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Serving on the supreme court of pork at Baconfest

Until this weekend, I hadn't attended Baconfest since 2009, when I gave a talk on bacon making (which owed liberally to Michael Ruhlman's Charcuterie). Chicago's annual salute to cured pork belly draws over 100 chefs, thousands of attendees...Show More Summary

Eat your ramen furiously at Furious Spoon

Shin Thompson bounced back quickly after shuttering his Lake Street "Japanese Brasserie" Kabocha with something almost totally at odds with that unfocused effort: Furious Spoon, a narrow ramen-ya with communal tables a stone's throw from the Wicker Park crotch. Show More Summary

Chicago magazine takes a solid look at a respectable restaurant year

In a food-media world where 90 percent of what's written are listicles and the remaining ten percent seems to be Dennis Lee making us sorry we asked, there's one list that still has the solemnity of tradition to lend it a certain amount of gravitas. Of course I mean Eater's "The 21 Hottest Burgers in Chicago 2015"!… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Dove's Luncheonette makes a diner burger

When Dove's Luncheonette opened last year, I was somewhat surprised to find that the alleged "luncheonette" from One Off Hospitality, located next to Big Star, has a menu that consists mainly of Mexican dishes. It wasn't what the cassette...Show More Summary

The Big Jones Cookbook finally has a release date, and more food news

The Big Jones Cookbook, the long-awaited southern-food cookbook from chef Paul Fehribach, hits the streets on April 22, and to mark the occasion Big Jones is throwing a pair of events that feature recipes from the book: a prix fixe family supper from 6 to 8 PM ($45), followed by a cake-and-cocktails event from 8 to 10 PM ($25). Show More Summary

One of the Loop's oldest, smallest buildings is now a cafe thanks to Asado Coffee

Asado Coffee began roasting beans and serving up potent espresso last fall at its third location, 22 E. Jackson, thought to be the site of one of the Loop’s oldest and tiniest buildings. Tucked away at the end of a nine-foot-wide private...Show More Summary

Bruce Sherman of North Pond talks the bounty of spring

North Pond and Green City Market are a natural pairing. They have been since 1999 when Bruce Sherman first arrived at the restaurant, which overlooks the pond at the northern end of Lincoln Park, and the market, now the city's highest-profile, was just a year old.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Wear your hazmat suit to the Angry Crab

"You guys stink!" That was the warm welcome that greeted us upon returning home from an evening spent diving into bulging plastic bags of butter-drenched, chile-loaded, garlicky crustaceans.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Bunny the Micro Bakery and Wunder POP set to launch on May 22

Ready for doughnuts and ramen? They'll both be on the menu on opening day for Iliana Regan's Lakeview microbakery and pop-up space, Bunny the Micro Bakery/Wunder POP, which is now set for Friday, May 22.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

It was a crazy day in Chicago food! No fooling!

Imagine if there were a day when crazy stuff right out of Wackyland could be reported as real news. That's what it's been like in Chicago the last day or so!… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The long day of a BBQ man, continued

Yesterday I talked with Husky Hog Bar-B-Que owner Joe Woodel about how he got into competition barbecue—the romance of competing mano a mano with smoke and fire. Well, today's more about the gritty reality of having a food truck and a stand-alone restaurant and trying to make a living making barbecue.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

How Joe Woodel of Husky Hog Bar-B-Que went from theater major to barbecue man

A couple of months ago I wrote about the relocation of the only south-side African-American-style barbeque place on the white north side, Honey 1 Barbecue. (They're still there; the 43rd Street location hasn't opened yet.) Now here's...Show More Summary

Chicago's food media fared better in the Beard Award noms this year

Last year I said the takeaway from the James Beard Foundation media award nominations was that Chicago food writing wasn't trying hard enough. Well, I guess for once the claim of a rebuilding year actually proved true, as even a chef,...Show More Summary

Previewing the ramen for lliana Regan's Wunder POP this spring

If you wanted to do something cool in the food scene at the moment, you could have a tasting menu, make doughnuts, hold a pop-up, or offer ramen. But the only person it occurred to to do all of those at once is Iliana Regan, whose Elizabeth...Show More Summary

Act decent, cover your tats, and (maybe) win a pair of Baconfest tickets

If you've attended any of the previous six Baconfests, you might be forgiven for viewing it as a wanton orgy of shameless gluttony. Even if the idea of a fat-slicked horde gorging on bacon while Rome is burning is something you revel...Show More Summary

'I want to learn from this guy'—Iliana Regan appoints chef de cuisine at Elizabeth

From its foraging-based approach to cuisine to the owls that decorate its nooks and crannies, few restaurants have reflected their chef-owner's personality and outlook more completely than Iliana Regan's Michelin-starred Elizabeth in Lincoln Square. Show More Summary

The food at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art really rocks

Every so often we ask you to show us something. This week it's Sylvia Josefek's food-shaped rocks. "The Rock Cafe" is serving up some seriously solid foods at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art through June 7.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Two Lincoln Square sushi spots continue the effort to rid the world of fish

Bad sushi isn't like bad pizza. When it's bad there's no way to justify it—it's bad for you, bad for fish, bad for the world.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Tiki drink classes, a sustainable seafood dinner, and more food stuff to do and read

Want to work on your tiki drink technique? Adam Seger of Hum fame will be doing a class at Lush Wine & Spirits/West Town next Wednesday, March 25.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Shiawase Restaurant in Lakeview takes sushi over the top

Shiawase means "happiness" in Japanese, according to the Lakeview restaurant's website. The fact that the place is BYO and I could get a table without a reservation at around 7 on a Saturday made me happy.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

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