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Scenes from the Green City Market's Chefs' BBQ Benefit

Last night, some of the best chefs in Chicago set up shop in Lincoln Park for the Green City Market's Chefs' BBQ Benefit, which helps raise money for educational initiatives at the market. The original plan was to try and eat every single dish, but considering there were over 80 restaurants at the event, I had to make do with sampling as much as I could. I did pretty well. More

Chicago: Balena Takes Neo-Neapolitan Pizza to the Masses

Balena might be the only restaurant on earth with (a) a fully functional wood-fired oven and (b) pizza on its menu, but refuses to cook (b) in (a). But this does help explain what kind of pizza Balena serves. The crust has all the qualities of Neo-Neapolitan: a very high cornicione, impressive structure development, and a texture that balances between a crisp exterior and chewy insides. Basically, this is good bread. More

8 Rabbit Dishes We Love in Chicago

Bring on the bunnies. For too long rabbit has merely been an exotic offering, something written out on menus for a bit of shock value. But there is a long and delicious history of eating rabbit in most of the world's best cuisines. They must be on to something. Here are just a few of our favorite rabbit dishes from around town. More

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