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Customers picking up food bought through the app Flashfood at a grocery store

App Prevents Food Waste—And Gives Customers a Deal on Groceries, Too

Food waste is a huge problem that not only deprives hungry people of food but also contributes greenhouse gases. The app Flashfood allows users to buy groceries nearing their sell-by dates from stores at half price, preventing them from being thrown out. 
Daley's Restaurant

13 of Chicago's Most Iconic Diners

Chicago is an outstanding food city—but you don’t have to eat at Michelin-star restaurants to enjoy the exceptional dining culture. The city’s (and suburbs’) diners are where Chicagoans of all types congregate for some quick, hearty food and hot coffee.
Alma and Cristóbal Mora of Bueno Days sell Mexican coffee

A Little Village Couple Celebrates Their Heritage By Selling Mexican Coffee

Alma and Cristóbal Mora founded Bueno Days to use their love of coffee to explore their Mexican heritage, selling beans sourced from Mexico and providing education alongside their coffee and inspired drinks such as horchata cold brew and a mole latte.
A woman holding a basket of apples

10 Chicago Food Events to Welcome Autumn this October

Autumn is here. Celebrate with festivals featuring apples, beer, cider, wine, and more, all coming to the Chicago area in October as the weather turns cool along with the leaves changing color. 
Grilled Queso Fundido Potatoes from Pati Jinich

Grilled Queso Fundido Potatoes from 'Pati's Mexican Table'

There's a new season of Pati's Mexican Table where she visits the northeastern state of Nuevo León and samples some grilled delights, among other things. Try her recipe for grilled potatoes topped with oozy cheese, sausage, and bacon. 
A boy smells a bunch of cilantro

Food as a Teaching Tool: How One CPS Teacher Used Food to Connect with Her Students

A program called Pilot Light brings food education into the classroom. But it's about more than nutrition or cooking lessons. One Chicago Public School teacher shares her experience with using food as a dynamic teaching tool.
Prahok Ktiss from Khmai Fine Dining in Chicago's Rogers Park

A Recipe for a Cambodian Dip Redolent of Childhood

Prahok ktiss reminds the owner of one of Chicago's only Cambodian restaurants of childhood, when her mother would make it. Now it's one of her favorite dishes, and available at Khmai Fine Dining in Rogers Park. 
Nom Bahn Chok from Khmai Fine Dining in Chicago's Rogers Park

A Refugee Mother's Recipes Give Her Life and Inspire One of Chicago's Only Cambodian Restaurants

Mona Sang opened Khmai Fine Dining, one of two Cambodian restaurants in Chicago, to share the recipes and culture of her mother, who fled the Khmer Rouge genocide and ended up in Chicago, where she supported herself and four children as a caterer. 

This Oak Park Bagel Shop Was Born Out of an Amateur Baker’s Home

Oak Park's The Daly Bagel is the brainchild of resident Amanda Daly, who began as an amateur baker making bagels for her son.
Chef Tigist Reda of Demera Restaurant in front of a wellness center at a refugee camp for Tigrayans in Sudan

A Chicago Chef Raises Money—and Awareness—for Refugees from Ethiopia’s Ongoing Civil War

"I can’t stop the war, but I can do something,” says Demera Ethiopian Restaurant's Tigist Reda, who is hosting Chicago Chefs Cook for Tigray, a fundraiser for people whose lives have been upended by the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray region. 
Tofu Tikkā from Sheil Shukla's cookbook Plant-Based India

A Vegan Tikkā Recipe from a Chicagoland Doctor with an Indian Cookbook

Looking for a creative outlet while working as a doctor during the pandemic, Sheil Shukla developed recipes and photographed them for a cookbook based in part on the recipes of his family that also emphasizes healthful eating through veganism.
The Jubilee Pudding bakers. Image: Courtesy WETA

A Fall Full of Cooking Shows on WTTW

Fall means back to school, and while we may not be returning to lessons in a classroom, there's still plenty of fun things to learn—as in the cornucopia of new seasons of cooking shows premiering on WTTW over the next couple months.
Soft pretzels on a table next to a glass beer stein

18 Chicago Food Events to Enjoy in September – Including Plenty of Oktoberfest Celebrations

Apples, tacos, and plenty of Oktoberfest celebrations are just some of the food events to look forward to in September.
Kaliya Curry. Photo: Mary Anne Mohanraj

A Recipe for a Vegan Sri Lankan Curry from Oak Park Writer Mary Anne Mohanraj

Kaliya curry is a traditional curry eaten by Sri Lankan Muslims that features fried eggplant, plantain, and potato. The Oak Park writer Mary Anne Mohanraj, who has a vegan Sri Lankan cookbook coming out this fall, shares her recipe.
Mary Anne Mohanraj. Photo: Courtesy Mary Anne Mohanraj

How the Oak Park Author Mary Anne Mohanraj Filled "A Hole in Her Heart" By Writing a Sri Lankan Cookbook

Mary Anne Mohanraj primarily writes science fiction, but a desire to connect to the cuisine of her birthplace of Sri Lanka led her to write a cookbook celebrating the diverse cuisine of the island; she's now publishing a vegan sequel.
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