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  • The April 16 sandwich: Cemitas Puebla

    The April 16 sandwich: Cemitas Puebla
    Day 16 of 30 sandwiches in 30 days.  The Cemitas Atomica This Pueblan paean to the pig is glorious excess defined, three interpretations of pork in a sandwich requiring a snakelike unhinging of jaw to devour. Three slices of Krakus ham, a guajillo...
  • Two Michelin-star chef Jason McLeod, formerly of Ria, surfaces in San Diego

    Two Michelin-star chef Jason McLeod, formerly of Ria, surfaces in San Diego
    The timing was strange. After chef Jason McLeod won two Michelin stars at Ria last November, shocking the Chicago dining scene but mostly himself, McLeod unexpectedly left the restaurant three months later. The Elysian Hotel’s press release noted...
  • 'Empire Carpet Man' dies at 89

    'Empire Carpet Man' dies at 89
    Lynn Hauldren, 89, the advertising copywriter who became the inspiration for the Empire Carpet Man in the 1970s and helped launch the company's signature jingle into national recognition, died Tuesday, according to an Empire spokesperson. Mr. Hauldren...
  • Charlie Trotter's restaurant to close in August

    Charlie Trotter's restaurant to close in August
    New Year's Eve is a time for drama, but chef Charlie Trotter outdid himself Sunday. Shortly after midnight, in front of some 100 guests in his eponymous restaurant, Trotter dropped a bomb: At the end of August, after the acclaimed restaurant celebrates...
  • Top Chef Week 10 recap: The most insufferable recap yet

    Top Chef Week 10 recap: The most insufferable recap yet
    Ten weeks into these Top Chef recaps, as I once again sputter out a few hundred words on the show, I find myself writing less about the competition itself and more on philosophical matters.  (Pardon the pretension, allow me to sew a leather elbow patch...
  • Behind two useful arts and dining sections this week

    Behind two useful arts and dining sections this week
    There were two days this week where the Chicago Tribune featured great dining and culture roundups. I like reading those kinds of sections, because I always feel like my cultural incursions are so widely spaced that I'm always starting from scratch....
  • Real Urban BBQ to open second location in Vernon Hills

    Real Urban BBQ to open second location in Vernon Hills
    2010 was the year Chicagoland witnessed its barbecue boom, when nearly a dozen smoked meats purveyors opened from Wheaton to Rogers Park.  Among the more successful and highly-received restaurants is Highland Park's Real Urban Barbecue, and this spring,...
  • Top Chef Week 11 recap: This season's best episode yet

    Top Chef Week 11 recap: This season's best episode yet
    This was my favorite"Top Chef"episode this season. Void of manufactured rivalries or a clear-cut winner/loser, we witnessed the show at its most elemental and compelling: seven chefs cooking their hearts out, fulfilling the mission of the show’s...
  • Top Chef Week 5 Recap: Over and done

    Top Chef Week 5 Recap: Over and done
    Probability, you fickle law. Here we are to think more Chicago chefs competing means a greater chance a Chicagoan would be crowned Top Chef, and we forget its inverse, that Chicagoans also have a greater chance of being eliminated. Four weeks ago, the...
  • Would Chicago chefs serve horse?

    Would Chicago chefs serve horse?
    On the Facebook page of "The Butcher & Larder," the Noble Square butcher shop, owner Rob Levitt posted a link Wendesday to an article about Congress lifting the ban on funding horse-meat inspections. The implication was horses could once again be...
  • Top Chef Week 6 Recap: Cutting and slicing begins in earnest

    Top Chef Week 6 Recap: Cutting and slicing begins in earnest
    Anthony Bourdain once commented that “Top Chef” is as real as television competitions come. The filming schedule is compressed into several weeks — hell on contestants — and deliberations among judges can drag on for hours. Only...