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    Lunchbreak: Cherry cheese coffee cake, prepared by Community Tavern pastry chef Elissa Narow

    Executive Pastry Chef Elissa Narow Community Tavern 4038 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago (773) 283-6080 www.communitytavern.com/ *Check out their website for details on Mother’s Day brunch offerings. Cherry Cheese Coffee Cake Cherry Filling Ingredients: 14 oz. cherries 3 oz. sugar 1/4 tsp lemon juice 1 Tbs cornstarch Directions: Mix together cherries, sugar, and lemon juice in a bowl. Let macerate until juicy. Create a slurry with the cornstarch and 1-2 Tbs of the liquid. Place the cherries in a sauce pan […]

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    Midday Fix: Kentucky Derby party entertaining tips from Carol Mackey

    Carol Mackey www.carolmackey.net Mint Bluelep Cocktail Ginger Simple Syrup Ingredients: 2 Tbs sliced fresh ginger 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup cold water 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 lime; sliced 20 to 24 fresh mint leaves 4 oz. ginger simple syrup 4 oz. vodka 5 oz. seltzer water ice cubes blueberries, for garnish mint leaves, for garnish Directions: Peel and slice the ginger and add it, together with the sugar and cold water, to a saucepan. Bring it to the […]

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    Midday Fix: Actor George Wendt talks about the Chicago Humanities Festival

    George Wendt Appearing: Saturday, April 30 – Discussion on Chicago style improv 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fine Arts Building Studebaker Theater 410 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago Chicago Humanities Festival For more information and event tickets: tickets.chicagohumanities.org/

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    Adopt A Pet: The Anti-Cruelty Society

    The Anti-Cruelty Society 510 N. LaSalle Street Chicago (312) 644-8338 anticruelty.org Event: 22nd Annual Bark in the Park Saturday, May 21 9:00 a.m. Soldier Field Chicago For registration and more information: www.barkinthepark.org

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    Lunchbreak: Sea bass ceviche prepared by Dos Urban Cantina chef Brian Enyart

    Chef Brian Enyart Dos Urban Cantina 2829 W. Armitage Avenue Chicago (773) 661-6452 www.dosurbancantina.com/ Sea Bass Ceviche, Avocado, Serrano, Plantain Chips Ingredients: 8 oz firm white fish filleted, skin removed. We prefer Sea Bass but amberjack, arctic char, or mahi are all great 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice 1/4 each white onion, peeled and small chopped 1/4 each Serrano chile, stemmed, seeded and minced. 1 each seedless cucumber, peeled and medium chopped 2 each medium tomatoes, medium chopped, we […]

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    Chicago Scene: Spring One of A Kind Spring Show and Sale preview

    One of A Kind Spring Show April 29-May 1 The Mart 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, 7th Floor Chicago For tickets and more information: oneofakindshowchicago.com/ The artists mentioned today: Christy Klug Sennit and Sauvage Chocolate Twist Willowmore Cold Mountain Craft Circa Ceramics Larry Simon

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    Midday Fix: The Apollo Chorus performs live

    The Apollo Chorus Event Apollo on Broadway Friday, May 6 7:30 p.m. Fourth Presbyterian Church 126 E. Chestnut Street Chicago Sunday, May 8 3:00 p.m. First United Church of Oak Park 848 Lake Street Oak Park For tickets and more information: www.apollochorus.org/

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    Midday Fix: Tula the canine photographer and Ken Kixmoeller

    Tula and Ken Kixmoeller For more Tula: www.instagram.com/caninehappyhour https://www.facebook.com/caninehappyhour/  

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    Lunchbreak: Dry fried asparagus with ground pork and oyster sauce prepared by Fat Rice chef Abe Conlon

    Abe Conlon Fat Rice 2957 W. Diversey Avenue Chicago, IL (773) 661-9170 www.eatfatrice.com Event: James Beard Eats Week April 22 – May 2 For more information: www.choosechicago.com/jbf/ Dry Fried Asparagus with Ground Pork and Oyster Sauce Serves 2 Ingredients: 1lb asparagus 1/4 lb ground pork 3 Tbs oyster sauce 2 Tbs Chicken stock 2 cloves garlic minced 1 red finger chili sliced thin 1 shallot julienned 1/4 cup cane vinegar 3 Tbs sugar peanut oil for frying Directions: Mix vinegar […]

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    Midday Fix: Ben’s Soft Pretzels

    William Salvi Ben’s Soft Pretzels 1300 Des Plaines Avenue Forest Park (708) 435-4289 www.benspretzels.com For more information about the Fallen Heroes Fund: www.fallenheroesfund.org For pretzel making instructions: benspretzels.com

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