| Oct 23, 2012
| 8:52 AM
| May 7, 2011
Congrats to Michael Gebert and Julia Thiel of the Chicago Reader, whose "Key Ingredient" feature (wherein chefs are challenged to create dishes from a selected exotic ingredient) won the Multimedia Food Feature award at the James Beard Foundation Book,...
| May 9, 2011
| 6:41 PM
Maybe it was the name.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.
How else do you account for its Chicago founder, Rich Melman, being nominated six consecutive times for the James Beard Foundation's outstanding restaurateur of the year award and never winning?...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 8:22 AM
Growing up in Highland Park, Ted Fishman would write radio scripts and hand them out to the other kids on the snow mounds.
As a college student, he studied creative writing with Joyce Carol Oates.
But Fishman, author of the best-seller "China, Inc.,"...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 10:17 AM
| Feb 3, 2012
| 12:56 PM
Highlights from local food blogs:
- Chicago Reader reports: North Side coffeehouse Asado Coffee plans to reopen Saturday after a hiatus. Owner/roaster Kevin Ashtari says: "I just needed a break from it, but I realized this is my true calling and I had to...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 2:36 PM
A manhattan is a manhattan is a manhattan.
Except when it's not.
Last Monday, the origins of one of the most classic of cocktails were shaken and stirred (ad nauseum, in a few instances) for the Woodford Reserve- and Esquire Magazine-sponsored...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 12:36 PM
About halfway through writing the script for "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" (which opens at the Wilmette Theatre next week), Edward Burns says he found himself at a crossroad. "Do I want to make the big, crazy, funny, holly-jolly Christmas Irish family...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:36 PM
Years ago when I was a student at Northwestern University, a handful of executives at America Online came to my class and explained that you, I and everyone we know would soon find ourselves pleasantly stranded on "information islands." We nodded,...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 1:46 PM
The headquarters for Jeppson’s Malort isn’t much of an office.
No cubicles, no strategy memos—just a killer view of Lake Michigan and one woman: Pat Gabelick.
Gabelick, 69, is the owner of the Carl Jeppson Company, which she runs out...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 5:24 PM
It was a thrill for me whenever the Michael Lenehan byline appeared above a story — usually a very lengthy story — in The Atlantic from the early 1980s to early 1990s. Occasionally he would write for his home publication, the Chicago Reader,...