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.

Taste of the Town: Thanksgiving feast without the fuss

On Thursday, Pheasant Run Executive Chef Tiffany Tooker will prepare her first Thanksgiving buffet...

The Harvest to offer sparkling wine pairing dinner in December

Every Thursday evening through Dec. 18, Pheasant Run Resort's The Harvest ...

O'Sole Mio closing in both Batavia, St. Charles

Today is the last day for O'Sole Mio at 27 N. River St. in downtown Batavia.

Gabby's Kitchen closes in St. Charles

After more than four years of serving homestyle cooking on the city's west side, Gabby's Kitchen has closed. ...

Riverside Pizza and Pub is the real ‘Pi’ perfection

ST. CHARLES – Some may argue that the mark of a great pizza lies in its cheese....

Uncorked: Santa Rita Hills showcased in wine portfolio

A sense of place is of paramount importance at Brewer-Clifton. 

Area candy makers gearing up for the holiday season

Acclaimed chef Alain Roby, owner of the All Chocolate Kitchen at 33 S. Third St. in downtown Geneva, wants to make sure his chocolate is as tasty as it can be.

Two Brothers Roundhouse to receive 'Delicious Destination' award

Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora is among a select group...

New cupcake shop showcases sweet treats

ST. CHARLES – Those with a sweet tooth will find a variety of tempting treats at Smallcakes: A Cupcakery of St. Charles, which recently opened at 117 W. Main St., Suite 120, in downtown St. Charles.

Uncorked: Every detail mapped out at Law Estate Wines

The long-awaited vision of Scott Hawley has been impressively unfurled at Law Estate Wines. ...

All Chocolate Kitchen to host Gingerbread House Competition

All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva, in partnership with the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, will host its first Gingerbread...

Eatery celebrates National Chocolate Day with truffle challenge

To celebrate National Chocolate Day on Tuesday, Oct. 28, All Chocolate Kitchen...

Heritage Prairie Farm to host annual Artisan Craft and Food Fair

The sixth annual Artisan Craft and Food Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, and Sunday, Nov. 16...

Corner Grind opens in downtown Elburn

With the day's specials written out with colorful chalk...

Uncorked: Turn of events leads to special vintage of wine

Eleonora Marconi was raised by the sea in the Marche region of Italy. 

Mystery Diner: Feel like family at St. Charles’ Sushi Yama

ST. CHARLES – Armed with chopsticks in one hand and a Chinese soup spoon in the other, I used both to ladel steamy broth, slurp noodles and shovel shrimp and vegetables into my mouth. A beautiful swirling of fresh, mildly spicy (using the restaurant’s special spice blend) and earthy flavors came together to make Sushi Yama’s Nabe Yaki Udon soup with seafood, spinach, mushrooms and an egg, the perfect start to an affordable Japanese-style lunch.

Chef creates fall menu for Oktoberfest

ST. CHARLES – The executive chef at Harvest restaurant at Pheasant Run Resort and Spa has created a special fall menu in celebration of Oktoberfest.

Taste of the Town: Riverside Pizza & Pub making name for itself

ST. CHARLES – Riverside Pizza & Pub owner/president Steve Nilles never knows who is going to walk into his restaurant next.

Uncorked: Difference in soil, elevation produces two distinct wines

Pierre Seillan wanted to highlight the unique soils of Mount St. Helena in Knights Valley. 

ECC to present blues and brats during Bratoberfest

The Elgin Community College Arts Center will celebrate Bratoberfest...

Fay’s BBQ to benefit Marmion-Rosary band

AURORA – The Marmion-Rosary Music Boosters are hosting its annual Fay’s BBQ fundraiser from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Marmion Academy, 1000 Butterfield Road, Aurora.

Fridays closes in St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – Another business has shut its doors on the city's east side in the same month that a project's groundbreaking ceremony brought promise of new vitality.

Mystery Diner: Geneva Diner a gem for breakfast

GENEVA – One of life’s simple pleasures comes in the form of the American diner. Being able to relish in the round-the-clock service of pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, toast and bottomless coffee while reading a newspaper or chatting with a friend is one of those moments worth savoring. Geneva Diner is the perfect place for just that.

Uncorked: Italian sparkling wine you can drink with a meal

What started off as a friendly bet, turned into an endeavor into world-class winemaking. 

Geneva’s Wildwood receives fourth Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

GENEVA – With more than 300 wines from around the world in stock, Wildwood restaurant owner and wine director Patrick Neary takes pride in the restaurant having an expansive wine list.

Al Capone’s Hideaway to be bought, renovated, reopened

Closed since February 2012, the former Al Capone’s Hideaway and Steakhouse property ...