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  • Roes for the holidays: Party dishes with different types of caviar

     Roes for the holidays: Party dishes with different types of caviar
    Caviar, once upon a holiday past, meant a tin of Caspian sturgeon roe nestled in ice with a mother-of-pearl spoon, accompanied by Champagne. Today, concerns about the environmental impact of those fabled Caspian fisheries — and one's budget — call for greener (and more affordable) roe options from other types of fish that can still pack a decadent party punch.
  • Why chefs obsess over awards

    Why chefs obsess over awards
    Until recently, I was a voting member of the James Beard Foundation, which gives out a number of highly valued annual awards to chefs and restaurants. But I was not a very active member, and certainly, while eating out, that membership never came up....

    Guide to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: Nature just might get back to you

    Guide to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: Nature just might get back to you
    I thought I had finally gotten over my — let's not sugarcoat it — revulsion at being in butterfly gardens. My recent stop in the ambulatory bug atrium at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum was probably my fifth in such a place, designed to...

    Jean Banchet Awards nominees announced

    Jean Banchet Awards nominees announced
    The Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence, which honor culinary distinction in the Chicago area, announced its nominees Thursday. There are four nominees in each of the 12 restaurant and chef categories; this year, for the first time, public input...

    Four hours in ... Lincoln Park

    Four hours in ... Lincoln Park
    There’s a reason Lincoln Park is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Chicago — and the unique shops, gorgeous parks and seemingly infinite outdoor activities are just the beginning. Here’s a list of the best ways to spend an...