Category: Chicago Events

Chicago food happenings outside of restaurants.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!
Xoxo, Rachel

February First Friday (Chi-Town Style)

February First Friday (Chi-Town Style)
My mother-in-law, who is an incredible cook, hosts a family dinner the first Friday of every month. She calls it, fittingly, “First Friday,” and it is a very casual, come-as-you-are get together that invariably involves grandchildren galloping throughout the house, delicious food and wine (and also scotch, a family tradition), and a chance to catch... Read more »

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right! – Oprah Winfrey
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A Very Merry Christmas

A Very Merry Christmas
Sending the warmest Christmas wishes to you and yours. Merry Christmas!

Roti + Common Threads: Working Together to Create a Healthier World

Roti + Common Threads: Working Together to Create a Healthier World
Both healthy Mediterranean restaurant, Roti, and local not-for-profit, Common Threads, are trying to make the make the world a healthier place, one meal at a time. With similar missions, they’ve joined forces to help raise money for Common Thread’s programming, which uses cooking classes to educate children on the importance of nutrition and well being,... Read more »

A Jew Walks into the Christkindlmarket

A Jew Walks into the Christkindlmarket
I’ve lived in Chicago for over four years but have never made it to the Christkindlmarket, the annual, outdoor German Christmas market on Daley Plaza. Yes, you could think it’s because I’m Jewish, but I love outdoor festivals and cultural events, so that’s not it. I simply hadn’t gotten around to it. Not until, that... Read more »
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LuxeHome’s Chill 2012

LuxeHome’s Chill 2012
Picture this: you’re at the Merchandise Mart with showroom after showroom of the highest of the high-end kitchens and bathrooms. The toilet (remote controlled, of course) is a mortgage payment; the kitchen costs as much as your house. Everywhere you look, there are lust-worthy fixtures, tiles, countertops, ranges, etc…. Now imagine that each of these... Read more »

Chicago Marathon: A View from the Gatorade Lines

Chicago Marathon: A View from the Gatorade Lines
Yesterday I had the opportunity to volunteer at a little race called the Chicago Marathon. Though I’ve run my fair share of races, I’ve never volunteered…so when I saw that volunteers were still needed (on the blog of fellow ChicagoNow blogger Erin at Eri-thon), I jumped at the chance. The morning started well before 6 am... Read more »

A Tale of Two Cities: Food Trucks in Chicago and in Cincinnati

A Tale of Two Cities: Food Trucks in Chicago and in Cincinnati
On a recent work trip to Cincinnati, I came across Jason Perkin’s food truck, Eat!, which has been trucking along Cincinnati streets since February 17. The food was fabulous. The scallops (yes, scallops….from a food truck!) were melt-in-your-mouth-tender, the bruschetta dish with diced tomatoes and chick peas was bursting with freshness, and the buckeyes (available... Read more »
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Healthy Eating at Summer Festivals

Healthy Eating at Summer Festivals
Ah, summer in Chicago.  It’s why we put up with the bitter winters (which, by the way, I am convinced keep our population down).  And no Chicago summer is complete without many an outing to a summer festival.  There’s Bacon Fest and Rib Fest, Taste of Chicago and Burger Fest, and hundreds of other festivals... Read more »