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The Dish: Confectionery creations fuel passion for chocolatier

by T.J. Kremer III, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

LaVerne Relford-Hall is like a kid in a candy store when she goes to work. That is because she is the owner of Fabulously Sweet Creations, a specialty confectionery shop based in Mokena.

“When I do this, it’s like I’m...

The Dish: Blissful Banana ‘not just a regular coffee shop’

by Max Lapthorne, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

Blissful Banana Cafe in Orland Park is about more than breakfast food and coffee, and new owner Nick Baffes wants to make that known.

Baffes, a lifelong Orland Park resident who grew up in a “restaurant family,”...

The Dish: Indulging without cashing in on a cheat day

by Bill Jones, Managing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

Many who made New Year’s resolutions to live a healthier 2019 gave up on that goal long ago. And those still hanging onto hope as March comes to a close are probably dealing with the culinary equivalent of cabin fever.