| Jul 13, 2011
| 11:19 AM
“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...
| Aug 19, 2011
| 9:04 AM
You know that feeling of clarity that hits you on vacation, that moment when you decide you should just move to wherever you're visiting — sell the house, lose the job, relocate to where you're comfortable and happy right now, before you can...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 1:40 PM
The Paula Deen-Anthony Bourdain feud spilled over into this week. Deen talked about it on the Today show. Eater National has a recap and update. A reader reminded me of the comments about Deen that Bourdain made during his May 2010 appearance at...
| Jul 6, 2011
Jeff Smedstad joined the Coast Guard at 17 (and got cook's training); cooked in Scottsdale, Ariz.; traveled Mexico and studied cooking with Susana Trilling in Oaxaca; and was a chef at an Atlanta restaurant when a friend called from Sedona, Ariz. "He said...
| May 20, 2012
The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat
Free Press, 339 pp., $27
Ask your average Food Network viewer or Yelp poster about Craig Claiborne and you're likely to be met with a blank look and a "Who?"
How fleeting is fame in the food world....
| May 23, 2012
| 8:39 AM
1723 N. Halsted St. 312-867-0110
Chef/owner Grant Achatz’s world-famous wonderland of molecular gastronomy should be on the bucket list of every foodie. The 18-course tasting menu is presented with avant-garde serveware and utensils so...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 2:40 PM
David and Goliath. Spartans and Persians. North vs. South. Good vs. evil.
Epic battles have always given us hope, inspired our actions and captured our imaginations. This Saturday, a battle of epic proportions will take place, and although it might not...
| Jul 14, 2012
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...
| Jul 19, 2012
Mini-review: City Tavern
1416 S. Michigan Ave. 312-663-1278
Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start
The backstory: When chef Kendal Duque cooked up the opening menu at Sepia in the West Loop, I wasn’t the only one who was impressed. Diners...
| Jul 24, 2012
445 N. Clark St. 312-661-1434
These sibling restaurants are the creations of celebrity chef/Mexican cuisine king Rick Bayless, and while Frontera is more rustic and regional in cuisine, Topolo skews toward fine dining. For a...
| Mar 29, 2012
There's a new fruit in town, at building No. 14 of Avon's Riverdale Farms plaza. Lime Bar & Grill has taken over the space formerly occupied by Bosc Kitchen & Wine Bar, and the new restaurant, bar and cocktail lounge, is adding new zest to the area with...