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Foodie in Residence is a new space for some of our favorite Chicagoland foodies to share tips, trends, and news around town for all things food and drink in Chicagoland.

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Paul McGee never fails to dazzle and entice in the cocktail department. When he was at The Whistler, he stood out as one of Chicago’s pioneering mixologists at the forefront of the craft cocktail genesis. Then he decamped and hitched his wagon to Lettuce Entertain You’s star with Three Dots and a Dash, that subterranean tiki wonderland regarded as one of the best bars in the world. Now the dexterous mix master is at it again, turning to classic European cocktail lore for his newly implemented drink list at Paris Club Bistro + Bar. But rest assured that when McGee does classics, you can expect a whole lot more than dusty throwbacks.


 

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Not since the final Harry Potter book has there been so much anticipation for new books. Why? Because new releases from acclaimed chefs Sean Brock, Nick Balla, and Cortney Burns come with can’t-miss dining events at Publican Quality Meats and The Publican. Thanks to One Off Hospitality’s upcoming slate of food book events, diners and readers have plenty of reason to get excited.


 

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Chicago may get most of its meaty reputation from hot dogs and sausage-studded deep-dish pizza, but we are certainly not lacking in our own superfluous array of burger joints. From high-end to low-brow, burger-centric spots can be found throughout the city. But that’s not stopping a recent onslaught of incoming burger concepts from other cities, gracing our fair city with their own brand of ground beef.


 

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As evidenced by the surfeit of pumpkin spice everything nowadays, ’tis the season for orange gourds. Far far far beyond lattes, this seasonal sensation is handily applied to dishes both savory and sweet, as well as a myriad of drinks. Here’s where to feast on pumpkin this season in Chicago
 

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After amassing national acclaim from the likes of Food & Wine and Cochon 555, Jason Vincent was at the top of his career game when he decided to step down from his chef de cuisine post at Nightwood. His departure was met with a collective jaw drop from Chicago’s culinary community, leaving anxious curiosity in his wake as to where he would end up next and what he would pursue. With a couple notable events and appearances this month, Vincent serves to fill that eager void. At least for now.


 

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The Chicago Marathon races into action on Sunday, October 12, an occasion that merits an all-out pre-marathon carb blowout in order for runners to amass stamina for the big day. And since it’s of the utmost importance that we all show solidarity, pasta binges all around! Restaurants throughout the city are rising to the occasion with a bevy of starchy specials.


 

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Summer may be but a faint recollection, but there’s no need to stow your barbecue cravings for the year. The Windy City BBQ Classic is back on October 11, marking one of the biggest and best food events of the year. Entering its third year, the Classic hosts more than 40 pit masters and upwards of 4,000 attendees.
 

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Judging by the pink, altruistic glow radiating all month long, it’s clear that National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us. To mark the occasion, to raise awareness and support for breast cancer foundations such as Lynn Sage, Susan G. Komen and Bright Pink, restaurants and bars throughout Chicago are joining the good fight with pink-tinted specials for a good cause.


 

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When a world-renowned chef hosts a book tour for something titled Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef, there’s really no better restaurant to celebrate than Balena. Said chef is Massimo Bottura of Three Michelin-starred restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, and he’ll be coming through Chicago on his international book tour on October 15.


 

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One Off Hospitality (management company for Blackbird, avec, The Violet Hour, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, and Nico Osteria) is rolling out high-end drink menus. From the boisterous bar program at Big Star to the lauded cocktail list at The Violet Hour, top-shelf spirits are just as paramount as top-tier farm purveyors for food menus. In a move to further showcase some of these exceptional spirits, a few members of the One Off gamut are offering new designated drinks and reserve beverage lists.


 

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