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Two-hundred-dollar Baconfest VIP tickets go on sale Monday.

How do they make knafeh at Albany Park’s Jaafer Sweets? Serious Eats has a slideshow.

Chuck Cowdery pisses on the annual year-end mania for rare Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.

The USDA fined Bill Kurtis’s Tallgrass Beef nearly 400 large for not paying its suppliers, Crains reports.

Grubstreet interviewed Bette Dworkin on her resurrection of Skokie’s classic Kaufman’s Deli.

Here’s Grant Achatz’s sold-out talk from the Chicago Humanities Festival, after the jump: