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‘Charles James: Genius Deconstructed’ At Chicago History Museum

Chicago may not have the fashion pedigree of New York or Paris, but the Chicago History Museum is a treasure trove of couture. Besides the big names of Dior, Givenchy, and Versace, the Museum also has extensive holdings by Charles James, a designer who worked in Chicago as a milliner for a few years in the 1920s, before striking it big in the fashion world…

12/05/2011

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Giardiniera In Chicago

“First you have to tell me what giardiniera is,” my coworker told me when I offered her a bottle of the spicy, pickled celery/carrot/cauliflower/pepper mix packed in oil. “If it isn’t related to giardia [a small-intestine infection caused by a parasite], I will take a bottle.” She wasn’t the only person I talked to who had never heard of the condiment. Outside of Chicago, it’s hard to find…

09/14/2011

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Soundtrack To A Meal: Chicago Restaurants And Their Music

Restaurant owners have more to think about than simply the food when it comes to putting together a good experience for their customers. One part, which often gets overlooked by critics: music. I spoke with some of the people at popular Chicago restaurants who choose what people listen to while they eat.

09/07/2011

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Vegan Living With Chicago Soydairy

Local company, Chicago Soydairy, has made it a little easier to be Vegan: they’ve created a vegan marshmallow, which received the “Best New Product” honor at the 2009 Natural Products Expo West. Find out about all their other Vegan food and efforts…

08/17/2011

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Tippling Bros. Bring Unique Cocktail Service To Tavernita

Carducci and his Tippling Bros. partner Paul Tanguay hope to change the way cocktails are made at Chicago’s new Spanish-inspired restaurant and bar Tavernita.

08/10/2011

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The Science Of Coffee

Learn how science can help you make the perfect cup of coffee.

08/03/2011

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Making Friends Over Meals: Stories from Grubwithus

In March, a man hoping to start up a group-dining site in Israel contacted me about Grubwithus. Founded in Chicago in 2010 and now in eight cities, Grubwithus organizes groups of strangers to eat family-style […]

07/27/2011

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Interactive Dining With SilvrSpoon

On the surface, SilvrSpoon looks like a combination of OpenTable, GrubHub and Yelp. But in reality, says SilvrSpoon’s Nick Terkay, “It’s a whole platform engaging customers and restaurants to interact in the dining environment like never before.”

07/20/2011

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Food Trucks Roll Into Chicago

Here in Chicago (still building its mobile-food reputation), Food Truck Tuesdays, organized by Chicago-based Mobile Cuisine magazine, are a way to get a selection of trucks in one place.

07/13/2011

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Difficult Decisions At Dirty Betty’s

Since Dirty Betty’s is a new pop-up shop inside Lincoln Park’s Cookie Bar, we had a difficult decision to make: doughnuts or cookies?

07/06/2011

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Guide To: Chicago Chocolate Tour

Tip for dudes: if you want to get your girlfriend to marry you, propose to her on a chocolate tour. In fact, over the course of Chicago Chocolate Tours’ more-than-five-year existence, says founder Valerie Beck, “We’ve had three gentlemen arrange with us in advance to propose marriage on our tours to their chocolate-loving girlfriends, and all three women said ‘yes.’”

06/22/2011

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Next Restaurant Creates Online Community Of Foodies

If you get a table at Next, you definitely deserve congratulations. Chef Grant Achatz’s restaurant with business partner Nick Kokonas is one of Chicago’s toughest reservations – diners have to sign up at the restaurant’s website to buy tickets.

06/15/2011

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Restaurant Show Celebrates Trends, Innovation

Imagine: a Coke fountain machine that dispenses any type of product you might be craving. Thirsty for a Fanta Cherry? Powerade ION4 Grape? Seagram’s Lemon Lime Seltzer? See more National Restaurant Association Kitchen Innovations Award winners, from their annual show at McCormick Place this past weekend.

05/25/2011