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Your guide to eating, drinking and cooking in Chicago.

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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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2019 Christkindlmarket mugs revealed — the boot is back

Three designs will be featured this year, as well as the latest addition to the children’s mugs series.

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Menu planner: Warm yourself up with a bowl of quick beef-and-bean chili

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

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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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Online ordering boom gives rise to ‘virtual restaurants’ and ‘ghost kitchens’

Thousands of restaurants are experimenting with these virtual spinoffs tucked inside their own kitchens. Others are opening "ghost kitchens," where all food is prepared to-go.

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12 wine bottles arrive at International Space Station — for year of aging

The red Bordeaux wine will age for a year up there before returning to Earth. Researchers will study how weightlessness and space radiation affect the aging process.

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McDonald’s re-releasing classic toys in limited-edition Surprise Happy Meals

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Happy Meal, the Chicago-based restaurant chain is bringing back some of the most popular meal toys from the past four decades for a limited time only.

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Grill a Better Mallard comes to ‘Braising the Wild’

Jack Hennessy teaches how to Grill a Better Mallard this week in "Braising the Wild"

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Eating too much black licorice can be dangerous. Should you be worried?

The candy can contain a chemical compound called glycyrrhizin, which is derived from the root of a low-growing shrub found mostly in Greece, Turkey and Asia. The risk posed by glycyrrhizin is real and has prompted concern from the FDA.

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Halloween freebies, deals and spooky specials at McDonald’s, Krispy Kreme, and others

Trick-or-treaters can get a lot more than free candy this Halloween.

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Bill Murray applied for job at Atlanta Airport P.F. Chang’s (and was promptly hired)

The actor nonchalantly disclosed the news during an interview on Amy Schumer’s "3 Girls, One Keith" podcast.

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An epicurean delicacy formerly banned in Chicago, fois gras is now outlawed in New York City

Farmers who produce foie gras say the birds are treated humanely and don’t suffer during the fattening process.

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North Side restaurant’s Fall Donut offers autumnal flavors year-round

Chef at Sweet Virginia’s Kitchen makes the pillowy, cinnamon sugar treat from her grandma’s recipe — and serves it complete with the hole.

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Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods: A culinary slice of chef’s New Orleans childhood

Ina Mae, at 1415 N. Wood St. in Wicker Park, is the restaurant Chef Jupiter always dreamed of: cooking the Cajun and Creole food of his childhood.

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‘Joy of Cooking,’ America’s most popular cookbook: 9 things you should ahead of 9th edition

Almost 20 million copies of "Joy of Cooking" are in print today. It has been published continuously since 1936.

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Popeyes says popular chicken sandwich will return this weekend

In a dig at a competitor, the chain schedules the comeback for Sunday — when Chick-fil-A is closed.

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Menu planner: Smothered tilapia provencal stretches your dollar, pleases your palate

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

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Cookbook makes it easy to dine like Buddy the elf or ‘Seinfeld’s’ Elaine

From his Youtube series ‘Binging With Babish,’ Andrew Rea compiles recipes for dishes enjoyed, or just mentioned, on TV or in movies.

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Chipotle running out of carne asada but says guacamole supply is safe

The Mexican food chain estimates the seasonal steak will run out in late November or early December.

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Snickers giving away free bags of candy; how to get one in time for Halloween

Go to OneMillionSnickers.com to sign up for a gift card good for one bag of Snickers Fun Size bars.

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Jack Hennessy serves up Venison Chili this week for ‘Braising the Wild’

Jack Hennessy gives a special venison chili recipe for "Braising the Wild."

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Beer ‘summit’ coming to Chicago

The event runs from Thursday through Sunday at various locations.

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‘Cards Against Humanity’ Party Game Owners to Open Chicago Restaurant

Chicago Board Game Cafe will offer games, a bar and restaurant, and two escape rooms in Logan Square/Bucktown

Paneer pinwheel, served at Rooh, is made with red pepper makhani, fenugreek, butter powder, and peperoncino. | Brian Rich/Sun-Times
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Rooh shapes local ingredients into the flavors of faraway India

Eager to expand the definition of the cuisine, ambitious executive chef Sujan Sarkar practices a versatile cooking style he calls "freestyle Indian."

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Ditka’s iconic restaurant gets new lease, will stay open another year

SNEED EXCLUSIVE: The Gold Coast steakhouse was close to ending its 20-year-run, but will stay open.

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Krispy Kreme shop officially opens in Chicago’s Block 37

In honor of the grand opening, all brewed coffee is only 90 cents through the remainder of 2019.

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Menu planner: Halloween ghost brownies are more tasty than creepy

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

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The thirst days of Christmas: Aldi, Kroger to sell wine Advent calendars

At Aldi, the collection of bottles joins similar calendars featuring toys, chocolate, dog treats and now beer.

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The drive-thru wait at fast food restaurants gets longer

Dunkin’ is clocked as the quickest server in a performance study.

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New apple to be introduced at grocery stores in December

The Cosmic Crisp variety keeps for a long time in storage and in the refrigerator, said Kate Evans, who runs the breeding program at Washington State University.

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Original Home Run Inn restaurant in Little Village set to reopen after 70 years

A few mementos were saved from the original decor, like the restaurant’s Tiffany lamps and the original cash register, and will be featured in the dining room of the new space.