Why are Chicago chefs so obsessed with ramps? Well, they are our city's namesake, but they also make a tasty flavor accent for anything from risotto to lobster tacos.
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With more than 200 restaurants participating in Chicago Restaurant Week 2013, the choices can be overwhelming. Though still a few weeks out, you better make your reservations now if you want to grab some of the most coveted tables. Here are seven lunch deals you'd be sorry to miss.
For the second year in a row, the Green City Market Junior Board held a Halloween charity event. While all for a good cause, it was also an exceptional excuse to see some of Chicago's best chefs all dressed up.
Sepia's executive chef won the latest episode of the Food Network's Iron Chef America.
Last night, some of the best chefs in Chicago set up shop in Lincoln Park for the Green City Market's Chefs' BBQ Benefit, which helps raise money for educational initiatives at the market. The original plan was to try and eat every single dish, but considering there were over 80 restaurants at the event, I had to make do with sampling as much as I could. I did pretty well.
A splendid plate of octopus takes some doing. Cook it too long, and it dries out; don't cook it long enough, and octopus can be as forgiving as the sole of a dress shoe. But restaurants are taking an array of thoughtful approaches right now to serving up the cephalopod. Some opt to cook it sous vide, then finish it on the grill to order, leaving the texture pleasantly pliant and the flavor slightly flamed-kissed; others grill it and chill it, allowing octopus's natural chewiness to come through on the plate. Check out the slideshow of eight octopus dishes we love in Chicago.
As cookie-cutter and generic as Valentine's Day may seem, it's important to remember that romance is a deeply personal experience. So, it makes sense that what constitutes as a "romantic" restaurant depends entirely on the couple. Each of our contributors picked out the one place they'd most like to spend time with their significant other.
Sepia's interior. Photo from official website. Sepia restaurant in Chicago's West Loop is a testament to the success that can come from having a vision and sticking to it. While the idea of having one foot in the past and...