| 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’...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 1, 2011
| 9:34 AM
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...
| Dec 27, 2011
| 8:12 AM
While you polished off the Christmas goose, the Tribune food staff was hard at work...
Phil Vettel, Chris Borrelli and Kevin Pang recaps the highlights and lowlights of Chicago dining in 2011. [LINK]
Kevin Pang writes that at Svea in Andersonville,...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 7:59 AM
Thursday's Dining cover story is our profile on chef Paul Kahan as he and his team prepare to open Publican Quality Meats, the Fulton Market butcher shop. A few newsworthy items from the piece:
*** As we reported earlier, Publican Quality Meats is...
| Dec 13, 2011
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...
| 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 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,...
| Jan 16, 2012
| 12:24 PM
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,...
| Jan 11, 2012
| 10:08 PM
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...