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Chefs’ Picks: Picnic Dishes

by in Restaurants, May 28th, 2016

Charcuterie Plate

When the warm weather hits, it’s time to start packing … a picnic, that is. Creating a spread that goes beyond the standard picnic fare may require a bit of thinking outside the basket, however. For some inspiration, we consulted chefs across the country on their favorite picnic dishes for wowing the crowds. Read more

3 of a Kind: Halvah

by in Restaurants, May 25th, 2016

Babka

3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Similar to the way chocolate ganache becomes fudge, tahini — the ground sesame-seed butter that’s the creamy-nutty base for hummus — becomes halvah, a fudgelike confection sweetened with simple syrup and perfumed with orange blossom water or rose water. You can eat it plain, but in the hands of chefs it’s being incorporated into inventive desserts and frothy coffee drinks. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Spicy Condiments

by in Restaurants, May 21st, 2016

Hot Sauce

Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

In the ever-evolving space of restaurant kitchens, chefs are pushing the spice boundaries by finding creative ways to bring on the heat. It’s no longer just about a simple hot sauce or shake of the crushed red to enhance flavor and add excitement to a dish. These chefs across the country share their favorite spicy condiments, such as Korean gochujang, French Espelette and other tongue-tingling ingredients. Read more

This Tequila Bar Uses an Uber-Like Pricing Model

by in News, Restaurants, May 19th, 2016

This Tequila Bar Uses an Uber-Like Pricing ModelWe’re accustomed to prices for everything from airplane tickets to car rides (hello, Uber!) being moving targets — subject to something called “surge” or “dynamic” pricing, in which the amount you pay for goods or services fluctuates depending on real-time supply and demand. If a lot of people want flights or rides when you do, you’ll pay more; on an off day, when demand is low, you’ll pay less.

But barring happy-hour specials, most of us are used to the price of a drink at our neighborhood watering hole being pretty stable — not something that changes from one minute to the next, depending on what and how much you and the guy at the other and of the bar are tippling.

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3 of a Kind: Seaweed Cocktails

by in Restaurants, May 18th, 2016

ApothekeSeaweed used to be known solely as something that washed up on the beach. Over the past couple of decades, though, the once-maligned oceanic annoyance has become a hip snack and cooking ingredient. Now creative mixologists are using its saline scent to liven up cocktails and give them sea-like depth. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Fried Chicken

by in Restaurants, May 14th, 2016

Martha Lou's

Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Memorial Day is coming, and with it, picnics to kick off summer — hopefully with crisp, golden fried chicken. We asked chefs across the country for their go-to bird suggestions, both homemade and at restaurants from coast to coast.

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3 of a Kind: Creative Kimchi

by in Restaurants, May 11th, 2016

Blue Duck Tavern

By Amanda Marsteller

3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious. 

Kimchi is having a moment: The traditional Korean dish is beloved for its fermented funkiness and the instant dose of umami it adds to any recipe. Though typically made with napa cabbage or daikon, kimchi is getting a creative overhaul in some restaurants. Lately, chefs have been experimenting with alternative kimchi bases — and finding undeniably pungent success.

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Chefs’ Picks: Mother’s Day Recipes

by in Restaurants, May 7th, 2016

Chocolate Nut SquaresChefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Most everyone wants to show Mom love on her special day. For those who plan to prepare homemade gifts, we polled a few chefs around the country on what they cook to make their moms feel treasured on Mother’s Day. Take your pick of recipes, from French berry tarts to a Mexican Love Cake, and make your mother’s day!
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3 of a Kind: Horchata Cocktails

by in Restaurants, May 3rd, 2016

Bajo Sexto

 3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious. 

Tequila, mezcal, micheladas, even Mexican Coke: Mexican beverages are having a moment. Surfing the wave of south-of-the-border sips is rice-milk-based horchata. All across the U.S., creative bartenders are mixing the traditional drink into boozy, cinnamon-scented concoctions.
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Highlights and Winners from the 2016 James Beard Awards in Chicago

by in Events, News, Restaurants, May 3rd, 2016

JBFAChefs took center stage last night to celebrate the 2016 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards, which are two years into a three-year stint at Chicago’s Lyric Opera. Hometown pride was on full display, with Chicago’s high-concept culinary temple Alinea taking home the Outstanding Restaurant award. Mayor Rahm Emanuel helped kick off the evening, kidding, “Chicago is known for cuisine and the way we count ballots, so you might as well all go home — we won.”

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