| 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...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 8:40 PM
In honor of our fallen samurai chef, a series of haikus for Chicago's most lovable molecular gastronomist:
Chris Jones of Moto
You're Padma's "Lovable Nerd"
Melding science, food
We've bonded with you
You're sodium alginate
We're calcium salt ...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 9:09 PM
We’ve reached the equivalent of Mile 22 in the Top Chef marathon. Vision gets blurry, the lactic acids are burning holes through our calves, and everything around you starts to feel ... weird.
We know the show’s taping schedule is...
| 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...
| Nov 24, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Here are the Ya Gottas from today's Prickly Pair Podcast. Phil Rosenthal --The "Turkeys Away" episode of "WKRP in Cincinnati," best-remembered for its tagline: "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly." Scott Stantis -- Daniel Patrick Moynihan:....
| Aug 30, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Tribune food writer Kevin Pang has the scoop on a new project from Franks ‘N' Dawgs: Our friends at Franks ‘N' Dawgs have informed us of a rather exciting development: The Lincoln Park spot will be the first hot-dog stand in Chicago to start a...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 4:47 PM
Hedy Goldsmith of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami has been nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef in the prestigious 2012 James Beard Foundation awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition program honoring professionals in the...
| 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...
| Mar 10, 2011
Recipe 695 in Auguste Escoffier's "Le Guide Culinaire" is Puree Palestine, a sunchoke and roasted hazelnut soup. The five-sentence recipe, much like the 5,011 others in the book, is rather vague. Few recipes even call for salt. Dubbed "Escoffier" for...
| Apr 27, 2011
| 11:53 AM
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.