| Dec 9, 2011
| 10:23 PM
A roundup of stories this week from the Chicago Tribune Food staff...
*** In this week's Good Eating cover story, we pick our favorite cookbooks of 2011. [LINK]
*** Bill St. John picks his favorite wine books from the past year, along with the perfect...
| Dec 11, 2011
| 7:16 PM
In January 2010, chef Curtis Duffy took a one-month sabbatical from Avenues to creatively recharge. He set a goal for himself: conceptualize one dish for every day that month (one he came up with was called “The Life Cycle of Fennel”). He...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 10:14 PM
I'm usually a blur when watching Top Chef. My fingers clack away at the laptop, my eyes dart back and forth between TV and computer screen, as I mentally organize plot summaries, attempt to compose some pithy Tweet while simultaneously taking bites of...
| Dec 22, 2011
"Just so everyone knows," Tom Martin announced to all in the diner, "it's this gentleman's fault that I'll be singing a song."
On the word "this," Martin gestured to me. Sitting at the counter alone, like a duck in the cross hairs, I suffered the judging...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 10:03 PM
Do you buy into the idea of karma? I don’t. I’ll tell you what I do believe: Television works best when packages come delivered tied up with perfect bows.
Because on Wednesday's "Top Chef" installment, as soon as Beverly Kim (Aria) said,...
| Dec 30, 2011
Close watchers of Chicago's food scene may have been surprised to learn that Alinea — one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the city and the world — failed its routine health inspection a month ago.
But what may seem like a big...
| Jun 27, 2011
What's your lunching style? Do you check out new eateries every day or tote something from home?
Here's what Lunch Box found when we e-mailed a few folks to ask about lunch styles.
Rick Bayless eats at his "desk." Of course, the "desk" for Mr....
| Jun 28, 2011
| 1:14 PM
SHELBY, N.C. — I've been breathing North Carolina air for two hours, and already I've come to the realization: Here, much like the rest of the South, "barbecue" is a noun and not a transitive verb.
What's more, in Seattle (where I was raised),...
| Jun 29, 2011
| 3:45 PM
Chef Mark Mendez, who left Carnivale last September, has revealed his next move: opening a Spanish small bites/wine bar with his wife Liz in the West Loop.
They’re calling it Uva, Spanish for grape, and it’ll be located at Lake and...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 8:24 AM
If there are any lingering doubts Chicago is a hot dog town, the Internet has put the debate to rest. The good folks at Google sent along some interesting data about search patterns for the term “hot dogs.” Their findings:
1) The term “...
| Jul 5, 2011
| 12:58 PM
Here’s a way to break the mood in a darkened theater: Pull out that smartphone and sent your instant review to a friend, or check your text messages.
Tribune reporter Nina Metz examines the compulsions -- societal, psychological and even...