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Tracie Bedell

Tracie Bedell started wiping dishes with her family's catering company at the tender age of 8 and has been involved with the food industry in one way or another since. After earning her degree in French and spending way too much time on technical writing and advertising, she's stoked to be back doing what she really enjoys: eating and writing about food. Ask her for her life-transforming enchilada recipe; you'll be glad you did.

The Charcuterie Chronicles: Fresh Polish Sausage

This is the first installment in an every-so-often series where I take on the challenges of charcuterie which, according to Larousse Gastronomique (1961), is “The art of preparing various meats, in particular pork, in order to present them in diverse…

Magnificent Mile Chocolate Tour

Join an expert guide for a walking tour of some of Chicago’s most decadent dessert boutiques and chocolatiers along the Magnificent Mile. You’ll enjoy tastings and specials at each location, learn more about the history of chocolate, and have the…

What the F@#%CK Is a Firkin?

Basically, it’s the textbook definition of “real ale” — cask-conditioned beer that is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and served without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. Intrigued? Join Headquarters Beercade in River North for its third annual Firkin Fest on April 3…

Lagunitas Beer Dinner

On Thursday, March 10, the Signature Lounge at the 96th (in the John Hancock) will be serving up a four-course dinner from Executive Chef Cardel Reid paired with five beer selections from Chicago’s own Lagunitas Brewing Company. Tickets are $85 (inclusive)…

Waffles and Hip Hop and Huber! Oh My!

On Saturday, March 5, the Empty Bottle and the Waffle Gang present Waffle Fest, a waffle and hip-hop showcase hosted by Awdazcate and featuring the stylings of Jeremiah Jae, 7oddz, D2G, Pinqy Ring, Slot A, Mic Terror (Treated Crew), Milly…

WhiskyFest Is Coming to Town

My drinking life has been guided by two principles, both of which have served me well. The first is “Be wary of dairy,” so I’ll pass on the White Russians and Pink Squirrels, thanks. The second is, “If it’s brown,…

Tasting Event: Gilda’s Club Uncorked

  My personal Mount Rushmore of Comedy Influences includes Gilda Radner (as well as Carol Burnett, Judy Blume, and Erma Bombeck). Much of my schtick has been influenced by Roseanne Roseannadanna and I still really want my own version of the “Judy Miller Show,”…

Recovery Soup: Eat Well, Do Good for $6

New underground food group The Dinner Table will be hosting “Recovery Soup,” starting at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 28 at The Double in Logan Square.  Dylan Heath will be serving up a hearty chicken and dumpling soup loosely based…

So Pho, So Good

When it’s freezing outside, I immediately start jonesing for pho, which I’ve been mispronouncing for years. It’s not “pho” with a long “o,” but with a short “a” like “sofa.”  The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines pho as “a soup made of…

Experience Asian Street Food Without a Plane Ticket

February here can be exceptionally brutal, so why not leave Chicago for a sultry, jungle-inspired sanctuary without splashing out for a plane ticket? Chef Won Kim, winner of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen and proprietor of Bridgeport’s soon-to-be-opened Kimski’s (think Korean/Polish…

Celebrate V-Day the 3CR Way: Our Faves

With the possible exceptions of New Year’s Eve and Mother’s Day brunch, no other holiday combines high expectations with the even higher probability of your best-laid plans going absolutely pear-shaped quite like Valentine’s Day. So whether you’re angsty for something…

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