This article comes to us courtesy of Tasting Table Chicago.
Each month, HuffPost Chicago joins our friends at Tasting Table to highlight our five favorite finds from Chicago’s sprawling culinary scene. After eating around the city, and traveling farther afield, here’s what caught Tasting Table Chicago editor Heather Sperling’s eye in May.
Perman Wine School
Sip and Learn <br>There's something for every level of wine drinker, from novice to pro, in <a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/8394/ Schools_in_session_at_Perman_Wines.htm?ref=huffPo " target="_hplink">the new roster of classes from wine experts Craig Perman and Bill St. John</a>. Get schooled on white Burgundy, American craft beer, Italian reds and more--and your next picnic or BYOB trip will taste better than ever. <br>Photo by Huge Galdones.
Salads and Swizzles <br>There's more to this corner bar than dark wood and smart cocktails. <a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/8750/ Why_Scofflaw_has_staying_power.htm?ref=huffPo " target="_hplink">Make a night of it by pairing your drinks with a parade of big-flavored small plates</a>, like mizuna salad with avocado and ramp vinaigrette, a Gruyère grilled cheese packed with braised beef and caramelized onions, and a cold spring-vegetable terrine. <br>Photo by Ben Poster.
Your Next Day Trip <br>We love a good weekend eataway--and with a slew of new restaurants and bars,<a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/8643/ A_day_trip_to_Milwaukees_new_spots.htm?ref=huffPo" target="_hplink"> Milwaukee is prime for a day (or more) of food-focused exploration</a>. On a recent trip, we visited four newcomers and said hello to a few old favorites too, picking up some excellent coffee, antique kitchenware and local charcuterie along the way.
Deli Dinner <br><a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/8620/ Feasting_at_City_Provisions_new_weekend_dinner_service.htm?ref=huffPo" target="_hplink">This small deli, stocked with local meat, craft beer and more</a>, is Ravenswood's newest weekend dinner destination. Go Friday and Saturday nights for a multi-course, family-style meal crafted from whatever owner Cleetus Friedman has sourced from local farmers the day--or mere hours--before.
Wondrous Waffles <br><a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/8265/ Eggys_is_a_thoroughly_modern_diner.htm?ref=huffPo" target="_hplink">We're itching for another batch of Eggy's waffles</a>. The new diner from the team behind Custom House Tavern is a bit off the beaten Downtown track. But the golden waffles are both airy and crisp, and the aioli-slathered breakfast sandwich is supremely flavorful. Both are well worth the detour into the quiet Lakeshore East complex.