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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...
  • Dining out on July 4? Better check

    Dining out on July 4? Better check
    Some of Chicago's most well-respected restaurants will be closed July 4, which is mildly surprising only because July 4 is a Friday this year. Nevertheless, many restaurants, facing a very slow day of business anyway (July 4 is great for carryout, not...
  • Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve

    Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve
    New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet? If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually. As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
  • Dining briefs: Beard dinner, Joly wins, Cantu does beer

    Dining briefs: Beard dinner, Joly wins, Cantu does beer
    All-star collaboration: Last year, the James Beard Foundation took its act on the road with a pop-up culinary series called "Taste America." For this year’s stop in Chicago, the chefs involved are a veritable all-star team. The event will be held at...
  • Phil Vettel on Father's Day dining

    Phil Vettel on Father's Day dining
    Father's Day is Sunday, and if you haven't figured out what to do for Dear Ol' Dad, Chicago restaurants are eager to assist. Barbakoa: Father's Day prix-fixe menu, $45, includes five-course dinner and beer or sangria flight. 1341 Butterfield Road,...
  • New attractions draw larger crowds to Japan Festival

    New attractions draw larger crowds to Japan Festival
    Attendance at Arlington Heights' annual Japan Festival soared this year, as organizers partnered with a business group and added events geared toward younger festivalgoers, officials said. About 10,000 people attended the annual event that normally...
  • Phil Vettel recommends: New Year's Day brunch

    Phil Vettel recommends: New Year's Day brunch
    I admit to an irrational fondness for New Year's Day pajama brunches. The idea of showing up for brunch in one's pjs has a certain quirky charm, and when the entire dining room, including staffers, is doing the same — let's just say that one year at...
  • Patricia Yeo's big leap

    Patricia Yeo's big leap
    Last March, Big Bowl hosted an invitation-only dinner that doubled as an introduction to its star culinary hire, chef Patricia Yeo. She prepared a seven-course menu that featured beef heart crudo with pickled beets and citrus, and a three-tongue course of...
  • Meet the Chicago chefs of 'Top Chef' Season 11

    Meet the Chicago chefs of 'Top Chef' Season 11
    There's more to come from the New Orleans-based 11th season of "Top Chef" than host Padma Lakshmi tossing the cheftestants Mardi Gras beads instead of making them draw knives. This year's cast features a rockabilly chick, a proud recipient of the title of...
  • Urban Belly, Chicago ramen forefather, to relocate to Randolph Street

    Urban Belly, Chicago ramen forefather, to relocate to Randolph Street
    Urban Belly, the Avondale restaurant that ushered Chicago into a state of ramen-awareness, is uprooting from the Northwest side and moving to — where else? — the dining epicenter that is the Randolph Street corridor. Bill Kim is the...
  • Consuming too many food studies leaves a bad taste

     Consuming too many food studies leaves a bad taste
    Coffee is now good for you. According to a research study, it may help prevent Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's, stroke and dementia as well as help you live a little longer. But java lovers know this: Another study says that drinking three or more cups of...