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June 21, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
Get ready for Gluttony Tour 2012. Two of the top 10 competitive eaters in the country--Tim "Gravy" Brown and Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti--hail from Chicago and will stuff their faces in a matter of minutes at four spots in the city. It's all to drum up support, rally fans and help prepare for the Nathan's FamousJuly 4th Hot Dog Eating Championships, which will be aired on ESPN and feature $40,000 in cash prizes. Last year, Bertoletti was the runner-up, consuming 53 hot dogs and buns.
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NEWS
May 22, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, RedEye
EAT DOLLARS TO DOUGHNUTS Glazed and Infused, 813 W. Fulton Market 312-226-5556 Start your day with Glazed and Infused doughnuts at two locations. Choose from 13 varieties including red velvet cake and maple-bacon long johns at the store's sit-down spot on Fulton Market (6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or a walk-up window at Francesca's Forno (1533 N. Damen Ave., 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.). $1.75-$3.25.   DAILY BREAD Bread and Wine, 3732 W. Irving Park Road, 773-866-5266 The patio opens for food only - the outdoor liquor license arrives in June - and to celebrate, chef Curtis Gamble adds new menu options including carrot fettuccine with confit rabbit ($17)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2012 | By Erin Gibbons and For RedEye
It may feel like summer came early this year, but the season doesn't truly kick off until May 5 when the Green City Market moves from its indoor location at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to the south end of Lincoln Park, where it will hold court 7 a.m.-1 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday through October. This year, opening day will be celebrated with live music, tours and a demo by "Top Chef: Texas" runner-up Sarah Grueneberg ofSpiaggia. While the market is a cook's candy store thanks to its array of local produce, meats, cheeses and baked goods, there are also plenty of ready-made snacks for immediate gratification.
NEWS
May 1, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Let's get digital. Mayor Emanuel tonight will host his third Facebook town hall meeting to discuss topics such as food trucks and education reform. The hour-long event is set to begin at 6 p.m., livestreaming at facebook.com/chicagomayorsoffice and livestream.com/chicagomayorsoffice . Seven hundred people submitted more than 300 questions at askchicago.org for the session, said Kevin Hauswirth, Emanuel's director of social media. Participants voted on which questions the mayor should address.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett and Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
2008 was the year of bacon. In 2010, we went gaga for Stephanie Izard's Girl & the Goat . Though 2011 may go down in history as the year you spent an obscene amount of time trying to get tickets to Next while you were supposed to be working, Grant Achatz's restaurant isn't all that made it a notable year in dining and nightlife. Twenty years from now when we reminisce over a futuristic cocktail encased in a sphere of ice (Just kidding, you can order that at The Aviary now)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2011 | By Renee Mailhiot and For RedEye
Food trucks have been popping up all over the city as part of the latest culinary craze, but they still face the challenge of on-board cooking being illegal according to local laws. While fans continue to lobby the city for change, some truck owners have been able to give their business some staying power by turning their mobile brand into permanent storefronts. Homage Street Food Opening a restaurant inspired by global street food has always been the plan for husband-and-wife duo Mike and Elaine Maloney.
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