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Summer in the Square Has Arrived: Thursday Night Concerts and Farmers Market Debut Tonight

By Patty Wetli

Yep, it’s official, it’s summer in Lincoln Square. Our first clue: The popular Thursday night free concert series kicks off in Giddings Plaza, June 14, with Sons of the Never Wrong taking the stage. Weather permitting, concerts are scheduled every Thursday, 6:30 – 9 p.m., through September 6, with musical styles ranging from classic rock Read the Rest…

Cookie Monsters, This Week’s for You

By Patty Wetli

Having created National Cookie Week in 2011 as a way for bakeries to communally promote their goods, Michael Munoz, who blogs under the handle of The Gay Gourmet!, realized, “I can’t call this National Cookie Week if I don’t make it national.” So for the 2012 edition, he branched out from his native New York Read the Rest…

Turkey Day Countdown: Where to Get Your Food and Drinks

By Patty Wetli

There are about as many ways to celebrate Thanksgiving as there are stuffing recipes. (Or would that be dressing recipes? See what I mean.) The single requirement: You simply positively must make a pig of yourself. Allow us to help. Whether you’re planning to dine out, prepare the feast yourself or have it catered, we’ve Read the Rest…

Turkey Day Countdown: Where to Get Your Food and Drinks

By Patty Wetli

There are about as many ways to celebrate Thanksgiving as there are stuffing recipes. (Or would that be dressing recipes? See what I mean.) The single requirement: You simply positively must make a pig of yourself. Allow us to help. Whether you’re planning to dine out, prepare the feast yourself or have it catered, we’ve Read the Rest…

The CakeSpy Brings Her Tour de Sweet to Angel Food Bakery

By Patty Wetli

I’m pretty sure Jessie Oleson, aka the CakeSpy, is my soulmate. As a child, she snacked on butter dipped in sugar, I spooned Crisco out of the can; we separately came to the conclusion that the only way to improve upon the doughnut is to double fry it; and we share the opinion that crumb Read the Rest…

National Vanilla Cupcake Day: Where To Get Your Fix

By Patty Wetli

As if there weren’t enough reasons to pig out in November (it is, after all, National Fun With Fondue Month), it turns out November 10 is National Vanilla Cupcake Day. But wait, we thought every day was cupcake day. For those who strictly observe any and all food holidays, we’ve put together a neighborhood cupcake Read the Rest…

It’s Food Day: Watch What You Eat

By Patty Wetli

Next Monday, the nation celebrates candy, er, Halloween. (Anyone handing out Heath Bars? Drop me a line.) But today, October 24, has been set aside as the first annual Food Day. I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t every day Food Day? Technically, yes. But the point being made by organizers is that Americans need to Read the Rest…

Holiday Fare for Rosh Hashanah

By Patty Wetli

From a strictly foodie standpoint, it’s hard not to envy Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, for its challah and rugelach, particularly compared with the Doritos marathon that tends to mark the first of January. For those celebrating the holiday, which begins this year at sunset on Sept. 28, both City Provisions and Angel Food Read the Rest…

Angel Food Celebrates Anniversary With Contests for Kids, Adults

By Patty Wetli

“I’m surprised I’m still here,” says Stephanie Samuels, owner of Angel Food Bakery, 1636 W. Montrose Ave. Not only is Angel Food still standing, but Samuels is celebrating the shop’s seventh anniversary with a pair of contests aimed at rewarding her loyal customers, both adults and children. For the grown-ups, Samuels is posting trivia questions Read the Rest…

Angel Food Bakery Puts Devilishly Delicious Spin on Classic Treats

By Patty Wetli

Before the cupcake, there was the CupCake, along with Ho-Hos, King Dons (aka, Ding Dongs, it’s a long story), Twinkies and other lesser members of the Hostess and Little Debbie families. Stephanie Samuels grew up with these popular packaged snack cakes so when she opened her own bakery, Angel Food, 1636 W. Montrose Ave., she Read the Rest…

The Café Workstyle: Eleven Center Square Spots To Eat And Work

By Anna Roberts

As more people chose to work from home and more employers choose to have workers telecommute, Lincoln Square and Northcenter coffee shops have become the home-away-from-home-office, the water cooler and the modern day Roman forum all rolled into one. More than just providing the first cup of the day, out-of-office workers and networkers are using local Read the Rest…

Second Paulina Street Rooster Apprehended

By Mike Fourcher

This morning the residents of Paulina Street were allowed to sleep in. For the first time in six days, they weren’t woken up at dawn by a crowing rooster. “Hopefully this is the end of the Paulina rooster saga,” said neighbor Michael Ferguson. After days of pleading Animal Control to capture the second rooster, Stephanie Samuels, owner Read the Rest…

Neighborhood Farmers Markets Kick Off Next Week

By Patty Wetli

After surviving the winter on New Zealand apples, it’s time to enjoy some locally-grown produce. Neighborhood farmers markets kick off in June, bringing a little piece of the country to the city. Lincoln Square Farmers Market June 7 – October 25, every Tuesday, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lincoln/Leland/Western–parking lot at Western Brown Line station Read the Rest…

Get Your Sugar Fix at Sweet Sensations

By Patty Wetli

Let this be a warning to fans of Internet shopping: Sharin Nathan went online to look for a used mixer and wound up buying an entire bakery. In 2010, the pastry chef, formerly of Charlie Trotter’s and Harvest on Huron, was ready to wield her whisk again after taking a hiatus to raise her two Read the Rest…

Lillstreet Art Center Celebrates 35 Years Tonight

By Samantha Abernethy

Looking for something to do tonight? Hit up Lillstreet Art Center‘s 35th Anniversary party at their place, 4401 N. Ravenswood, tonight 6 to 10 p.m. The event includes live music from CHIRP Radio DJs and food and drinks from First Slice, Angel Food Bakery, Drew’s Eatery, Spacca Napoli,John’s Place and Roong Petch.

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