5 “Must Eats” in Chicago

By Aerian Brown | July 9, 2013


Photo: TomC

Sweet home, Chicago. There is no better city in the world to me. From the downtown skyline to the cool beaches, Chicago has so much to offer and will always be my home base. With a large metropolitan area, Chicago boasts some of the best restaurants around the city and surrounding areas. The diverse population in and around Little Italy, Jew Town, Chinatown, Andersonville (known for its Swedish roots) and hundreds more neighborhoods has created a burgeoning food scene, yet I am not locked in by any of these boundaries. I enjoy trying foods from all over the city and there are always new ones cropping up every week. Being in New York now makes me miss my local stops, but that shouldn’t prevent those of you in the Windy City from all the tastes in town.  Here are a few of my Must-Have eats whenever I’m in Chicago: Read More


Chef Rick Bayless Performs in a Dinner and Theater Spectacular

By admin | January 3, 2012


Ever think you’d see the famous Chef Rick Bayless partake in a full-on magical theater performance? Well buckle your seat belts, because you’re in for a ride! Rick Balyess is working in collaboration with Lookingglass Theater Company on the production of “Cascabel: Dinner – Daring – Desire, an unforgettable theatrical adventure featuring a sumptuous feast, world-class circus acts, and a tantalizing love story starring celebrity chef Rick Bayless.”

If a dinner with the menu created by Rick Bayless wasn’t magical enough, the chef himself is also acting in the production Read More


Soul Food Series, Part II: Chicago and Its Southern Roots

By Ashley Bode | December 14, 2011

Photo: Southern Foodways Alliance

Photo: Southern Foodways Alliance

This week in our Soul Food Series, we discuss soul food in Chicago and its traditional approach to this historic cuisine. Chicago is a city that is rich in food culture. This Midwestern mecca has so many flavors to offer that if may be hard to decide which one best represents the city. Perhaps the most important of these food traditions is soul food, a part of the city’s DNA that is irreplaceable, but recently has begun to evolve.

The emergence of soul food in Chicago came during a time many know as The Great Migration. From 1910 to 1930 more than 1.5 million African Americans migrated from Southern roots to Midwest, West and Northern cities. Read More


Congrats Charlie Trotter!

By admin | September 20, 2011


I wanted to take a minute to give a big shout out to Chef Charlie Trotter in Chicago. After being in the food business for over 25 years, he still manages to stay on top of his game and proved so by receiving 4 stars from the Chicago Tribune. Congrats Charlie!

Charlie Trotter opened Charlie Trotter’s (Chicago) in 1987 with his father, Bob Trotter as his partner. The restaurant has been open for 25 years. What’s most inspiring about Charlie is that he never went to culinary school, and is completely self taught! Read More


Celebrate Fourth of July with a Dinner and a View

By admin | July 1, 2011

Photo: anthonycramp on flickr

Photo: anthonycramp on flickr

If you don’t feel like planning a Fourth of July celebration this weekend, why not just leave it to the professionals this year? Head on over to some of the finest establishments in your city to help you out this Independence Day. Check out these great restaurants (some with good views of the fireworks!) that are having celebrations around the country. Read More


Today is National Doughnut Day!

By mahir | June 3, 2011

National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut Day

Today is National Doughnut Day! Celebrated on the first Friday in June every year since 1938, National Doughnut Day is a perfect excuse to enjoy a sweet, fluffy treat – or two, or three.

Celebrate the holiday at Red Rooster with our delicious sweet potato doughnuts, injected with sweet potato cream and served warm with a dusting of cinnamon sugar.

Not in NYC to enjoy? Try one of these famed doughnut shops around the country!  Read More


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Whether it’s finding the best goat tacos in LA, spotting a well-worn vintage bag in Sweden, or interviewing the “crab man” selling seafood on a corner in Harlem, we tell stories seen from Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s point of view. strives to create conversations about food, nutrition, culture, art, and design. We want to find Read More


Streetbird Rotisserie
Marcus’ Bermuda
Eatery Social Taqueria
Red Rooster Harlem
Ginny’s Supper Club
Uptown Brasserie
American Table Cafe and Bar
Kitchen and Table
American Table Brasserie and Bar
Marc Burger