tapas, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, starters…these are pretty much my favorite part of any dining experience. So you can imagine my delight when I was invited to try almost the whole menu at Bites Asian Tapas in Lakeview! Most items were a delicious umami combo of sweet and savory that left me wanting more and I... Read more »

The Future of Food: How Will We Solve World Hunger?

The Future of Food: How Will We Solve World Hunger?
It’s been a while since I last posted on here, but I can promise it’s been because of a great cause. One in fact that I focus on from about 9:00am-5:00pm every day, my “day job” as the media relations manager at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). We’ve been working on a new initiative... Read more »

Chicago Chefs Dominate 2014 James Beard Award Nominee Annoucements

Chicago Chefs Dominate 2014 James Beard Award Nominee Annoucements
This morning the James Beard Foundation (JBF) announced the list of the 2014 award nominees at the Publican in Chicago and yours truly had the chance to attend! I was humbled to be amongst some of Chicago’s top chefs, restauranteurs, beverage professionals, food writers, and even Mayor Rahm Emanuel! Chicago area chefs dominated this year... Read more »
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The Good Food Festival

The Good Food Festival
This weekend I’ll be attending Localicious and the Good Food Festival and Conference hosted by FamilyFarmed.org taking place at UIC Forum in Chicago. If you’re looking for an alternative to the drunken debauchery of St. Patty’s day in Chicago and you love food, this is the perfect event for you! This year the Good Food... Read more »