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Your guide to eating, drinking and cooking in Chicago.

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Following Michelin star honor, ‘everything has changed now’ for chef Mariya Russell

The chef de cuisine at Chicago’s tony Kumiko and Kikko is the first African American woman to be awarded a Michelin star in history of the culinary awards.

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Menu planner: Your kids will love one-pot Mexicali bowtie pasta

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

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White Castle recalling frozen hamburgers, cheeseburgers over ‘possible presence of Listeria’

The recalled products have "best by dates" ranging from Aug. 4, 2020 to Aug. 17, 2020, according to the notice.

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London’s ‘winter warmers’ a festive option for UK visitors, home mixologists

While the hot toddy remains popular, many cocktail bars now offer their own seasonal specialty drink.

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McDonald’s tests two new crispy chicken sandwiches

The poultry offerings, on the market now in Houston and Knoxville, take on Chick-fil-A and Popeyes.

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Aging game birds is latest set of tips in “Braising the Wild”

Jack Hennessy delivers tips on aging game birds this week in "Braising the Wild."

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Menu planner: No fish story — braised cod peperonata won’t disappoint

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

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Lou Ragusi, whose Capt’n Nemo’s submarine sandwich shops fed generations, has died at 88

Forty-eight years after he opened the first one in Rogers Park, the menu is nautical-themed, largely unchanged and includes two liverwurst sandwiches with ‘a small but maniacally devoted following.’

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Jack Hennessy offers Wild Turkey Cooking Tips for the Holidays in “Braising the Wild”

Jack Hennessy brings Wild Turkey Cooking Tips for the Holidays to "Braising the Wild" this week.

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Baker Miller debuts new soufflé-inspired pumpkin pie

The new egg-free recipe, featuring cream steeped with bay leaves, is part of their in-demand holiday lineup of baked goods.

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22 Decked-Out Holiday and Christmas Pop-Up Bars in Chicago

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at these Chicago bars

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Don’t wash the turkey, food experts warn

That just spatters the germs, heightening the risk that other food will be contaminated.

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Harry Morton, grandson of legendary Chicago restaurateur Arnie Morton, dies at 38

Pink Taco, a restaurant business Harry Morton founded and previously owned, confirmed his death in a statement Sunday. Specifics about the circumstances surrounding his death were not immediately available.

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Chicago chefs serve up recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes you can make at home

The experts add some flair to three old staples: macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.

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From Jay-Z to Matthew McConaughey — celebs are deep into signature liquor, wine brands

Stars’ brands of spirits and wines can make drink-loving fans happy at the holidays.

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Jack Hennessy reveals history and secrets of Kansas Ringneck Classic Fried Pheasant

In "Braising the Wild," Jack Hennessy reveals the history and secrets of Kansas Ringneck Classic Fried Pheasant.

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Carlos Gaytán Fuses Mexico’s History and his Family’s Heritage in River North

Here’s an inside look at some of Tzuco’s Mexican-French dishes that define the acclaimed chef’s downtown hotspot

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Born out of frustration, Hexe Coffee Co. aims to please with coffee, edgy desserts

The seeds — or rather beans — for Hexe Coffee were planted because owner Parker Slade was tired of spending more money than he wanted to on hot beverages.

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Menu planner: Teriyaki chicken and edamame rice bowls

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Lightfoot’s minimum wage compromise advances, to cheers from restaurant owners

The guaranteed hourly wage for tipped workers would rise from $6.40 to $8.40 next year. But some aldermen still want all employees, including tipped workers, to be paid the same minimum wage: $15 an hour.

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Spatchcocking Your Game Birds is the latest in ‘Braising the Wild’

Jack Hennessy explores spatchcocking game birds this week in Braising the Wild.

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Twinkies get a cereal makeover

The iconic snack cake has been reimagined as a crunchy cereal treat and will be available in stores by late December.

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Chicago-Based Potbelly Sandwiches Unveils Restaurant Design Revamp

The struggling chain also ditched guitarists in its quest to generate buzz

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The buzz intensifies for Starbucks’ caffeinated crown jewel on Michigan Avenue

The Reserve Roastery spreads the celebration of coffee over 35,000 square feet.

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Special South African gin infused with elephant dung

The creators describe the gin’s flavor as "lovely, wooded, almost spicy, earthy" and one that changes subtly with the seasons and location.

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Where to Dine on Thanksgiving in Chicago

20 delectable spots for holiday classics and creative twists

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Menu planner: Lemon herb baked salmon with bearnaise sauce is easy and satisfying

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All the Veterans Day deals, freebies and closings

Veterans Day is on Monday, Nov. 11. If you’re a vet, here’s where you can score great deals and freebies at restaurants — as well as a list of what will be closed.

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Pecan-smoked pheasant sandwich works off history in ‘Braising the Wild’

Jack Hennessy puts a twist on a sandwich from history with a Pecan-smoked pheasant sandwich in "Braising the Wild"

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Raucous Retro Diner Ed Debevic’s Plans to Resurface in Streeterville

Owners could tempt tourists and locals with milkshakes, dancing, and snarky service

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2020 Jean Banchet Award nominations announced; Ina Pinkney to receive special honor

The awards recognize the achievements of both established chefs and newcomers, as well as bartending, restaurant design and service.

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Fry the Coop flies high on the fried chicken sandwich craze

Villa Park native Joe Fontana will be opening his fourth Fry the Coop in West Town soon. The restaurants feature Fontana’s take on Nashville fried chicken.