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Chef Christian Hunter

A Rising Chef Comes to Chicago to Lead a New Restaurant in an Acclaimed Space

Christian Hunter is the executive chef at Atelier, the new restaurant replacing Elizabeth in Lincoln Square, a tiny spot that Iliana Regan made famous for her local, foraged food. Hunter's approach to food is similar in its adherence to local products.
Pounding rice in a mortar called an usu.

The Japanese Tradition of Pounding Rice into Mochi at the New Year

The Japanese snack mochi is traditionally made at the New Year by pounding rice with mallets until it becomes perfectly smooth and wondrously chewy. We documented the process at the Japanese American Service Committee.
Mona Sang at her restaurant Khmai Fine Dining

Chicago's Semifinalists for the 'Oscars of Food'

The semifinalists for the James Beard Awards, one of the food industry's biggest recognitions in America, have been announced. Chicago has eleven nominees amongst them, four fewer than last year. 
Ollyvia Putri's kue lapis legit

The Naperville Baker Making Stunning Cakes That Offer Indonesians Across the Country a Taste of Home

The Indonesian cake kue lapis legit is difficult to find in America because of its laborious process of baking twenty individual layers, but Ollyvia Putri bakes and sends them and other Indonesian treats across the country, especially at the Lunar New Year.
A cocktail from Nine Bar

Chinatown's First Cocktail Bar Celebrates Lunar New Year with Cocktail Versions of Asian Food

Nine Bar is celebrating Lunar New Year with cocktails inspired by Asian dishes like fried sesame balls and tom kha kai, along with food from acclaimed Filipino restaurant Kasama. The bar was born out of pop-ups that orginally began as Lunar New Year's celebrations.
A gift box from Here Here Market featuring various products made by Chicago food chefs and entrepreneurs

An Online Marketplace That Brings Together Some of Chicago's Most Exciting Chefs and Food Entrepreneurs

Pasta from Monteverde, sauces from Stephanie Izard, popcorn from Luella's, spice mixes from Galit: Here Here Market brings together specialty food products from Chicago chefs and entrepreneurs in one online marketplace perfect for gifts.
A dish at The Soul Food Lounge in Chicago's North Lawndale

17 New Restaurants to Try During Chicago Restaurant Week 2023

Chicago Restaurant Week runs from January 20 through February 5 this year. There are tons of options across the city and suburbs, but it's a good excuse to try some of the restaurants that opened in the past year. 
Xīhóngshì Chăo Jīdàn (Chinese Stir-Fried Tomatoes and Eggs) from America's Test Kitchen

A Fast Weeknight Meal of Chinese Stir-Fried Tomatoes and Eggs

Tomatoes and eggs are a classic combination in many Chinese home kitchens, and it's no mystery why. The stir-fry comes together quickly and packs aromatics and sweetness into a filling meal. Try a recipe for it from America's Test Kitchen.
A hand holding up a Hop Butcher beer in a glass

Chicago History and Hoppy Beers Inspire Local Brewery Hop Butcher for the World

Hoppy beers and a love for all things Chicago history and food have inspired the owners of Hop Butcher for the World. The brewery recently opened a new brewery, taproom, and store in Lincoln Square.
Mexican Hot Chocolate from Katherine Anne Confections

How to Spice Up Your Hot Chocolate: Pointers from the Owner of Katherine Anne Confections

Katherine Duncan of Logan Square's Katherine Anne Confections has started to think about chocolate in the same way that people think about wine. She shares her tips for making a decadent hot chocolate in your own kitchen.
Tater Tot Hotdish from Cook's Country

Our Most Popular Recipes of the Year

Simple, classic, and hearty ruled in our most-viewed recipes of 2022, which contain versions of several Chicago dishes, a couple casseroles, both simple and complex baked goods, and everything delicious.
A Venezuelan Christmas spread with pan de jamón and hallacas on the left, and wrapped hallacas on the right

Klein's Bakery & Cafe Provides a Taste of Home at the Holidays to Venezuelans in Chicago

At the holidays, Klein's Bakery & Cafe offers two Venezuelan must-haves for Christmas: the tamale-like hallacas, and pan de jamón. Hallacas are typically made as part of a big family in Venezuela, but Klein's helps immigrants have a taste of their traditional holiday experience even in Chicago.
Roasted nuts and other festive foods have been drawing visitors to the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza for 27 years

The Foods of Chicago's Christkindlmarket

Roasted nuts and other festive foods have been drawing visitors to the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza for 27 years. The Chicago photographer Jack X. Li recently visited to document the snacks—and people’s delight in them.
Chicken Bastilla

A Recipe for a Celebratory Moroccan Dish That Mixes Sweet and Savory

Traditionally served at celebratory occasions such as weddings—or, perhaps, upset victories in the World Cup by the Moroccan national football team—the Moroccan dish chicken bastilla is an elaborate pie containing stewed chicken, eggs, and almond paste. Try a recipe from Chicago's Shokran restaurant.
Shokran Moroccan Restaurant

As Morocco Defies Expectations at the World Cup, Discover One of Chicago's Only Moroccan Restaurants

Morocco won a group containing the second- and third-place finishers in the last World Cup and then defeated the heavyweight Spain in the first knockout round of the 2022 World Cup. Khalid Kamal, the owner of the Moroccan restaurant Shokran, is rooting from them from afar, along with his family back in Morocco.
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