Jean Banchet Awards (All photos by Soda Fountain Photography.)

Two of Chicago’s premier food-focused events are on the horizon, and there’s still time for you to take part — and to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. First up, on Sunday, Jan. 13, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation presents the Jean Banchet Awards celebrating the best of Chicago’s restaurants, chefs, and sommeliers. It will be

Smart Cookies: 7 Restaurants Where You Can Get Your Cookie On

Summer House Santa Monica Signature Cookies (Photo courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You.)

The holidays may come and go, but our obsession with cookies — those crunchy, crispy, chewy, and sweet wonders — will never die, because cookies tell our story. Your childhood, your Girl Scout troop, your grandmother, your culture, all on view. One woman’s lebkuchen is another’s gingerbread; my twice-baked cookie might be biscotti or Mandelbrot.