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IT’S A GOOD JAMES BEARD YEAR FOR RESTAURANTS, ANYWAY

IT’S A GOOD JAMES BEARD YEAR FOR RESTAURANTS, ANYWAY

Chicago restaurants have never had more of a presence at the Beards—and Chicago food media has never had less


Scene - March 16, 2016 - 9:34 am - Michael Gebert


THIRTEEN HUNDRED POUNDS OF CHICAGO SAUSAGE PARTY

THIRTEEN HUNDRED POUNDS OF CHICAGO SAUSAGE PARTY

On the northwest side, a Chicago family’s old sausage recipe has become an annual tradition for people from all walks of life


Neighborhoods - March 15, 2016 - 9:21 am - Michael Gebert


CONNECTING WITH THE ANCIENTS (GRAINS, THAT IS) AT HEWN

CONNECTING WITH THE ANCIENTS (GRAINS, THAT IS) AT HEWN

For baker Ellen King, being able to work with heritage midwest grains meant getting to know your farmer, your miller, and wheat itself


Growing - March 10, 2016 - 8:48 am - Michael Gebert


INTRO IS NOW ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD. INTRO IS NOW ABOUT VEGETABLES.

INTRO IS NOW ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD. INTRO IS NOW ABOUT VEGETABLES.

We talk to Executive Chef Stephen Gillanders about Intro’s evolution—and to new visiting chef Jessica Largey about her vegetable-driven (but not vegetarian) menu


People - March 3, 2016 - 6:46 am - Michael Gebert


FRESHLY MADE FOOD COMES TO ENGLEWOOD AT THE DREAM CAFE & GRILLE

FRESHLY MADE FOOD COMES TO ENGLEWOOD AT THE DREAM CAFE & GRILLE

Howard Bailey thinks Englewood could be the next Wicker Park—and he’s trying to get there one homemade meal at a time


Neighborhoods - February 23, 2016 - 9:21 am - Michael Gebert


SEE NAOKI NAKASHIMA’S BEAUTIFUL SASHIMI PLATES AT NAOKI SUSHI

SEE NAOKI NAKASHIMA’S BEAUTIFUL SASHIMI PLATES AT NAOKI SUSHI

After 13 years at Shaw’s Crab House, Naoki Nakashima gives Lincoln Park a top sushi restaurant inside Intro


People - February 16, 2016 - 10:11 am - Michael Gebert


CHICAGO HISTORY IN A PIZZA: CHESTER’S & ORSI’S IN SUMMIT

CHICAGO HISTORY IN A PIZZA: CHESTER’S & ORSI’S IN SUMMIT

The best pizza you’ve never had comes from the bar that once ran a small town on the edge of Chicago


Neighborhoods - February 12, 2016 - 9:11 am - Michael Gebert


IS FIRST WE FEAST RIGHT ABOUT WHAT’S WRONG WITH FOOD MEDIA?

IS FIRST WE FEAST RIGHT ABOUT WHAT’S WRONG WITH FOOD MEDIA?

The New York-based food website had its take on where food media has gone in 2016. What they got right—and what they missed


Scene - February 9, 2016 - 9:30 am - Michael Gebert


CAFÉ MARIE JEANNE IS THE GRAND-MÈRE CHICAGO NEEDS RIGHT NOW

CAFÉ MARIE JEANNE IS THE GRAND-MÈRE CHICAGO NEEDS RIGHT NOW

Michael Simmons’ sort-of-Parisian-Montreal cafe in Humboldt Park has the warmth and comfort food you’re looking for this winter


People - February 5, 2016 - 9:32 am - Michael Gebert


THE LOCAL TOMATO THAT CAME FROM THE FUTURE

THE LOCAL TOMATO THAT CAME FROM THE FUTURE

MightyVine grows fresh, tasty tomatoes in the dead of Chicago winter. Is that still growing local?


Growing - February 2, 2016 - 9:16 am - Michael Gebert