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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 Grunts and other notable restaurants...
  • Ellie Krieger, Chef and Dietician

    Ellie Krieger, Chef and Dietician
    New York Times bestselling author and James Beard Foundation and IACP award winner Ellie Krieger helps people of all ages achieve wellness  and get the most out of life. She is a registered dietitian and host of the hit show, “Healthy Appetite,&...
  • 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....
  • 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)....
  • Food critic outed and ousted from restaurant

    Food critic outed and ousted from restaurant
    Los Angeles Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila ducked into Red Medicine, a new Beverly Hills restaurant, for some modern Vietnamese food the other night, but got nothing to eat. Instead, she was outed and ousted, her party turned away, her picture...
  • Planting seeds

    Planting seeds
    The American menu today is crowded with many cuisines: Italian, Chinese, French, Japanese, German, Ethiopian, Irish, Vietnamese. With so many kinds of cooking, it can be easy to forget what is the most important cuisine of them all, that of Native...