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Lindsey's Top 10 Sweets in Chicago in 2012

Chicago Lindsey Becker 1 comment

I'll repeat what I've said in the past: in terms of sweets, Chicago is a blessed city. In no particular order—because it was hard enough to pick my favorites—here are my top ten for the year. More

Behind the Sweets: Dana Cree's Take on Mont Blanc at Blackbird

Chicago Lindsey Becker 3 comments

When Dana Cree invited me into her world of desserts at Blackbird, I was obviously excited, but I had no idea the outrageous experiences in store for me. Not only was I serendipitously around for a 15th anniversary toast before the start of service, but I also got to talk to Dana during a staff meal. More

Snapshots from the Food & Wine Chef Showcase in Chicago

Chicago Dennis Lee 3 comments

This past Monday, I had the unique opportunity to visit the Food & Wine Chef Showcase, hosted at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Featuring over twenty Chicago area restaurants and chefs, it was a truly impressive exhibition of food and wine. More

Bartender's Choice: What to Order at Blackbird, San Francisco

Drinks Lauren Sloss Post a comment

The team is serious in their drink creation, but playful in their attitude towards their cocktail creations. Drink names like Deez Nuts and Berries show a sense of humor, a wink to the Castro neighborhood, and, Vergara hopes, "remove the pretension" that can be implicit at some serious cocktail bars. More

8 Rhubarb Dishes We Love in Chicago

Chicago Lindsey Becker Post a comment

Yes, some people may think of rhubarb as more of an ingredient to cover up or ignore rather than feature, but I found eight restaurants in Chicago not only brave enough to spotlight this spring and summertime vegetable, but places that do it so well that I am now craving rhubarb. More

Daily Slice: Vegan Pizza from Blackbird, Philadelphia

Slice Hawk Krall 3 comments

Blackbird's location right off of South Street is actually the former home of Gianni's Grill (now closed)—for a long time one of the few places in town to get a vegetarian cheesesteak. Blackbird opened 2 years ago, an all vegan Philly-style pizzeria and sandwich shop. More

The Top 10 Chicago A Sandwich a Day Posts in 2011

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Here are the ten most popular A Sandwich a Day posts from out short stint here in 2011. Turns out I completely underestimated Chicago's sandwich scene, as there are great sandwiches in just about every neighborhood. The diversity was also striking. Sandwiches were overloaded and excessive, or sleek and minimal. More

A Sandwich a Day: Pork Belly Sandwich at Blackbird

Chicago Daniel Zemans Post a comment

What happens when one of the best restaurants in Chicago plays with sandwiches? If it's at Blackbird and the sandwich in question is the organic pork belly, then your mind is going to be blown. More

Chicago: Blackbird's Burger Will Make You Sing

A Hamburger Today Daniel Zemans 8 comments

Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise, but Blackbird, one of the best restaurants in Chicago, makes one of the city's finest burgers. More

Recap: City Flavors Couple-It Feast at Blackbird in Chicago

Ed Levine 5 comments

We came, we ate, we drank tea, it was all good. Thanks to the good folks from Serious Eats partner Gold Peak Iced Tea, 175 Chicago-area serious eaters gathered last night at Blackbird, one of my favorite Chicago restaurants, for a seriously delicious repast prepared by Mike Sheerin, the restaurant's chef de cuisine. Sheerin, aided and abetted by Blackbird's chef-owner partner Paul Kahan, served up five incredible nibbles, each paired with a different Gold Peak Iced Tea flavor. Everyone had a blast. Robyn Lee and I really enjoyed meeting some of the thousands of Chicagoans that comprise the Windy City's Serious Eats community. We got lots of great Chi-town food intel, which I cannot wait to make use of during... More

City Flavors Couple-It Feast: Vote for Your Favorite Pairing

The Serious Eats Team Post a comment

What was your favorite Blackbird Gold PeakĀ® Iced Tea Pairing?(answers)... More

Join Us in Chicago For A Gold Peak® Iced Tea City Flavors Couple-it Feast

Ed Levine 3 comments

City Flavors Couple-it Feast at Blackbird When: Sunday August 30, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Where: Blackbird, 619 W Randolph Street, Chicago IL 60611 (map) How Much: Free! Listen up, serious eaters, especially those who live in or near Chicago. Thanks to our partner Gold Peak Tea, Serious Eats is hosting a great party on Sunday August 30 at Blackbird, which is truly one of the Windy City's best restaurants. Blackbird chef and co-owner Paul Kahan, working with his chef de cuisine, has put together a seriously delicious menu of five dishes that they have expertly paired with each of the Gold Peak five flavors. The party starts at 6 p.m. and here's the crazy thing: if you're a member... More

In Videos: The Whole Hog Project

Erin Zimmer 4 comments

A year and a half ago, Mike Sula of the Chicago Reader embarked on a project. The Whole Hog Project would follow three mulefoot pigs (Edna, Erma, and Endive) from birth (on a Wisconsin farm) to death (at a slaughterhouse) to an afterlife (at Chicago's Blackbird restaurant). The hairy oinkers, known for having uncloven hooves like mules, would be spotlighted in a fancy six-course dinner. "I've never seen my food walking around before," his friend and and videographer throughout the project, Mike Gebert of Sky Full of Bacon, admitted. Why were they putting themselves through this? Mulefoot pigs are an endangered American breed that, two years ago, only had 200 to their name. While eating an endangered animal seems... More

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