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Rules to Live By at Chicago Gourmet

With an Overwhelming Amount of Food and Drink, You Have to Learn to Pace Yourself!

October 6, 2014
Samantha Nelson

Last year was my first time at Chicago Gourmet, and the event was sort of a blur. I left full, drunk and having to piece together my time there through my notes (which unsurprisingly got a lot sloppier as the day went on). I still had a great time, but this year I wanted to avoid my novice mistakes and get more out of my day by living by a few simple rules. Rule Number 1: Get there early. Last year, there were already lines for many of the big chef tasting tents by the time I got into the park about 30 minutes after start time. This year, I showed up early. …  Read more

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Francesca’s Honey Month Menu

Amazing Dishes are Available at All of the Chain's Locations Until September 28!

September 22, 2014
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Samantha Nelson

Francesca’s Restaurant changes up its menu of Italian fare monthly, rolling out the new selections to its 23 Chicago area locations. But corporate executive chef Massimo Salatino also likes to challenge himself and draw in novelty-seeking customers by offering some seasonal-themed menus. His latest celebrates September’s designation as National Honey Month by working the sweetener into five dishes, available through September 28. To enjoy honey in its purest form, start with the whipped ricotta. You get a jar filled with the ultra creamy cheese to spread atop buttery grilled bread and then sweeten with a bit of fresh honeycomb. Beverage director Lisa Mango chose a wine to pair with each dish …  Read more

Foodies Unite: Food Network Concert at Ravinia

Top Celebrity Chefs Offer the Best in Food and Music!

September 8, 2014
Kaleigh Glaza

Chicago is well-known for its food scene, from Michelin-star restaurants to delicious food trucks, but on September 20th, the all-stars of the culinary world will take the Windy City by storm. Food Network Magazine presents Food Network in Concert at Ravinia, an all-day event at the concert grounds with an array of culinary and musical treats, all benefitting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America. This exciting experience will feature popular Food Network stars, including Iron Chef Jose Garces, Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli (Chopped judge), Marc Murphy (Chopped judge) and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian (Chopped judge) and more. There will also be 50 of the country’s most respected …  Read more