| Feb 15, 2013
The story began in June 2011, when I heard rumblings Curtis Duffy was leaving Avenues restaurant for his own venture. I moonlight as a filmmaker on the side, and thought documenting the building of his restaurant would be fascinating to watch.
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:22 PM
Before there was “Top Chef,” “MasterChef” or “Iron Chef,” before chefs were multimedia celebrities who could monetize their volcanic personalities, before “farm-to-table” and “American cuisine”...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, Poetry and Web Conjunctions. His first book is “I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say.”
Rebecca Makkai is...
| Oct 15, 2013
Q: I had some wonderfully sweet, savory and slightly crunchy chicken wings at a restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia, called Phnom Penh. Any chance you could get me their recipe, or find a restaurant in Chicago that offers something similar?...
| Jul 2, 2013
Q: Would you know if the Ramova Grill is still in operation? It was located at 35th and Halsted not too far from the Ramova Theater. Also is the theater still there?
—Alice Bowen, North Olmsted, Ohio.
A: The Ramova Grill closed in 2012, ending a...
| Jul 26, 2013
Data should be illuminative, not off-putting. At the Chicago Tribune News Applications team, we try to help that light shine a little brighter.
Accomplishing that means taking advantage of the online medium to tell stories. The building blocks we use...
| Apr 10, 2013
When he was visiting from New York recently, Dan Pashman interviewed me for "The Sporkful," the award-winning podcast that takes a basic, practical look at all things ingestible. Our topic for mastication and rumination was the bag lunch: Eric argues........
| Feb 9, 2011
This article isn't for you, dear reader who willfully picked up the food section. If you know that gastrique is a sauce and not an antacid, no need to read on. Kindly pass this along to the men in your life whose preferred cooking apparatus remains the...
| Mar 10, 2011
Recipe 695 in Auguste Escoffier's "Le Guide Culinaire" is Puree Palestine, a sunchoke and roasted hazelnut soup. The five-sentence recipe, much like the 5,011 others in the book, is rather vague. Few recipes even call for salt. Dubbed "Escoffier" for...
| Mar 22, 2011
| 1:15 PM
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...
| Apr 13, 2011
| 4:00 AM
Day 13 of 30 sandwiches in 30 days.
The secret to Rick Bayless' extraordinary choriqueso isn't the house-made chorizo -- tangy, spiced crumbled pork, its chili-powder-dyed oil seeped into the bread's crevices. Nor is it the roasted...