| 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,...
| Oct 15, 2012
Joe Mansueto's day jobs have been a handful lately: He has been busy turning Morningstar Inc. into a $3.1 billion investment information megamart, buying up media properties and skipping the charity circuit in favor of coaching grade-school soccer on...
| 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...
| Jul 13, 2012
| 7:25 PM
After more than 31/2 years of bitter legal conflict, the judge in Tribune Co.'s bankruptcy case said he would approve a plan to transfer ownership of the Chicago media company to a group of hedge funds and banks based in Los Angeles and New York.
| Dec 6, 2012
| 4:10 PM
Tom Krell is no stranger to pain.
The musician, who records and performs under the name How to Dress Well, penned much of his sophomore album, the aptly titled "Total Loss," while struggling with weighty issues like self-doubt, depression and death....