Mystery Diner: Josef’s meats and deli offers Geneva touch of Italy

GENEVA – Josef’s Elegante Meats and Deli is a family affair. Married couple Pat and Nanette Falcone own the business, which operates as a butcher shop, gourmet deli and caterer. The couple employs multiple family members and even named the shop after each of their fathers, who also worked as butchers.

Taste of the Town: Tasting room an escape into world of wine

GENEVA – Geneva Wine Cellars and Tasting Room owner Al Buchanan is particular about what kind of wine he will sell.

Sale lets winemaker get back to the cellar

Flooded with incoming emails, Adam Lee sat down to offer personal responses. 

New Batavia gastropub spotlights wings

Crosstown Pub and Grill’s fiery chicken wings have earned such a reputation that they have been featured on the Travel Channel.

Irish pub to celebrate final St. Patrick's Day as McNally's

This St. Patrick's Day will be the last for McNally's Traditional Irish Pub in downtown St. Charles.

Cougars reveal name of specialty brew

The Kane County Cougars, with the help of their fans ...

Mystery Diner: FoxFire in Geneva specializes in seafood, steaks, chops

GENEVA – FoxFire in Geneva has been around since 2003, specializing in steaks, seafood and chops.

Fifth annual St. Charles Restaurant Week runs through Friday

A total of 32 businesses will participate in the 2015 St. Charles Restaurant Week ...

Taste of the Town: Early Light Cafe now open year-round

GENEVA – Those who love Dawn Phillips’ homemade chicken pot pie or homemade soup now can enjoy the items year-round.

Winemaker shows off the fruit of Argentina

There was a time when the wine industry in Argentina simply followed the crowd. 

Cougars offer Valentine's Day dinner packages

The Kane County Cougars will offer a limited amount of Valentine’s Day dinner packages ...

Burger bender: Local restaurants deliver unique riffs on an all-American classic

With so many unique riffs on the burger gracing restaurant ...

Honey-Jam Cafe in Batavia reopens

BATAVIA – The new owners of Honey-Jam Cafe at 521 N. Randall Road in Batavia want their customers to start the day with a smile.

Fox River Distillery to host open house, Moonshine Launch Party this month

This month, the Fox River Distilling Company in Geneva will host two events that are open to the public.

Tom’s Cookbook Library: How French home cooking has evolved

After 13 years as pastry chef at the renowned Chez Panisse in California, David Lebovitz followed his heart and took up residence in France where he has since spent a decade rediscovering the dining scene in that country and how it has evolved.

Uncorked: Washington wine’s minerality runs deep

It was a wine discussion that pleasantly evolved into a geology lecture. 

Geneva Restaurant Week offers 21 eateries' culinary delights

A time to eat with wild abandon has arrived in Geneva ...

Food Network show to feature All Chocolate Kitchen's 'god of love' sculpture

GENEVA – In honor of Valentine’s Day, Chef Alain Roby of the All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva will add a new candy sculpture to his repertoire.

Taste of the Town: The Bend General Store strives to tempt taste buds

ST. CHARLES – The smell of fresh pastrami and cheeses hits one’s nostrils upon entering The Bend General Store.

Mystery Diner: The Corner Grind a wonderful addition to downtown Elburn

ELBURN – The coffee shop is a vital component to Main Street America. During our often busy, fast-paced lives, it serves as a place for neighbors and friends to come together and take a moment to smell the roast.

Penrose Brewery to release second set of barrel-aged Wild ales Saturday

Geneva-based Penrose Brewing Co. will release its second set of barrel-aged Wild ales Saturday, Jan. 24...

Aliano’s Express opens its doors

BATAVIA – Those who love the food at Aliano’s Ristorante can get it to go as of Friday, Jan. 16.

Uncorked: Winemaker builds layers of flavor in sauvignon blanc

When reached by phone just five days before Christmas, Hugh Chapelle wasn’t working on his holiday shopping. 

Winter farmers market opens indoors at Gaetano's Batavia

BATAVIA – Interest in Batavia's first winter farmers market was so strong that customers showed up about 30 minutes before the market's 9 a.m. opening on Saturday, its organizers said.

Mystery Diner: Gaetano’s adventurous Italian a fine-dining affair

Gaetano’s, a fine-dining restaurant nestled on the corner of Wilson and River streets ...

FreshGround Roasting aims to educate customers

GENEVA – FreshGround Roasting won’t sell you a cup of coffee. But the business will teach you how to brew one.

Tom’s Cookbook Library: Make-ahead fare from a pro

Home cooks owe Ina Garten a big thank-you for her latest cookbook, “Make It Ahead” (Clarkson Potter) by Ina Garten. It’s chock-full of inspired, anxiety-reducing ideas to make entertaining less a burden whether one is mapping meals for the coming week or with a special dinner party in mind.

Uncorked: An Italian wine that’s worth the six-year wait

Sagrantino and the region of Umbria, Italy, are excellent companions. 

Taste of the Town: Top Table aims to provide excellent food, service

In choosing a name for their first restaurant, Hampshire couple Nathan and Amanda Drafall ...

Penrose Brewery draws crowds with first barrel-aged bottle release

GENEVA – Not everyone was running around Saturday trying to get their Christmas shopping done.

Tom’s Cookbook Library: Café Kitchen reveals a chef’s secrets

Eating at your own kitchen table can be just as good, if not better, than eating out, writes Shelagh Ryan in the introduction to her first cookbook, “Café Kitchen” (Ryland Peters & Small). And she goes on to tell how the book paves the way for home cooks with its carefully-thought-out, step-by-step recipes.

Uncorked: Minerality defined at La Jota in Napa Valley

Minerality in a wine is like licking a wet rock in a creek on a hot summer day.

Taste of the Town: BYOB in the Tri-Cities

BYOB is a dining concept often associated with Chicago. ...

Mystery Diner: Meatballs, gnocchi must-haves at rustic Riganato Old World Grille

GENEVA – “Oh my God!” was all I could say after my first bite.