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Simplest corn soup recipe you will ever make

Cooking used to be a chore. Consider early man, who spent a good five hours running his prey to exhaustion, and then, panting over collapsed antelope, had to ponder Step Two. We've got it easy. Meat comes pre-felled, vegetables pre-grown, oil pre-pressed. All we have to do is toss these ingredients...

Mexico in a Bottle returns to Chicago with dozens of mezcals

Many Mexican spirits derive from agave, a succulent with a sugar-filled heart that’s cooked, smashed, fermented and distilled to yield tequila and mezcal. Undoubtably you’ve heard of and most likely tried them. But what about tuxca, sikua, bacanora and raicilla? Each is also derived from agave....

The Betty to close, Emporium Arcade Bar moving in

Emporium, the freewheeling bar where adults can play foosball and arcade games without pesky underage kids ruining everything (or maybe that's just why I like it), already has locations in Wicker Park and Logan Square. Get ready for a third, as Emporium plans to open an outpost in the West Loop...

90-year-old Italian Village has the best wine cellar no one's talking about

“The first thing to pop out at me when I first started were the 1973 and 1975 Petrus,” recalls Jared Gelband, wine director for The Italian Village trio of restaurants in Chicago’s Loop. “They were marked $1,500 and $1,800, and I just thought, ‘There’s something wrong here.’” Gelband was floored:...

Aloha Poke holds fundraiser for dogs displaced by hurricanes

No, "Poke for Pups" is not about feeding poke to your dog, thank goodness. Instead, Aloha Poke will be popping up today in the lobby of the recently completed River Point building (444 W. Lake St.), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Considering that the rapidly expanding company helped launch the poke craze...

Aldi rosé wine by award-winning winemaker predicted to sell out fast, again

Here we go again. Aldi’s world-famous $8 rosé wine returns to stores starting Wednesday, but it’s not actually the same wine that won the award, again. Though it is made by the same winemaker, Julian Faulkner of Jules Wines in the south of France, and it’s the same 2016 vintage, the wine coming...

Restaurant openings: Luke's Lobster, Honeygrow and Porter Kitchen & Deck

THE LOOP — Serving up cold-pressed juices and fully customizable stir-fry combinations, Honeygrow will open its second location Oct. 20. The new location will feature seasonal salads and a build-your-own honeybar, a mixed fruit base with toppings and honey drizzles. 70 E. Lake St., www.honeygrow.com...

10 Really, really expensive Champagnes

Lily Bollinger, of the House of Bollinger Champagne, once famously said, "I drink Champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it...

Stranger Things-inspired pop-up will end after cheeky letter from Netflix

Emporium Arcade Bar’s wildly popular “Stranger Things” pop-up, The Upside Down, won’t extend beyond its planned six-week run, as first reported by DNA Info. Netflix, the streaming giant behind the popular show, sent a nicely worded, not-quite cease-and-desist letter to the owners of the bar, laden...

Luke's Lobster giving out free lobster rolls Tuesday to celebrate new Chicago location

Luke’s Lobster, the New York City-based lobster shack, will open doors to its Merchandise Mart location on Tuesday. The Mart spot is the chain’s second Chicago location, and will serve the exact same menu as the Loop location. (Booze is in the works.) To mark the occasion, Luke’s Lobster is giving...

A seder plate for Rosh Hashana? It's becoming a thing

Isn’t a Seder plate supposed to be for Passover? In spring? When matzoh and horseradish make it onto the table? Guess what. It turns out that Passover isn’t the only Jewish holiday with a Seder plate. “Each of these fruits and vegetables has a special meaning,” said Avrom Fox, owner of Rosenblum’s...

No reservations: Why Chicago's Restaurant City of the Year win could have a big impact on business

Chicagoans already know their city has a vibrant, diverse and rapidly growing restaurant scene. But what will it mean now that the rest of the country knows it too? If the reaction to Chicago last month being designated Bon Appetit’s Restaurant City of the Year — a recognition that goes to the...

Next review: What other restaurant could pull off re-creating dishes from world's best?

The best restaurants convey vision; to experience a thoughtful chef's work is to glean a sense of how he or she views food, and what's important to him or her. Conversation via cutlery, if you will. To cite a local example, chefs Tony Mantuano and Sara Grueneberg both cook in the Italian style,...

5 things to eat, drink and do this weekend

The days are getting shorter and cooler, but weekends are still buzzing with activity. Check out an end-of-season outdoor soiree for a good cause, chow down on nachos with one of last street fests or 1) It seems like tacos are becoming as ubiquitous as hot dogs and pizza these days, and that’s...

Living the pumpkin spice lifestyle: A reporter used every pumpkin spice product she could find for a week

Pumpkin spice is not a flavor, it's a lifestyle. Its mantra is the crackle of fallen leaves and bonfires. "Sweater weather" is its holy creed. The pumpkin spice life, like its coffee, is sweet, and you are always #thankful for your #blessings. It was never really about that particular blend of...

Restaurant openings: Mississippi-Delta style comes to Chicago

WICKER PARK — Mississipi-Delta style grub comes to Chicago by way of The Delta, owned by Memphis-raised Eldridge Williams (Girl & The Goal, The Promontory, Bangers & Lace). With a bar and back patio, the restaurant serves a selection of tamales and dishes from gnudi with sherry ettoufee to a whole...

Olive Garden's pasta passes sold out in less than 1 second

Olive Garden's Pasta Passes sold out in less than 1 second today. The 22,000 passes were up for grabs at 2 p.m. Eastern time today for $100 each, and all of them sold out in less than a single second, breaking the record for passes offered in previous years that sold out at lightning speed. A spokesperon...

Prettiest octopus in Chicago is at Nico Osteria

In 1950s Venice, a chef at Harry's Bar, a Hemingway-preferred watering hole, dubbed a raw beef dish "Carpaccio" after a Venetian artist who was known for the rich red tones in his paintings. To prepare his octopus carpaccio, chef Bill Montagne of Nico Osteria blanches the sea creature, braises it...

'Covfefe' is now a drink at Broken English Taco Pub

You've heard of making lemonade from lemons, sweet from sour, good from bad, right? So it goes with the Covfefe, a delightful brunch cocktail based on the "unpresidented" word born in an infamous late-night tweet. Created and proudly poured at Broken English Taco Pub, the drink combines cold-brewed...

At City Farm, beautiful vegetables sprout thanks to compost from top Chicago restaurants

Compost may not seem glamorous, except to chef Sarah Grueneberg, co-owner of Monteverde restaurant. "In the summertime, compost is not as glamorous as it is in the winter because when it's cold, everything freezes," said Grueneberg one recent afternoon, busy prepping for dinner at her West Loop...

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