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  • Halloween dining recommendations from Phil Vettel

    Halloween dining recommendations from Phil Vettel
    Chicago's restaurants are looking forward to a wild weekend. Here are a few suggestions for Halloween. Artango Bistro. A Spanish-themed Hallow's Eve Dinner Friday features a four-course dinner ($55), 1900s-costumed servers, tango dancing and open...
  • Shaman: a cheeky, West Town outpost

    Shaman: a cheeky, West Town outpost
    On one side of Chicago Avenue in West Town is Mexique, a Michelin-starred restaurant that dares apply precise French techniques to Mexican cooking. Across the street from Mexique is Shaman, a BYOB with a similar cooking vein, only cheekier. Consider the...
  • Monkey 47 gin's key ingredient: Lingonberries

    Monkey 47 gin's key ingredient: Lingonberries
    Stupid. That was Alexander Stein's father's reaction when he heard his son's idea to quit his job and move from the U.S. back to his native Germany's Black Forest region to apply the techniques distillers use when crafting eau de vie to gin. Stein's...
  • Aussie truffles on U.S. restaurant menus

    Aussie truffles on U.S. restaurant menus
    NEW YORK — From the truffle-infused beef-cheek ravioli at Babbo restaurant in New York to the all-black-truffle menu at La Toque in Napa Valley, Calif.,, the pungent mushroom has conquered the summer menu and is no longer just a treasured winter...
  • Mott St. celebrates Bon Appetit nod with weekend party

    Mott St. celebrates Bon Appetit nod with weekend party
    The folks at Mott St. (1401 N. Ashland Ave., 773-687-9977), jubilant at being named one of Bon Appetit magazine's "Best New Restaurants in America," are celebrating with an outdoor weekend party. From 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Mott St.'s beer garden...
  • Chicago lands 2 on Bon Appetit 'Best New' long list

    Chicago lands 2 on Bon Appetit 'Best New' long list
    Of all the national "best restaurants" listicles you see floating on the Internet, only a few have any semblance of credibility.  Bon Appetit's annual "The Hot 10: America's Best New Restaurants" list is one we keep an eye on, because the magazine's...
  • Honey, bees make chefs' lives sweeter

    Honey, bees make chefs' lives sweeter
    Honeybees in some parts of the country are mysteriously abandoning their hives and disappearing, but the hives on the rooftops of some Chicago-area restaurants that produce honey are thriving. Greg Fischer, the beekeeper of 40 hives at the Morton...
  • Central Florida pops cork on ocean-aged wine

    Central Florida pops cork on ocean-aged wine
    Central Florida is getting the first peek — and taste — of ocean-aged wine, a process that could revolutionize the industry. California winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez is overseeing the 2-year-old project in which barrel-fermented cabernet...
  • The prestige of the northern Rhone

    The prestige of the northern Rhone
    A two-part look at the Rhone Valley: Part two, the north. The Rhone is the second largest wine-producing region of France (after the Languedoc, its neighbor to the west). Eighty percent of its wine is red; 14 percent, pink; and 6, white. The...
  • Monday food links: Edzo's Lincoln Park, weird gummies

    Monday food links: Edzo's Lincoln Park, weird gummies
    Welcome back from your trytophan-induced coma. On with what I'm reading this morning: - Edzo's Burger Bar in Lincoln Park has closed "due to circumstances beyond our control." The original Evanston location remains open. [Facebook] - Nick Kokonas &...
  • Friday food links: Peking duck, candy fridge hack

    Friday food links: Peking duck, candy fridge hack
    A few dining items before you head out into the world this lovely autumnal weekend: - Hearing the opening of Tony Hu's Lao Sze Chuan in the Nordstrom building (520 N. Michigan Ave.), which will focus on Peking duck and feature a "$400,000 roasting oven,...