| 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 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 9, 2011
| 12:38 PM
Alpana Singh, the bottomless source of effervescence on "Check, Please," left her day job as wine director at Lettuce Entertain You several weeks ago, and for the first time in her adult life found herself with time to burn.
So customers of Pastoral...
| 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...