Intro Introduces New Chef and Dining News

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                            Erik Anderson

Erik Anderson

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.


 

Fresh Ingredients Spring Forth on Menus

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                            Piccolo Sogno

Piccolo Sogno

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.


 

Game On at Baseball-focused Bars and Restaurants

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                            Stretch Bar & Grill

Stretch Bar & Grill

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.


 

Prime Passover Plates in Chicago

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                            Maxwell’s at the Club

Maxwell’s at the Club

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

A Taste of Seattle in Chicago

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                            Shaw’s Crab House

Shaw’s Crab House

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.


 

Easter Eats and Sweets at Chicago Restaurants and Bakeries

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Judging by the egg-shaped chocolates and Peeps all around town, Easter is just around the corner. In regards to Easter dining, there’s much more to it than candy eggs. Map out your meal plans now, as Chicago restaurants and bakeries are serving up a miscellany of festive Easter dishes and menus for the spring holiday.


 

Unique Garnishes Make a Splash in Cocktails

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                            The Duck Inn

The Duck Inn

When it comes to cocktails, the garnish is much more than unnecessary flourish. Where dexterous mixologists are involved, the garnish is as much a part of the drink as the liquor, the bitters, and the infusions, not to mention it lends that show-stopping pop upon presentation. From gold-painted mint leaves to avian-inspired orange peels, here are some of the most awe-inducing garnishes bedecking cocktails in Chicago right now.


 

Cellared Menus Step Into the Spotlight

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                            Bohemian House, photo by Barry Brecheisen

Bohemian House, photo by Barry Brecheisen

When it comes to menus in Chicago, the cellar is the new hotness. “Cellared” off-menu dishes and drinks are coming to the forefront at spots like Bohemian House and SideDoor, and it’s time to get in on the secret.


 

Craft Cocktails Delivered to Your Doorstep

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                            Cocktail Courier

Cocktail Courier

Following a successful reception in New York City, the cocktail delivery service (yes, you read correctly) has launched in Chicago, just in time to soothe your winter wounds.

The Latest Food News at Eataly

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                            Eataly

Eataly

In case the mega-Italian wonderland known as Eataly isn’t astounding enough as is, the downtown restaurant complex and marketplace is constantly rolling out new programs and events faster than they can roll out fresh pasta. From Spaghetti Western Wednesdays to a truffle-themed pop-up, here’s the latest news to salivate over at Eataly.


 

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