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Curtis Duffy Steps Into the Spotlight 'For Grace'

Matt Kirouac

Eschewing that old "chef goes on reality show, chef glamorizes the restaurant industry" chestnut for a bluntly honest look into the process of opening a restaurant, Curtis Duffy is prepared to take the spotlight in a new documentary about the genesis of Grace, one of Chicago's most prized fine dining destinations.

Beyond the glistening surface of the restaurant lies a story about personal strife, professional achievements, and the woes of building a restaurant. The film, aptly

Indian for Everyone: Chicago Author Anupy Singla Shares Her Picks for the City's Best Indian Culinary Spots


Chicago-based Anupy Singla is a former broadcast journalist turned author and entrepreneur. Her commitment to simple, healthful, family-style cooking were reflected in her first book, The Indian Slow Cooker, named a Top 10 Cookbook of 2011 by The Atlantic, and her newly released second book, Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favorites, promises to make Indian cuisine even more accessible to the home cook.

Restaurants Scare Up Halloween-Inspired Specials

Matt Kirouac

As kids, Halloween is all about treacly candy and fluffy costumes. As adults, Halloween is all about candy-inspired dishes, drinks and slightly more risque costumes. And in some cases, pig's blood. Here are some places to eat, drink and celebrate Halloween this year in bars and restaurants around Chicago.

Fall is in the Air and on the Plate

Matt Kirouac

Judging by the chill in the air and the inescapable onset of the impending holiday brouhaha, it's clear we are deep in the throes of fall. For better or worse. Mostly for the better when you consider the dining and drinking options the season entails, and nothing quite captures the essence of fall dining quite like apples and pumpkins.

How Yoshi's Cafe Became a Chicago Dining Institution

Matt Kirouac

In an industry where longevity is measured in dog years (at best), Yoshi's Cafe has proved the test of time and established itself as a dining legacy in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. How does one accomplish such a feat? Yoshi Katsumura and his wife Nobuko provide some insight.

Weekend Alert: October 10-12

Chicago Marathon

Writing about these awesome events in Chicago this weekend is making me antsy. I want to get out and explore! Hopefully you all feel the same, because there's a bevy of fresh things to do Friday through Sunday, including the BeerHoptacular, PINKTOBER Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Windy City BBQ Classic and 2nd Fridays on the Chicago Cultural Mile.

And before you go saying you're gonna be tired of doing all of this - just imagine how those Bank of America Chicago

Weekend Alert: October 3-5

Great Chicago Fire Festival

Party like it's every year after 1871 this weekend, Chicago! Yes, I'm referring to the year of the Great Chicago Fire, but we'll be celebrating the city's rebirth with Redmoon's Great Chicago Fire Festival on Saturday. Featuring neighborhood bazaars and culminating in a Grand Spectacle on the Chicago River, this festival is a major highlight of this stacked weekend. We've also got Revolution's Oktoberfest Party, a Mac & Cheese Fest, Taste Talks and Laughingstock. Is your body ready?

12 Must Taste Dishes At This Weekend's Inaugural Mac & Cheese Fest

Mac and Cheese Fest

What's ooey and gooey and cheesy all over? Chicago's newest food-themed festival! Mac & Cheese Fest makes its debut at UIC Forum this weekend and Chicagoans are as happy as the smiling elbow noodle in the festival's logo. More than fifty local chefs and restaurants will come together on Saturday to pump out their best cheese and noodle dishes. Tickets ($50 in advance) allow you to same as many and as much of the macaroni as you can, but, before you fill up, we

Drink and Be Merry at St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest This Weekend


Don some lederhosen, raise your stein, and enjoy this year's St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest! Come out to the corner of Lincoln and Wellington this weekend to participate in one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in Chicago.

Weekend Alert: September 26-28

Chicago Gourmet

Lots to do this weekend. Lots. Eat some five-star food courtesy of all-star chefs at Chicago Gourmet, drop everything and dance at the David Bowie Variety Hour, slurp til you burp at the Shaw's Oyster Fest Block Party, and see some of the city's coolest museums for free. The choice(s) is/are yours ... you get the idea.

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