Dining

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 ...


Mystery Diner: River House brings barbecue to downtown St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – After one bite of the Brunswick Stew, I knew I would be coming back to The River House Barbecue in downtown St. Charles. A traditional dish hailing from the American South, the rich and thick stew consisted of chicken, brisket and corn, and ever-so-slightly tickled the tongue with a kick of spice. A perfect start to a meal featuring slow- and low-cooked barbecue and southern favorites such as collard greens, beef brisket and sweet potato mash.


Taste of the Town: Rivers Edge Bar and Grill opens in Batavia

BATAVIA – There is a new venue in downtown Batavia for people to watch football games or just hang out with friends.


Mystery Diner: Salsa Verde serves authentic, delicious dishes

ST. CHARLES – Kane County has no shortage of Mexican restaurants, but you should make room for one of the latest offerings on St. Charles’ west side.


Uncorked: Tablas winemaker expertly managing 3-year drought

A distraction forced Jason Haas to pause midstride.


A culinary mission: Gaetano’s Batavia restaurant features Italian fusion recipes

BATAVIA – Above the doorway to Gaetano’s Batavia is scrolled the phrase “with respect to tradition.”


Mystery Diner: Nobel House a prize eatery in Geneva

GENEVA – When I first noticed Nobel House’s striking, bright-blue awning distinctively standing out along busy State Street in downtown Geneva, I was immediately intrigued.


Scouts to host pancake breakfast in Elburn on Aug. 16

ELBURN – Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7 has planned an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Elburn American Legion Hall, 112 N. Main St., Elburn.


Uncorked: Soil and elevation help Daou winemaker

An intense afternoon sun draped the resplendent Daou Vineyards and Winery in shadows as a cool breeze refreshed patrons passing through the elegant courtyard and tasting room. 


Taste of the Town: Red hot celebration

BATAVIA – Bulldog’s Red Hots owner Allen Soboj knows there are plenty of places in the area for people to grab a cold sandwich, burger or slice of pizza.


Mystery Diner: Wildwood’s Oyster Bar delivers fresh flavors from the sea

GENEVA – Living in the Midwest may not always provide ample opportunities to enjoy the fresh, “off the boat” catches you would expect to find in states bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean or Gulf of Mexico. But getting fresh seafood in the Chicago suburbs is not an impossible feat.


H.E.L.P to host annual Bark-B-Que

Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets will host its annual Bark-B-Que ...


Preservation Bread & Wine making effort to help bees

People need to stop and understand the chain of events ...


Lupita’s Cocina to host inaugural Tequila Taste

CAMPTON HILLS – Those who attend Lupita’s Cocina’s Tequila Taste on Wednesday, July 30, will get a taste of what the Campton Hills restaurant has to offer.


Uncorked: Winemaker builds white wine brand in red territory

Anthony Yount has always pushed winemaking boundaries.


O’ Sole Mio opens doors to newest location in St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and City of St. Charles officials join O' Sole Mio owners Tory and Andrea Chiappelli to cut the ribbon to their newest location at 131 S. First St. in St. Charles. O' Sole Mio also has a location at 27 N. River St. in Batavia.


Mystery Diner: Liu Brothers brings B.Y.O.B. Chinese bistro to St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – Chinese restaurants and take-out joints are a staple in the American dining scene, and – often – with popularity comes ubiquity. With so many options, it’s difficult to hone in on the places that are doing it better than everyone else.


A winemaker’s odyssey takes him around the world

Orion Stang did everything possible to become a winemaker. 


Orchard Ale Fest event set at Kuipers

Kuipers Family Farm has planned the Orchard Ale Fest event from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26...


St. Charles McDonald's on west side reopens

It didn't take long for the reopened McDonald's on the west side of St. Charles to draw in customers.


Mystery Diner: Patten House injects southern charm into Geneva dining scene

Built in 1857, The Patten House underwent a well-deserved renovation ...


Boxcar Train eatery closed, space available for rent

The Boxcar Train Restaurant, 500 S. Third St., Geneva, was barely open for seven months before it closed in February..


Transcendence about great wine and causes

Joey Gummere manages every detail possible at Transcendence in order to make great wines. 

White Stag Tavern in St. Charles has closed

The White Stag Tavern closed its doors in early May, said the property owner where the business was located. ...


Rox City Grill adds contemporary flair to historic Hotel Baker

If there is any one menu item that draws a diner in and keeps him or her coming back, it’s Rox City Grill’s Beef ...


Orlando’s Pizza closes after 40 years

For 40 years, Orlando's Pizza, 821 E. State St., was the go-to eatery on Geneva's east side, a little place with big taste..


Taste of the Town: Home at The Range

Even though Open Range in Batavia now has a new name, its new management said that regular customers should still expect great food and service.


Orders for Geneva's Lobster Fly-In event due June 9

TriCity Family Services will host its Father's Day weekend tradition, the Great Lobster Fly-In fundraising event...


The Herrington names Atwater's new executive chef

GENEVA – Atwater's at The Herrington Inn and Spa in Geneva has named a new executive chef. ...


Mystery Diner: Bien Trucha’s reputation reaches beyond county border

Soldiering past other Mexican eateries as one of the finest – according to some critics – not only in the Kane County area...



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