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Chef Tayler Ploshehanski, 33, left, works with line cook Tyler Damiani, 27, during the dinner service at Wherewithall at 3472 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: WTTW/Kathleen Hinkel

A Day in the Life of a Fine Dining Restaurant

What does it take to make a fine dining restaurant run smoothly—especially one like Avondale's Wherewithall, where the menu changes every week? A creative and organized chef de cuisine and multitasking general manager, for one. 
Boxes of produce like potatoes, carrots, onions, and tomoatoes

What is Community-Supported Agriculture? We’ve Got an Explanation – And A List of Chicago Farm Shares.

Community-supported agriculture is a “mutually beneficial relationship” between the farmer and the consumer that allows a person to buy a share of a local farmer's product. We've got an explanation of how it works, along with a list of some of the CSAs that serve the Chicago area.
The Pump Room at the Ambassador East Hotel in Chicago in 1970. Photo: ST-70004622-0013, Chicago Sun-Times collection, Chicago History Museum

Ten of Chicago's Most Iconic Restaurants, Past and Present

As iconic signs like Dinkel's and Orange Garden's disappear from Chicago, celebrate some of Chicago's most memorable restaurants, past and present, the kind of places where the surroundings are an inextricable part of the experience. 
Two women smiling and eating food at the Taste of Chicago. Credit: City of Chicago DCASE

14 Chicago Food Events to Add Some Flavor to Your July

There will be plenty of beer, tacos, and even hot sauce to go around this July. Here are 14 food events in Chicago and the suburbs to add a little flavor to your summer.
An up-close shot of several pretzels

With New Gnarly Knots Location Set to Open in Lombard This Summer, The Stuffed Pretzel is Still the ‘Star’

Chicagoland pretzel enthusiasts, take note. Gnarly Knots Pretzel Company is moving to a larger space in Lombard this summer, and their stuffed pretzels are still the main event.
Damarr Brown is the Chef de Cuisine at Virtue in Hyde Park, and he recently competed on Top Chef. Image: Will Blunt

A Nostalgic Jambalaya Recipe from Virtue Chef and 'Top Chef' Contestant Damarr Brown

Damarr Brown, the Chef de Cuisine at Virtue in Hyde Park, wasn't sure he wanted to do Top Chef at first. But after his mentor, Chef Erick Williams, encouraged him to take the opportunity, he went far in the competition. Brown discusses representation in the Chicago restaurant industry and shares his recipe for Chicken and Andouille Jambalaya.
A bundt cake

A Lemon-Lime Soda Pop Cake from Chicago's Mission-Oriented Bakery Justice of the Pies

Maya-Camille Broussard loved eating 7-Up cake at her cousin's after school. Now the James Beard Award-nominated baker, whose Justice of the Pies bakery runs culinary workshops for children and donates food, shares a recipe for that childhood treat.
Naengmyeon, or cold buckwheat noodles, from "The Korean Vegan" cookbook. Image Courtesy of "The Korean Vegan" by Joanne Lee Molinaro

Naengmyeon: An Invigorating Cold Noodle Dish from ‘The Korean Vegan’

For TikTok creator and James Beard Book Award-nominated cookbook author Joanne Lee Molinaro, food and family are inextricably linked. She shares the story behind her recipe for vegan naengmyeon, or cold buckwheat noodles.
A lychee martini

A Summertime Lychee Martini from the James Beard-Nominated Chicago Bar Nobody's Darling

Just a little over a year after it opened, Nobody's Darling already has a James Beard Award nomination for Outstanding Bar Program. Co-owners Angeles Barnes and Renauda Riddle share the story of their Andersonville cocktail bar, along with the recipe for their Southside Lychee Martini.
Buffalo cauliflower. Photo: iStock

A Recipe from Forty Acres Fresh Market, Which is Bringing a Grocery Store to the West Side

Liz Abunaw envisions the coming brick-and-mortar Forty Acres Fresh Market as "the place where you are in the middle of making a dish," like her recipe for buffalo cauliflower, "and you run out of something and you run up two blocks to go get it." 
Pandan Crinkle Cookies. Photo: Courtesy Mia P. Manansala

Savor the "Quintessentially Filipino" Flavor of Pandan in These Crinkle Cookies

“It’s kind of like a grassy vanilla, maybe with some coconut or floral overtones,” says author Mia P. Manansala of pandan, which flavors numerous Southeast Asian desserts. That includes Manansala's crinkle cookie recipe, which she shares ahead of an upcoming book.
People walking through the Chicago Food Truck Festival

16 Chicago Food Events to Celebrate Summer’s Arrival in June

With summer around the corner and the return of festival season, we've got a round-up of some of the food festivals happening in Chicago and the suburbs in June. Have a taste of everything from beer and hard seltzer to vegan food and ribs. 
The Great American Recipe judges Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot, host Alejandra Ramos, and Leah CohenPhoto: PBS/VPM

Chef Graham Elliot on the New PBS Home Cooking Competition Show 'The Great American Recipe'

The new PBS cooking competition show The Great American Recipe spotlights the stories and dishes of home cooks from across the country, and has The Great British Baking Show vibes, according to show judge Graham Elliot, who spoke to us about the series.
A man holding saffron in his palm.

Meet the Chicago Saffron Company that Supports Afghan Farmers

Chicago-based Heray Spice works with a farmers' co-op in Afghanistan to support Afghan farmers while providing quality saffron to chefs and at-home cooks in the United States. CEO and co-founder Mohammad Salehi talks about his love for saffron and some of the challenges his company has faced since the Taliban took control of his home country last year.
Ayam Semur Jahe (Indonesian Chicken) from Bumbu Roux. Photo: Bumbu Roux

A Comforting Indonesian Chicken Dish Perfect for a Bad Day

"If I have a bad day, I cook," says Jane Reed, whose son Chris started the catering business Bumbu Roux with her to serve the Indonesian food of her youth and the Creole food of his father's. Try an Indonesian recipe from them here. 
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