Bapi chef opens Big Chef Burgers
Chef Cristiano Bassini, owner of the popular Bapi Ristorante in Arlington Heights, recently opened Big Chef Burger in Schaumburg. The casual, full-service restaurant serves gourmet burgers -- like a half-pound, hormone-free Angus beef patty topped with grilled shrimp, cream cheese, lettuce, tomato and tarragon mayo for $12 -- as well as brick-oven pizzas and milkshakes.
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Big Chef Burgers is located at 1602 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg. (847) 221-8539 or bigchefburgers.com.
Farmers market feast at Found Kitchen
Fresh produce from downstate Spence Farm will take the spotlight at a family-style feast starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Found Kitchen and Social House. Diners will learn more about the farm to plate connections while they nosh on the likes of heirloom squash soup and tart apples; living water lettuces with pickled sweet potato and sunchoke chips; braised rabbit blue Hopi cakes and corn velouté; roast pork with fire-roasted Iroquois corn, purple kale and fresh sausage; and poached Winesaps with toffee cake and crabapple sorbetto. Dinner costs $80 per person (tax and tip not included); a portion of the proceeds benefit the Spence Farm Foundation.
Found Kitchen and Social House is at 631 Chicago Ave., Evanston. (847) 868-8945 or foundkitchen.com.
Tuscany's soup month
Celebrate national soup month by dipping a spoon into a steamy bowl of chef Fernando Garcia's red potato parmigiano soup topped with herbed garlic croutons. The soup costs $6 a bowl and will be available through the end of the month.
Tuscany Restaurant is at 1415 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. (630) 990-1993 or tuscanychicago.com.
-- Sara Hooker