| Sep 6, 2014
| 12:39 PM
I propose that, in Joan Rivers' honor, we once and for all retire the word "comedienne."
It was jarring to hear and read it in the coverage of Rivers' death Thursday at age 81 — we are well past the days when gender-specific job titles are...
| 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?...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 1:46 PM
Thanks to all our loyal readers who've made the Good Eating and Dining sections part of your reading diets each week. Before we dive into 2014, we wanted to revisit 13 of our favorite food stories from 2013. Here they are in chronological order:
| 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 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........
| Oct 13, 2011
| 4:18 AM
In this town, there’s a small group of us who call food writing our profession. And we're in a sort of race to discover the latest and best restaurants, then write about it first.
What the Tribune realized was that when we focused only on what&...
| Oct 24, 2011
| 6:54 AM
Five nights out of seven, I’m dining out for work, enjoyment, and to fulfill some sadomasochistic need. That averages to 25 plates of food to try every week. Sadly, the Tribune does not have enough newsprint to document all the great dishes I’...
| Oct 28, 2011
| 1:00 PM
Halloween candy is a nightmare only for nutritionists, dentists and those mothers who think raw carrot sticks and a UNICEF box are all one needs for trick or treating. So, what a relief when the Tribune’s Kevin Pang proposed a Ten @ 10 Halloween...