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The James Beard Foundation Awards announced their nominations on Monday, March 19, 2012.
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2012 James Beard Foundation Awards nominees have roots in the Chicago suburbs

The James Beard Foundation (, is a highly recognized and respected organization in anyone who's anyone, and aspiring to be someone, in the culinary world. … Read more ›

Hello Kitty pastries at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights.
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Market Visit: Mitsuwa Marketplace

Gourmet cooks and wanna-be's alike, should never be intimated of the Asian market. The thought of walking in a place where people speak little English … Read more ›

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Fodrak's Rewards Eleven Leap Year Babies With $60 Catering Packages

A Google-check reveals there are 4,000,000 people who were born on Leap Day, about one in every l,493 births. As February 29, 2012 approached Jim … Read more ›

Lenten Fish Fry
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Marytown's Lenten Friday Fish Fry

Friday Lenten Fish Fry at Marytown! Please join the friars for our first annual Lenten Fish Fry with good fellowship, tasty beer-battered fried North Atlantic … Read more ›

A Guinness and Bulmers Irish Cider are served up at Murray’s Pub Bridge Inn in the Chapelizod neighborhood of Dublin, Ireland. (TribLocal photo by Kara Silva)

Guide to Irish pubs and restaurants

In case you want to have a plate of corned beef or a pint in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s our guide to Irish … Read more ›

Soda bread baked in a loaf pan (Stephanie Hardiman Simon / TribLocal)

Basic Irish soda bread recipe

This isn’t a super traditional or family recipe for soda bread. Feel free to use this if you’re looking for an easy recipe or have … Read more ›

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Nothing says St. Patrick's Day quite like a big ole' plate of corned beef and cabbage. But did you know that this well loved culinary … Read more ›

Fodrak's Pepper and Egg Sandwish
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Pepper and Egg Sandwich Steps Up for Lent at Fodrak's

Of course your Gyros and other favorites are still there but now is the time of year when the Pepper and Egg Sandwich is most … Read more ›

Valentine's Day

TribLocal Tweets: All about Valentine’s Day

From candy to dinner for two, TribLocal offered up tips for how to treat a sweetie or loved ones and asked followers about their plans for Valentine’s Day Feb. 1. Read more ›

Maggie Bieritz and Scott Metzger star in "Love Letters," a special Valentine's Day evening of hearts presentation at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville.
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‘Love Letters’ Dramedy, Cocktail Hour Song Stylings, Buffet; It's Valentine's Day February 14 At Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville

LIBERTYVILLE – “Love Letters,” a comedy-drama tracing the relationship of a man and woman via letters they wrote to one another from their first meeting … Read more ›