In Our Winter 2017 Issue

Last Updated January 15, 2017
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a few words from edible CHICAGO

With the events of the last few months unfolding in ways many of us never imagined, it might seem tempting to burrow into the comforts of home and retreat from experiences outside our familiar routines. But now more than ever, we need to explore, whether in our own city or region or to other parts of this great continent. We all need to strengthen our connection to community, to listen to other people’s stories and learn from their perspectives. The more we get out of our geographical comfort zone, the greater our possibilities for discovery.

In this spirit of exploration, we arrived at the concept of a special Travel edition of Edible Chicago. Since we know many of our readers hit the road, hop a train or jump on a plane at least once a year, we wanted to introduce you to some of our other favorite Edible destinations, brought to you by the award-winning writers and publishers within Edible Communities, a network of 100 locally owned titles in cities spanning the vast and rich cultures within North America, from Santa Fe to New Orleans to Aspen and–closer to home–to Door County in Wisconsin and Grande Traverse, Michigan. All of our comrades have mined the stories of their region for the best food, drink and culinary travel experiences.

From a quaint bar hotel in New Orleans to the ski slopes and summer mountain adventures in Aspen, we have some gems to put on your “we have to try this when we get to …” list. Also, be sure to check out your chosen destination at for other ideas on how to explore like a local. And, as always, when planning a “Staycation” in Chicago, use us as your hometown resource:

Turning to what to put on your table this season–just when you thought you might have to settle for wimpy greens trucked in from miles away this winter–learn about a company that provides fresh Chicago-grown lettuce and herbs. Small carbon footprint, big taste.

To embrace the drudgeries of this cold and snowy winter we also help you plan a warm potluck supper where you can talk about your next great Edible destination with friends and family. Pack your copy of Edible Chicago and send us a photo of you holding our magazine in your vacation location:

Read on…

Chicago Celebrity Chef Curtis Duffy

Curtis Duffy
Chef and Owner Curtis Duffy of Chicago’s acclaimed Michelin three-star restaurant Grace was recently inducted into Escoffier Culinary Hall of Fame.

Brighten Up the Season with Gotham Greens

co-founder and CEO Viraj Puri
Gotham Greens, a rooftop growing facility in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood, produces greens using hydroponics–a method of growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water...

It’s Potluck Season: Easy, Cozy Dinners

pouring wine in glass
The casual potluck is a great American institution, and the answer to most of our hosting (or guesting) anxieties. The ease and inclusiveness become even more gratifying during and after the holidays...

Travel the World With Chicago Cuisine

chicago cityscape
There's Middle Eastern fare, Polish, Little Italy–a world of choices in Chicago. We created a list of some must-go places so that you can "travel around the world" in our city for a weekend.

Making Creativity Center of the Plate At Alliance Restaurant

Alliance is being talked about, and for good reason. This vegetable-forward restaurant, headed up by Pete Peterson and James Bloomfield, melds light and rich and green beans satisfy like beef stew.

Farmer-Chef Collaboration Creates Appetizing Artistry

dish inspired by Colin Shane
Chef Colin Shane of Arryo Vino is interviewed with his partner, Lauren Kendall, a farmer, about their working relationship, food ideologies and the meaning of New Mexican cuisine.

Door County’s Grasse’s Grill: Built on Family

Jimmy's Grandma Grace tending to the family garden
Jimmy Grasse cultivated an appreciation for family traditions and made-from-scratch recipes that delight his customers and influences the Grasse's Grille menu.

A Little Bit of NOLA in Snowmass Village with Eight K at the Viceroy

dining outside at the Viceroy
Thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of Executive Chef Will Nolan and his staff, Eight K at the Viceroy Snowmass is a destination restaurant lauded for the New Orleans-born chef’s flavorful...

Turmeric Turns Gray Days Golden

golden milk
Spice Up the Winter Season   Golden milk (similar in flavor to chai) is a combination of the spice turmeric, coconut oil and milk, a warm drink with the added value of health benefits....

Drinking at the Catahoula Hotel

Catahoula Hotel
At Catahoula Hotel, they take their bars seriously. The boutique hotel features two bars with different vibes and styles of drinks, some featuring ingredients such as pisco.

Think Spring: Designing Your Edible Garden

edible landscape
As the deep freeze of winter holds Chicago firmly in its grip, it’s the perfect time to look ahead and focus on the creative design of your spring edible landscape.

I Love Coffee Infographic

i love coffee infographic
For all you coffee lovers out there, this infographic which covers all things coffee is for you.
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