| Dec 5, 2013
My wife took a bite of the scallop-crab motoyaki, one of the specialties at Kabocha, and smiled beatifically.
"Now this is a signature dish," she said happily. "This rocks."
My wife doesn't dazzle all that easily (though she married me; make what...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 10:05 PM
Not to be limited to decorating America’s food industry greats, the James Beard Foundation has announced plans to bring back its cross-country epicurean tour to highlight both top chefs and local cuisines in 10 cities, including Chicago.
| May 28, 2013
| 9:01 AM
Limber up those keyboarding fingers and set your alarms. Beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, a limited number of discounted tickets will go on sale for Chicago Gourmet, the city’s annual food and wine festival.
This year’s festival, the sixth...
| Feb 14, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Grant Achatz moved up the aisle of the plane, his carry-on draped over his gaunt frame. It was October at Reagan National Airport, a rare moment of calm for Chicago's top chef, whose wary eyes belong to a man older than 36, and whose life has been blessed...
| Apr 30, 2011
He was the city's Foodie Mayor, a big supporter of Chicago's dining scene who put a high value on Chicago's reputation as a world-class restaurant city. And he was instrumental in creating Chicago Gourmet, a sort of foodie version of Taste of Chicago that...
| May 19, 2011
| 8:40 AM
Tickets for the 2011 Chicago Gourmet, a two-day food and wine festival taking place Sept. 24-25 in Millennium Park, just went on sale.
It's tough to think of paying now for an event that's four months away, but here's an inducement: Advance tickets are...
| Aug 30, 2011
| 10:20 AM
Chicago Gourmet is less than four weeks away, but there's still time to eat your way to a free admission ticket.
The Bon Appetit Chicago Gourmet Dine Around (a mouthful in itself, no?) is underway, and, as in previous years, it's a way to earn a...
| Sep 22, 2011
| 10:16 AM
The fourth annual Chicago Gourmet food and wine festival, running Saturday and Sunday at Millennium Park, is just a couple of days away. If you're planning to go, and really you should. here's some useful information:
Getting in: There's a second...
| Sep 24, 2011
| 8:50 AM
The heavy hitters were out at last night's Hamburger Hop, a friendly burger competition that serves as the kickoff event to this weekend's Chicago Gourmet food and wine festival.
But the little guys came out on top.
Bandera, a small restaurant on...
| Sep 14, 2011
| 7:21 AM
If you've already got your tickets to the fourth annual Chicago Gourmet, which takes place Sept. 24 and 25 in Millennium Park, here's a way to plan your assault on the two-day food and wine festival.
The Illinois Restaurant Association, which organizes...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 1:18 PM
The best parties in Chicago don’t all take place in the summer — just most of them.
But if you’re getting early stages of cabin fever and don’t feel like you can spend another weekend in your sweatpants, there is the...