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  • Next: Now open for business

    Next: Now open for business
    Last night, the ticketing system for Next, Grant Achatz's highly anticipated new era-themed fine dining restaurant, was still experiencing glitches, despite promises that today -- er, yesterday -- was the day. "We are burning the midnight oil here trying...
  • Jean-Georges Vongerichten to head up The Pump Room

    Jean-Georges Vongerichten to head up The Pump Room
    What leaked out two weeks ago on Eater.com is finally being confirmed: Star chef/restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten will head up the new and improved Pump Room when that fabled restaurant reopens in the fall. Although it might not be called the...
  • Ten @ 10: Ten food television shows you should be watching

    Ten @ 10: Ten food television shows you should be watching
    We may be living in the golden age of food television. Twenty years ago, you had to wait for Julia Child and a few others every week on PBS. Today, it's such a hot commodity that ABC is canceling soap operas and replacing them with a foodie version of...
  • James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef Patrick Fahy leaving Blackbird

    James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef Patrick Fahy leaving Blackbird
    Patrick Fahy, the James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef at Blackbird and Avec, will be leaving his post next month. Fahy wasn’t ready to divulge his future plans, but he said he hopes to stay in Chicago restaurants or hotels. Fahy said he would...
  • James Beard cookbook awards honor Kennedy, Villas, McGee

    James Beard cookbook awards honor  Kennedy, Villas, McGee
    Like many a devoted cook, we have shelves that are crowded with cookbooks with little space for more. But the annual list of best food books of the year, as chosen by the James Beard Foundation, leaves us thinking we could squeeze in just a few more....
  • Forty years of Rich's restaurants. Your favorite?

    Forty years of Rich's restaurants. Your favorite?
    The 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards, those Oscars of the food world, were handed out in New York Monday evening, and a perennial nominee took home a well-deserved prize: Richard Melman, head honcho of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises received the...
  • How RJ Grunts (and other Chicago restaurants) got its name

    How RJ Grunts (and other Chicago restaurants) got its name
    What’s in a name? For recent James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Rich Melman, it began 40 years ago with an involuntary emission of sound, which led to his restaurant empire. Here's the story of how RJ Grunts and other notable restaurants...
  • Curtis Duffy to leave Avenues, open own restaurant in West Loop

    Curtis Duffy to leave Avenues, open own restaurant in West Loop
    “I want to have the best restaurant in the country. I want to obtain that third Michelin star.” If it isn’t clear chef Curtis Duffy wants to be uttered in the same breath as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and his former boss Grant...
  • Pastry chef Patrick Fahy heading to The Sofitel

    Pastry chef Patrick Fahy heading to The Sofitel
    Pastry chef Patrick Fahy announced last week that he would be leaving Blackbird and Avec after two years on the job. Now we know where he’ll be heading next: The Sofitel. Fahy will be joining the Gold Coast hotel in early July as executive pastry...
  • An Appreciation: Marion Cunningham was Fannie Farmer, but with a delicious flair

    An Appreciation: Marion Cunningham was Fannie Farmer, but with a delicious flair
    I had worked with the late cookbook legend Marion Cunningham for several years before I actually met her. She was a columnist for The Times back in the 1990s, and I was one of her editors. Because she lived in the Bay Area, our conversations were mainly...
  • Chicago chefs nominees aplenty at James Beard 2011

    Chicago chefs nominees aplenty at James Beard 2011
    Mindy Segal and Bruce Sherman are hoping five’s a charm. Rich Melman is hoping it’s seven. All three have been nominated — again — for James Beard Foundation Awards, which annually recognize the best chefs, restaurants and...