—Did you hear that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series after a 108-year drought? The good folks at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria heard too, which means that they got to collect on a bet they made with Cleveland pizzeria Antonio’s. And similar to Malnati’s celebration after winning Eater Chicago’s deep-dish pizza poll in March 2014, owner Marc Malnati dumped a bucket of sauce on Antonio’s owner Vincent LoSchiavo — this time for the top of a ladder. Check out the video below.
—MealPass, the "Tinder for food" delivery service that launched in Chicago in September, is expanding service beginning today. Eaters in River North can now use the service at 20 restaurants, including Pizzeria Due, Bernie’s Lunch and Supper, and Havana Grill.
—Yearly downtown holiday market and tourist attraction Christkindlmarket is changing its ever-popular ceramic mugs this year that people love to fill with mulled cider, from a boot shape to a stein.
—Rosebud Restaurants won the third annual Mac n’ Cheese Fest this past weekend for its mac and cheese arancini.
—On the heels of last week’s annual big-deal announcement of Chicago’s Michelin stars, Crain’s takes a deep look at how much the stars really matter anymore. The takeaway: despite that "Michelin itself seems to be less enthusiastic about its efforts here" and that the process is a drag to many chefs, "there's no other body whose rankings mean more to the world of foodies in the 1 percent." Read the story here.
—And finally, even though grocery store prices are falling, restaurant bills continue to rise. Find out why in the Tribune.