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Chefs Honor Rescued Recipes from Holocaust Survivors

An upcoming dinner in Glencoe honors recipes from Holocaust survivors. One recipe for a walnut cream cake was a childhood favorite of Steven Fenves, whose family ledger of recipes is in the culinary archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 

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Carrot Cake with 'Lyla in the Loop'

In the PBS Kids show Lyla in the Loop, Lyla and her family enjoy doing the carrot cake dance together – the perfect excuse to make a carrot cake with your kids and have fun at the same time! 

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Chocolate Cornflake Bars from PBS Food

Chewy and crispy, these chocolate cornflake bars from Marc Matsumoto of PBS Food's Fresh Tastes come together in about 5 minutes and don't require turning on the oven or stove.

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Homestyle Dumplings for Chinese New Year

The meat-filled Chinese dumplings jiaozi are often served at Chinese New Year in the hope that they bring prosperity because of their resemblance to ancient currency. Try a recipe from a chef who is in the process of opening a Taiwanese restaurant in Andersonville.

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Mini Cherry Crumbles from PBS Food

Make four individual, small cherry crumbles for an easy dessert, courtesy of PBS Food. 

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Heart Apple Chips for Valentine's Day

Make a healthy snack with your kid that will make them want to eat apples everyday – or, at the very least, on Valentine's Day!

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Food Stories

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Love It or Hate It, Cincinnati Chili Is Coming to Chicago Thanks to a Michelin-Starred Chef

After steering Atelier to a Michelin star in its first year, Chef Christian Hunter is now opening a Cincinnati chili parlor and bar that will celebrate the Midwest.

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The Big-Voiced, Big Softie with a "Gift of Gab" Who Serves Homestyle Latin American Food in Logan Square

Omarcito's in Logan Square, which recently won the Jean Banchet Award for Best Counter Service, serves up home-style Latin American plates and handhelds. Owner and chef Omar Cadena, "a big softie with big energy and a big voice," wants everyone to feel loved and included when they walk up to the window.

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Try a Rare-in-Chicago Cuisine that Combines Indian, African, Caribbean, and More Influences

Trinidadian cuisine is a unique reflection of its multicultural history, with an iconic street food that incorporates Caribbean and Indian flavors. D's Roti and Trini Cuisine is one of only two Chicago restaurants where you can try it.

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Chicago's Delightful Pastries Makes 40,000 Pączki This Time of Year. Take a Look Behind the Scenes

Photographer Kathleen Hinkel visited Delightful Pastries on Lawrence Avenue in Jefferson Park to get a behind-the-scenes look at the colorful preparation that goes into creating thousands of pączki in the days leading up to Lent. 

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Chicago BLACK Restaurant Week is Back

Over 50 Black-owned restaurants, bakeries, beverage purveyors, caterers, and more will be offering fixed menus, discounts, and special prices to help get people in during the slow months of winter.

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The Oldest Restaurant in Illinois – Where Even the Furniture Was Once for Sale

Long Grove, Illinois is home to the state's oldest restaurant, The Village Tavern. What was once a watering hole 177 years ago is now a charming spot steeped in history.

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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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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


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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