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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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When a trifecta of beverage industry titans join forces, you take notice. BALSAM American Amaro is the new masterwork of three heavy-hitters in the beverage and specialty goods sphere, including Rodrick Markus of Chicago’s Rare Tea Cellar, Adam Seger of Chicago-based HUM Spirits (not to mention a renowned mixologist), and Barry Young, Master Distiller of Pennsylvania Pure Distillers. Individually, they pack a wallop of talent and innovation. Together, they form a super group unified by Amaro.


 

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At the risk of jinxing us into seven more months of winter, it seems that patio season is upon us in Chicago. Across the city, restaurants, bars, and cafes are thawing out and opening their al fresco dining spaces to take advantage of the sunshine and warmth.


 

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If a pastry consisting of pie dough, frosting, and fruity filling is wrong, then there’s really no need to be right. Elevating the toaster pastry template of our childhood, bakeries and cafes across the city are popping out novel new takes on “pop tarts.” The nostalgia factor coupled with the dough factor equals unparalleled deliciousness.


 

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In case the legions of girls hawking cookies at every street corner hasn’t given it away yet, we are in the delicious throes of Girl Scout Cookie season. Temptation is a Thin Mint cookie. And if you’re going to cede to temptation, you may as well raise the bar a little bit by indulging in some of the illustrious Girl Scout Cookie-inspired desserts at Sepia. They’re a lot classier than bingeing on boxes.


 

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Each year, madly popular Baconfest Chicago brings out the best in carnivorous cravings, proving that bacon fanfare has transcended trend to become a permanent obsession. With the grand event taking place April 17 and 18, and with April being “Bacon Month,” it’s apropos to round up some of the best bacon creations in Chicago. Think of it as “research” and “warm up” for the big event.


 

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Lettuce Entertain You’s ground-breaking Intro has been hot since taking over in L20 space on Lincoln Park West. The unique restaurant serves as an incubator for different chef talents across the country, housing one chef-in-residence for a few months and granting them conservatorship over the menu. It offers Chicagoans an opportunity to sample talent from beyond our city borders, while providing something totally new and fresh on a recurring basis. As Intro prepares to welcome its second chef-in-residence, Erik Anderson, the restaurant also has some other news to share.


 

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Considering the frigid trajectory of winter this year, you’ve probably never been happier to see rhubarb in your life. It’s with wide open arms and mouths that we welcome spring dishes and drinks to Chicago, re-inspiring our numbed senses with the vivifying life force of fresh produce. New menus continue to roll out on the regular, but here are some standout items that are sure to provide a taste of spring in the Midwest.


 

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Baseball season is nearly upon us, one of the key forebears of warmer days to come and increased cravings for stadium-adjacent dining. Regardless of your team loyalty, everyone’s a winner when sports-friendly foods are served in restaurants within a baseball’s pitch of the stadium. In anticipation of the April 5 season opener for Major League Baseball, here’s this year’s report on baseball dining in Chicago.


 

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Passover takes place April 3 through April 11, and here are a few Passover meals not to miss in Chicago this year.
 

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The 30-year anniversary of Shaw’s Crab House continues, and this time the longstanding River North standby has called in some help from one of Seattle’s finest. Restaurateur and author Renee Erickson is coming to town for a special event on April 2, featuring the aid of local chefs Giuseppe Tentori and Cosmo Goss.


 

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