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Gordon Ramsay Burger Chicago the start of something big for the fiery-tempered chef

“When Chicago came along it was a perfect fit. ... I just feel more at home here. I feel more connected,” the chef says about opening his first restaurant in town.

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Chicago’s Douglas Kim is MGM sommelier overseeing 350,000 bottles of wine at Las Vegas resorts

MGM Resorts International recently announced the promotion of Kim, a master sommelier, to the role of director of wine for its Las Vegas resorts.

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When it comes to taste and freshness, don’t bypass frozen fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are picked when they are at their peak ripeness and flash-frozen to retain all of their nutrients, antioxidants and flavor.

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Light yet robust cioppino stew demands the freshest seafood possible

Unlike many stews that taste better with time, this stew is meant to be eaten straight away to capture the freshness of the fish.

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Building great sandwiches means using great breads

The most beneficial nutrient most breads can offer is fiber. Ideally, look for breads containing at least two grams of fiber per slice and rolls providing at least three grams per roll.

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Menu planner: Take a trip to Italy with Tuscan soup

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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A Southern-Style Cafe and Diner Opens in Hyde Park With Menu From Renowned Chicago Pitmaster

Roux serves up down-home classics from Lillie Q’s Charlie McKenna, plus beignets and coffee

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COVID pandemic hasn’t slowed China’s love for US lobster

The lobsters are especially sought after in winter because they are a popular delicacy on Chinese New Year, which is Feb. 1 this year.

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M&Ms mascots get makeovers to become more inclusive

The characters will have more unique personalities as well as subtle changes to their look. For example, the green M&M drops her signature boots for a pair of sneakers.

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Nancy Palese, co-founded iconic namesake pizza restaurants in Chicago, dies at 87

She and her husband and restaurant co-founder Rocco Palese created a hearty "stuffed" pizza (not deep dish) that would become the core of Nancy’s Pizza restaurants.

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Hub for food startups planned in Grand Boulevard

The city has accepted a developer’s proposal to convert the building at 5021 S. Wabash Ave. into commercial cooking facilities and test kitchens.

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A lifetime of waiting: South Side chef’s recipes featured in global cookbook

Josephine "Mother" Wade, owner of Chatham’s soul food restaurant Josephine’s Southern Cooking, has her recipes for shrimp etouffee and hush puppies featured in an exclusive cookbook featuring chefs from around the world.

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Valerie Bertinelli writes of acceptance, empowerment in compelling ‘Enough Already’

Throughout the collection of essays, the actress and Food Network star gives insight into her self-doubt, relationship with rocker Eddie Van Halen and the troubles plaguing her second marriage.

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Dishin’ on the Dish: Gator gnocchi at Frontier

The hand-rolled potato gnocchi stays true to the traditional technique.

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Alpine cheese fondue: a delicious pot of Swiss comfort food

When shopping for the ingredients, aim for an aged alpine cheese, especially when you are using Gruyere, which will add nuance and an earthy-umami depth of flavor to your pot of cheese.

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Menu planner: Pan-seared tilapia offers a well-rounded and savory meal

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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Olive oil linked to lower death risk from Alzheimer’s, other causes, new research suggests

The health benefits of olive oil have long been touted. That’s because it’s packed with healthy fats, nutrients and antioxidants.

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Peapod founders make shopping for special dietary needs a breeze with new app, website

Peapod co-founder brothers have Introduced a website and scanning technology that lets shoppers search grocery aisles, products to filter out specific ingredients.

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Logan Square’s Lost Lake bar to close permanently

Last call will be Jan. 15, two days after the establishment’s seventh anniversary.

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Multi-cooker makes cooking healthy meals easy and quick

With a multi-cooker, the nutrients are retained, and flavors and colors are brighter.

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Menu planner: Cajun sausage and rice is filling and delicious

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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Taco Bell launches Taco Lover’s Pass subscription: 30 days of tacos for $10

With the pass, choose from one of seven select tacos each day for 30 consecutive days starting on the date of pass purchase.

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Parsnip and celery root puree a creamy side dish change of pace

There are several ways to prepare root vegetables for a mash or puree.

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Meals from a box hold a heaping helping of nostalgia and convenience

Boxed foods aren’t especially cool anymore, but they do have a market.

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Cookbook celebrates Latin America’s vast, vital and delicious cuisine

What author and Michelin star-winning chef Virgilio Martinez and his collaborators have created is a thoroughly researched cookbook that offers a snapshot of the spirit of Latin American cuisine.

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Menu planner: Keep it simple and tasty with pot roast soup

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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Compliance, frustration on first day of vaccination rule for bars, restaurants, gyms: ‘It’s not right to force this on people’

During a live interview Monday on CNBC, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said even though the Omicron variant usually has less severe outcomes, it is still driving a ‘massive community spread," justifying the vaccination requirement.

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Black business incubator says hello — and goodbye — to culinary artists

Washington Park’s Retreat at Currency Exchange welcomed two new culinary artists in residence this fall. But by the end of January, all three fledgling businesses will be moving on.

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Lucky New Year’s Eve foods? Try black-eyed peas, grapes, noodles and more

What associates these dishes with good fortune, exactly?

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English sparkling wine is on the rise for celebrations

"There’s been a splurge of interest from overseas in recent years as wine media and critics have started to talk more fondly and more positively about the wines from England," one expert says.

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Film-themed recipes are served up in new cookbook

"Nitehawk Cinema Presents: Movie-Inspired Menus from Brooklyn’s Dine-In Theater," is a cookbook offering recipes and cocktails based on food and drink from movies.

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Menu planner: For an easy no-meat dinner, try one-pot penne pomodoro

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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Coalition of restaurants call on Lightfoot to postpone new COVID-19 mandate

Mary Kay Tuzi, owner of Twin Anchors at 1655 N. Sedgwick St., said restaurants have been unfairly targeted throughout the pandemic and have borne the brunt of COVID-19 mandates.

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Rudy Malnati Jr., member of Chicago pizza dynasty, director of Air and Water Show, dead at 65

He died Christmas Eve at his Lake Forest home after a five-year battle with gallbladder cancer, his wife said.