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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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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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Just because the calendar says summer is gone doesn’t mean we need to stow our ice cream cravings for another year. On the contrary, ice cream season rages on thanks to glamorous new concepts like Parlour at the Pavilion within The Langham, Chicago.


 

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In the vein of doughy snacks reaching a fever pitch, pierogies are falling in line nicely right alongside doughnuts, bagels, and empanadas. Considering Chicago’s enormous Polish population, it’s only appropriate that Poland’s contribution to the dumpling world would eventually arise in Chicago’s culinary landscape. And boy is it doing so.


 

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Back-to-school season is a lot more fun when hard liquor is involved, and the only homework of note is drinking. Ravenswood’s preeminent beer and whiskey bar Fountainhead turns its attention to mezcal for a series of Master Mezcalier classes in honor of the Indie Spirits Expo, allowing spirited students to learn a lot more about this south of the border staple.


 

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Judging by the scent of pumpkin spice in the air, autumn is officially here, and with it comes one of the season’s most venerable festivities: Oktoberfest. This beer-fueled week-long celebration, which runs through October 5-ish, brings about a slew of heady beers and European-inspired specials to bars and restaurants throughout Chicago.


 

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New bars pop up in Chicago faster than ramps in spring, so it takes a special bastion to stand out from the herd. Two such newcomers include a revamped classic and a clandestine cabaret –The California Clipper and Bordel Puncheon Club & Caberet.


 

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Doughnuts have had their time in the sun, but nowadays it’s time for another tire-shaped carb bomb to shine. Bagels have steadily risen up the ranks in doughy popularity, emerging at new spots such as Craft Pizza, BroBagel, and Mindy Segal’s bakery service at HotChocolate.


 

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It’s ladies night at Moto Restaurant on September 22, as some of the most esteemed female chefs in the industry join forces for the Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner. Designed to raise funds for the James Beard Foundation’s scholarship program for supporting women in the culinary field, the event promises to be an evening of culinary delights from some of the country’s best.


 

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In Chicago’s masterful bar scene, cocktails are as seasonal and dynamic as the weather. So with autumn on the way, it’s time for cocktail menus to shift and make way for bold new spirits.


 

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As summer winds down, football season heats up, and with football season comes some of the best eating of the year. Assuming, of course, you like burgers, chili, and barbecue. In light of the new NFL season, restaurants throughout Chicago are kicking off a slew of new football-inspired menu items.


 

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