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A Day at the Salon

The Chicagoan Magazine rises from the ashes like a phoenix, soaring with wings spread magnificently across… Ummm… Let’s just leave the heavy writing to the professionals, shall we? We were lucky enough to do a very special dinner recently with one of those aforementioned professionals, JC Gabel, Editor in Chief and Publisher of the not-for-profit … Continue reading


Some of the most fun and creative stuff we do is in collaboration with other artists, chefs, cooks, farmers and producers, talkers, shakers and movers, musicians, used car salesman or various streetwalking schizophrenics.  If you’ve got an absolutely insane idea that has no reason to exist beyond art, a good time or a spectacle, let’s … Continue reading

Recipe: Underground Dinner

Serves about 12. You will need: -One small Wrigleyville apartment -Crappy IKEA tabletops on makeshift legs with several floor cushions for seating -One tiny kitchen with an ill-placed and undersized sink. -Whatever utensils, pots and pans your single, college-aged friends can scrape together. -One portable dishwasher with a much-too-small bucket as a drain. -One outside … Continue reading

Links Hall THAW Benefit: An Evening of Hot Ballyhoo

For 4 years running, X-marx has played a small part as a supporter of a great organization for performing arts and dance in Chicago called Links Hall.  This year, we’re especially excited for the opportunity to show our support again at the upcoming Links Hall THAW benefit as the sole food sponsor! Links Hall is … Continue reading

4th Annual X-marx All-Hallows Eve Recap

Heyo, Hope everyone had a great Halloween!  We sure did… and we even remembered to take some pictures this time!  Thanks to Matthew Kutz for that. Halloween is a very special time for X and the boys.  The costumes, the creepiness, the excuse to create really naughty stuff and freak people out.  I mean… I’m … Continue reading

That Mama is All Kinds of Nuts!

Well, it’s been a really crazy and exciting couple of weeks for us here at X-marx headquarters in our super secret culinary control room.  We’ve got all kinds of tricks and treats planned, and even some stuff that we’re not actually allowed to talk about yet (Yup!).  But it’s been an especially exciting time for … Continue reading

A Dream Team for the Thanking

Even though that time of year is creeping up on us, we know that it doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to give thanks.  There are so many great people around us, helping us out with their sweat or special skills, it would be insane to try and name them all.  But here’s just a quick … Continue reading

Vanillarama Mama!

What are you looking at?  Doesn’t everyone buy 16 liters of aged Bourbon at a time? Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands.  When we couldn’t find a vanilla extract that suited our needs, it was time to get guerrilla on it.  Knowing that Roderick Markus from Rare Tea Cellar had just … Continue reading

Yes, we CAN!

The great thing about having access to an amazing rooftop garden like Alison’s is all the fresh, organic produce we get to eat, cook and enjoy.  The difficult thing is figuring out what to do with it all.  Or, maybe that’s one of the great things too. Canning, when done with care and creativity, is … Continue reading

Uno… Dose Tres!

The only more obvious thing than the fact that Uno’s Pizzeria missed out on an awesome marketing opportunity (See: title of this post), is that Dose Tres is going to be another gluttonous coupling of all things food and fashion.  Each month, the Dose Divas manage to spice things up to new levels with a … Continue reading