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A New Series from Andrew Zimmern Looks to the Oceans to Feed More People During Climate Change

The ocean “is where our solutions lie,” says Andrew Zimmern, and the new series Hope in the Water illustrates some of the possibilities of feeding more people from our oceans while also protecting the waters.

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Chicago's 2024 James Beard Award Winner

The winners for the American food industry's biggest awards have been announced, and Chicago has a single winner among them. The James Beard Awards were once again held in Chicago this year.

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New ’90s-Themed Bar Featuring a Mountain Dew Cocktail Serves Up Millennial Nostalgia in Logan Square

The James Beard Award-recognized chef Rodolfo Cuadros' The Basement is a cocktail lounge themed around Millennial nostalgia that features off-the-wall drinks and food from a wood-burning oven in Logan Square.

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“I Get to Slap My Boss”: The Wiener's Circle Serves Chicago Hot Dogs and Good-Hearted Insults

Photographer Kathleen Hinkel visited The Wiener's Circle in May to capture the food, customers, and, of course, the colorful language of the employees steering the ship. 

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Food Events to Explore in Chicago this June

Hot dogs, Greek food, strawberries, and wine take center stage at food festivals in Chicago and the suburbs this June. 

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A Hyped Pop-Up Debuts a Po’ Boy and Natural Wine Restaurant on a Patio in Avondale

The team behind the oyster-and-more pop-up Motorshucker is opening a restaurant on the patio of Avondale's Guild Row that will serve po' boys, soft serve, and natural wine during the warm season.

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Recipes

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Are You Brave Enough to Try Cicada Cracker Jack or Egg Rolls? Chicago Chefs Have Cooked Up Crunchy Cicada Snacks

As cicadas have begun their emergence in Illinois this year, a couple of Chicago area chefs have cooked up some crunchy recipes – including one for Cicada Cracker Jack that you can make on your own – that celebrate the nutty, earthy flavors found in the insects.

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Fruit and Veggie Caterpillars

Make a healthy, anthropomorphic snack for your kids from fruits and vegetables.

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Pizza Pops

Make individual-sized, easily handled pizza pops with some garlic butter dipping sauce for a fun treat for kids. 

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Squirrel Snacks Trail Mix

If you’re looking for an easy and healthy snack to serve at a birthday party, these mini cups of trail mix inspired by Elinor Wonders Why are a great choice.

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Donkey Hodie Birthday Cake

Celebrate a birthday with a cake decorated to look like the face of the PBS Kids star Donkey Hodie!

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Mary Berry's Passion Fruit Tart

Try a recipe for a passion fruit-flavored take on lemon tart from the grande dame of British cookery. It's perfect for a sunny spring gathering. 

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Food Series

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Check, Please!

The Emmy-winning local restaurant review series from WTTW Chicago features host, master sommelier, and restaurateur Alpana Singh sitting down with three “regular person” guest reviewers as they compare notes on their experiences at three Chicago-area eateries.

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Chefs Off the Clock

Discover the ways Chicago’s celebrity chefs unwind after they clock out of the kitchen. Get to know another side of these interesting personalities who — while known for their passion and work ethic in the kitchen — are fascinating and passionate people in their personal lives as well.

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FOODPHILES

Meet the people who feed you. This digital takes you into the kitchen, behind the bar, and into the field to introduce you to a chef or restaurateur who prepares food and libations as they share their personal stories and insights about the meaning of their work, how they got into the hospitality business, and why they have such a passion for what they do.

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Foods of Chicago

Join Geoffrey Baer as he plays both taste tester and tour guide, exploring the little-known stories behind Chicago's favorite foods! Along this delectable journey, learn how the Chicago-style hot dog came into being, discover the connection between Al Capone and Jay's Potato Chips, take a tour down Chicago's New Maxwell Street Market, learn about the birth of the classic SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE "cheezborger" routine from the Billy Goat tavern, and so much more!

Sarah Grueneberg

Dishalicious

This cooking demonstration program filmed before a live audience in WTTW's Grainger Studio is hosted by Sarah Grueneberg, James Beard award-winning chef/owner of Chicago's Monteverde and runner-up on "Iron Chef" and "Iron Chef Gauntlet." Each week, Sarah is joined by three extraordinary local chefs who band together to prepare a unique meal.

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Food Thoughts

Healthy eating and food education are essential to preparing the very youngest members of our community for school and life. Pilot Light and WTTW team up to encourage healthy eating with FOOD THOUGHTS, an animated series of videos for kids and families. Puppy chef host “Puprika” joins a diverse group of children and families to visit their homes, gardens, farms, and schools.

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