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  • 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...
  • At long last, Rich Melman a Beard award winner

    At long last, Rich Melman a Beard award winner
    Maybe it was the name. Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. How else do you account for its Chicago founder, Rich Melman, being nominated six consecutive times for the James Beard Foundation's outstanding restaurateur of the year award and never winning?...
  • 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 GruntsĀ and other notable restaurants...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • New name for Pump Room? How about the Pump Room?

    New name for Pump Room? How about the Pump Room?
    As you may have read a couple of weeks ago, the venerable Pump Room restaurant, and the building that houses it, are being renovated by hotelier/impresario Ian Schrager and will emerge in September as a boutique hotel, to be called Public Chicago (1301 N....
  • Restaurant Review: Wit & Wisdom has its highs and lows

    Restaurant Review: Wit & Wisdom has its highs and lows
    Wit & Wisdom, the promising restaurant in the new Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, calls itself a tavern. That it's not recognizably a tavern is what makes Wit & Wisdom, early on, both interesting and frustrating. Riding a wave of publicity and excitement,...
  • 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...
  • Grilled banana splits

    Grilled banana splits
    It just goes to show that good things always find an audience. In 1904 a pharmacist in Latrobe, Pa., who loved to create her own inventive fountain dessert combinations, came up with the banana split (an ice cream dessert with a banana cut lengthwise)....
  • Lunch tips from a true pro

    Lunch tips from a true pro
    Many people — and most cookbooks — skirt over the matter of workday lunches. Not Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. "For most of us these days, lunch is an irrelevance. Not so much because we don't eat it — we still generally manage to shovel...
  • Table Talk: Dinner to focus on 'Best of Baltimore'

    Table Talk: Dinner to focus on 'Best of Baltimore'
    All over town, there are talented chefs languishing in semi-obscurity. These are the chefs heading up the kitchens in public institutions — universities, convention facilities and even hospitals — and in private institutions like country...