| Feb 8, 2012
| 8:57 PM
For the first 11 episodes of Top Chef, Beverly Kim’s journey was a Greek tragedy. Castigated, chastised, verbally beaten down by fellow contestants, she was booted in an episode where no one deserved elimination.
In that Charlize Theron-starred...
| Feb 9, 2012
Of all the reality competition dreck infesting TV screens, Top Chef is one of its better shows (I still think The Amazing Race is the gold standard). Unlike singing competitions where talent might be God given, or insect-eating shock challenges where fear...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 8:54 AM
Spiaggia chef Sarah Grueneberg didn’t win the title on “Top Chef: Texas,” but she did make an impressive showing on last night’s finale. The judges said that her and winner Paul Qui’s food was perhaps the best in the show&...
| 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...
| Nov 15, 2011
| 4:04 PM
In Chicago’s dining scene, there is Alinea, and there is everybody else.
That’s the message being conveyed in the 2012 Michelin Guide Chicago, whose star ratings were announced Tuesday afternoon. Only Alinea, which also earned three stars...
| Jul 25, 2011
| 8:00 AM
Runnin' down the road may be the Road Runner's idea of fun, but the classic American summer vacation road trip, even when pointed toward a beloved destination, can get long, tiresome and boring. What helps? The food along the way.
We're talking here...
| Jul 27, 2011
LUMMI ISLAND, Wash. — The cooks are assigned homework. Once a week, sometimes more, The Willows Inn chef Blaine Wetzel sends his five cooks to forage in the wild. One might be tasked with elderflowers and crab apple blossoms, his job to pluck 30...