| Oct 13, 2011
| 4:18 AM
In this town, there’s a small group of us who call food writing our profession. And we're in a sort of race to discover the latest and best restaurants, then write about it first.
What the Tribune realized was that when we focused only on what&...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 6, 2011
No longer is Chicago just "the best place to eat between New York and San Francisco," but now it is endorsed by outsiders as one of the finest dining cities in the world. The Michelin Guide's entry into Chicago last November, plus Alinea's No. 6 ranking...
| Aug 2, 2012
When Kevin Pang's story came up in a news meeting about an Arlington Heights Chinese restaurant with a special menu for Asian customers, I emailed Kevin with two questions: How often does that happen? And can a non-Asian still ask for the other menu?...
| Jan 1, 2012
| 6:57 PM
New Year's Eve is a time for drama, but chef Charlie Trotter outdid himself Sunday.
Shortly after midnight, in front of some 100 guests in his eponymous restaurant, Trotter dropped a bomb: At the end of August, after the acclaimed restaurant celebrates...
| Jan 13, 2012
| 11:42 AM
There were two days this week where the Chicago Tribune featured great dining and culture roundups. I like reading those kinds of sections, because I always feel like my cultural incursions are so widely spaced that I'm always starting from scratch....
| 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&...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, Poetry and Web Conjunctions. His first book is “I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say.”
Rebecca Makkai is...