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  • Vincenzo Marianella, the Italian renaissance barman

     Vincenzo Marianella, the Italian renaissance barman
    Before Vincenzo Marianella, the cocktail scene in Los Angeles, compared with London and New York, was a sticky wasteland of sweet-and-sour mix, triple sec and bottled lime juice. Then a 6-foot-4 Italian guy from a tiny town in Italy called Tolmezzo...
  • Feds hear Glastonbury pipeline concerns

    Feds hear Glastonbury pipeline concerns
    Representatives of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission heard comments from the public in Glastonbury regarding the environmental impact of the proposed Atlantic Bridge project – an expansion of portions of an existing natural gas pipeline...
  • Cool tools for your home bar or bar cart

    Cool tools for your home bar or bar cart
    Modern bartenders have all sorts of complicated gizmos they use to create cocktails, such as an immersion circulator for flash infusing. But do we cocktail enthusiasts really need the equipment to get into barrel-aging Negroni or concocting our own...
  • Some fake cocktails, or mocktails, are worth a try

    Some fake cocktails, or mocktails, are worth a try
    If you don't drink, either for the night or for good, hanging out at bars can be depressing — or just very boring. At least that's how it used to be, when we were condemned to a world of soda water and lime. These days, creative bartenders —...
  • Whiskey with beef, gin with shrimp: A guide to pairing spirits, food

    Whiskey with beef, gin with shrimp: A guide to pairing spirits, food
    Tin Vuong is so convinced that whiskey and aged beef are a great match that he created a restaurant — Steak & Whisky — around that pairing. "Whiskey has a rich, deep and very smoky underlying flavor that works really well with aged beef," says...
  • The new Ice Age is elevating the craft cocktail

    The new Ice Age is elevating the craft cocktail
    In 2015, maybe the one place on Earth where the ice isn't melting faster than it should be is in your cocktail. At least if the ice in that highball glass has been made by one of the ice specialists helping to redefine the cocktail scene. We've come a...
  • Benjamin Schiller on his new cocktail bar, The Sixth

    Benjamin Schiller on his new cocktail bar, The Sixth
    After opening The Berkshire Room in River North nearly two years ago, Benjamin Schiller is about to launch a new craft cocktail bar, this time in Lincoln Square. The Sixth (2200 W. Lawrence Ave.), slated to open in August on Lawrence Avenue, next to a new...
  • The state of Chicago craft beer

     The state of Chicago craft beer
    Walk into any half-decent bar and you're sure to find a menu featuring at least a handful of Chicago-made beers. The list of local breweries has swelled to about 60 — with more growth on the way — which makes drinking beer made in and around...
  • Rural Society review: Jose Garces opens a beef lover's dream

    Rural Society review: Jose Garces opens a beef lover's dream
    Jose Garces is a brand name in Philadelphia, where he owns 11 of his 16 restaurants, but the Chicago-born, Humboldt Park-raised chef is a relative unknown in his hometown. Were it not for Mercat a la Planxa, his spiffy Spaniard in the Blackstone Hotel,...
  • In rich nations, risky drinking rises even as total drinking declines

    In rich nations, risky drinking rises even as total drinking declines
    In most of the world’s richest nations, 20% of the people are doing 50% to 75% of the drinking, according to a new report on alcohol consumption in 34 countries. Overall, residents of these countries are drinking slightly less now than they were...
  • Craft Beer Week recommendations

    Craft Beer Week recommendations
    Should the dozens of events that comprise Chicago Craft Beer Week seem like too much of a good thing, here are day-by-day recommendations for honoring the best 10-day week of the year in beer. For more information on these and other events, check the...