dining

Grub hub: Lake shore businesses bring good food, beer and wine straight to you

Fall is shaping up to be an action-packed and stirring season, especially with the plethora of beer and wine festivals on the docket. Ravinia in Highland Park has been known for its music and lawn seating. On Sept. 20, the venue will be known for …

Dining alfresco

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Looking for a special place to for a celebratory dinner al fresco? Here’s a rundown of area restaurants with outdoor seating. Note that while these restaurants cater to parties and groups, the outdoor seating may not accommodate the maximum party size as the indoor seating …

Sweet tooth

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You’d be hard-pressed to find an occasion that isn’t made better with cake. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, bar mitzvahs, major sporting events: all are celebrations deserving of cake. Even sad occasions — visitations, wakes, shivas — generally include baked sweets. Bakers across the North Shore …

4 great ideas for holiday entertaining

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Looking for ideas to make your holiday gathering special? Well look no further. We’ve got some culinary inspiration that will have your guests asking you what your secret is. Click on the PHOTO GALLERY to check out a few serving suggestions guaranteed to impress guests …

Treasure Island Foods launches Elm Street store grand reopening

Chicago-made brand Treasure Island Foods is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the grand reopening of its newly renovated Elm Street store. Festivities kicked with a formal ribbon-cutting on Dec. 7 with Alderman Brendan Reilly and will continue until Dec. 15. Customers who visit the store …

Single servings – 5 tips to keep your wallet fat and belly flat

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Living alone has its plusses and minuses, especially when it comes to meals. Many people avoid trying to cook for one, and end up being on a first name basis with the food deliveryman. But instead of thinking you can’t plan a menu for yourself …

Doctor In Your House: Mediterranean Diet lowers rates of adverse cardiovascular events

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Whether you are in your physician's office or seated at the dinner table, many of our dietary discussions include the Mediterranean diet. This diet has been in the news lately because it appears to be beneficial to human health. In a primary prevention trial, the …

Soon-to-open Horse Thief Hollow will offer South Side some cool brews

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There's an Irish twinkle in 29-year-old Neil Byers' eye when he speaks about his entrepreneurial spirit. Two years ago, he was just scraping by, and struggling to find his niche. Now he's readying to open a family-friendly restaurant and brewery in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood focusing …

A sweet and savory holiday menu

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You want to bring out the best for your next holiday gathering, ensuring a memorable meal for family and friends. With a few simple tips and easier-than-you-think recipes, you can do just that. Entertaining Tips —Prep the night before — Save time by chopping vegetables …

The Center for Enriched Living celebrates Thanksgiving

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Dorothy Brindisi (left), of Lincolnshire, and staff Aimee Halstuk (right), were among the 50 attendees at the Annual Thanksgiving Feast on Saturday, Nov. 17 at The Center for Enriched Living (CEL) in Riverwoods. Program participants, ranging in age from 18-60, and CEL's volunteers and staff …

New juice bar stresses a healthy, but tasty, lifestyle

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The Healthy Highland Park movement just received a boost, as a new health-conscience restaurant and juice bar opened Friday morning at the prime corner of Central Avenue and Sheridan Road. In The Raw — created by Highland Park residents Mark and Beth Taussig with the …

Tapas-style menu is the rock of La Roca

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We owe a culinary debt to Spain for paella, its delectable Valencian rice dish, and fideua de gambas y mejillones, a traditional Catalonian specialty made with pasta, shrimp and mussels. Both classic entrees and others can be had at La Roca Tapas, an agreeable restaurant …

Secrets to super steaks: Great grilling tips and techniques

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Why is it that a steak from a restaurant just seems to taste better than what you make at home? Often, it's because the chefs in the restaurant know the secrets of great grilling.   "Steak is a summer staple for many home cooks when the …

All-weather barbecuing: A guide to getting great smokehouse flavor

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It's barbecue season, and no one's ever going to complain about a delicious cut of meat cooked over a hot flame, no matter how you slice it. But do you want to merely satisfy your guests' hunger, or have them talking for the rest of …

Don't blame restaurants for those ridiculously large portions

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It may be the most silly question in the food-service industry: "Anything else I can get you?"  This after delivering a basket of bread, a salad, beverages, a plate with a massive steak hanging over both edges, a baked potato piled high with sour cream, butter, …

Rieslings calm the heat of spicy Asian food

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With a paper bib resting on my chest, I found myself on a recent morning apologizing to my dentist and dental hygienist for my fire breath. Scheduling is not my forte, so the appointment was at an hour I normally am not awake for, and …

Spring dessert of custard and strawberries

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Strawberries -- the quintessential fruit of spring -- are featured in all manner of desserts, but garnishing a goblet full of them with a light, soft zabaglione custard is one of the nicest.  This slightly frothy dessert originated in Italy; the custard itself, called "sabayon" in …

Chicken wings with a kick

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Sonya Benjamin of St. Petersburg, Fla., is "looking for a chicken-wing recipe that is baked and has a yellow mustard and onion sauce."  Dunedin, Fla., resident Deborah Griswold enjoys making her spicy mustard chicken wings for company. They are perfect for a casual gathering, game day …

Baking how to: cream butter and sugar properly

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Creamed butter and sugar is the first step to making great baked goods. What to do:  Step 1: Beat the Butter  Creaming butter and sugar helps to give baked goods structure by beating air into the butter, while the sugar helps hold the air. Start with room-temperature …

Benjamin Restaurant a fine addition to Highland Park dining scene

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Highland Park’s lively dining scene has long attracted brigades of serious food devotees, both locals and those from far beyond the North Shore. You can confidently add six-month-old Benjamin to the list of restaurants worth getting to know. The restaurant, a brainchild of adventuresome chef-owner …

Respect for street food

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A young boy of the dusty streets playfully slaps a mound of raw meat as the shopkeeper looks on, unconcerned; butchered poultry perches on tables and fish splay across the ground in the midday sun, unrefrigerated; flies swirl and dogs walk about brilliantly colored pyramids …

Chicago-area wine tastings

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Find a wine event happening in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs: Tallgrass,  1006 S. State, Lockport Chef Bob Burcenski and maitre d’/sommelier Tom Alves host a French spring dinner paired with wine at 5 p.m. May 6; $100. Courses include walnut-crusted trout, spring mushroom terrine …

Restaurant industry helps fight childhood obesity

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Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past three decades. A program launched last year by the National Restaurant Association is trying to reduce those numbers by putting healthy foods on the plates of children.

Professional grilling tips for the perfect backyard barbecue

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Grilling season has arrived. The unique flavors of sizzling meat on a hot grill are loved by Americans young and old. Whether you're an enthusiastic foodie or a simple family chef, it's time to get outside and perfect the art of the barbecue.  If you're …

Mark your calendar: Fall beer and wine festivals

Fall is shaping up to be an action-packed and stirring season, especially with the plethora of beer and wine festivals on the docket. Ravinia in Highland Park has always been known for their fabulous music and relaxing lawn seating and on September 20, they will …

Hop on a trail and ride: long and short bike paths

With cool crisp air on the horizon, autumn is the perfect time for a bike ride and there are many trails and winding paths to peek your senses and keep you engaged and energized. The North Shore Bike Path, for example, contains miles and miles …