| Feb 11, 2014
| 3:20 AM
I had a voice mail message several weeks ago from a woman who said she had food to donate in conjunction with my Christmas Light Tours, but none of the holiday displays she visited were collecting.
She wanted to know where she could drop off the food....
| Feb 28, 2014
| 12:23 PM
Florida chef Norman Van Aken's memoir is finalist in the International Association of Culinary Professionals awards. The IACP released its list of 2014 IACP Award finalists on the heels of the James Beard Semi-Finalist announcement in Orlando. Van Aken's...
| Oct 20, 2013
With Chicago-area unemployment stubbornly higher than the national average, the fabled City That Works isn't exactly living up to its name these days.
The Pullman rail car factories are long idle, the famed Chicago stockyards have vanished, and even...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
It is 8 inches high, 18 inches around, made of crystal and, in my house, as dangerous as a loaded gun.
It appears each year in mid-October and does not vanish until after Easter. It occupies the space between my home office and my bathroom; I pass it...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 6:22 PM
We've all got our favorites when it comes to Halloween candy. Snickers, Butterfinger, M&Ms. To paraphrase Homer Simpson, "Mmmmmmm, candy."
But when you paw through that stash of Halloween candy and pull out your favorites, did you know that your choice...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 9:48 AM
Three cookbooks by Chicagoans are among the finalists for a prestigious culinary award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
“Prep School,” a book compiling James P. DeWan's cooking method and technique columns that...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The project took five months of planning, 11 days to film and a specially rigged SUV to conceal six puppeteers.
A crew of 100 people shot some scenes in Malibu, Pico Canyon, Stevenson Ranch, Playa del Rey and Universal City.
This wasn't for a movie or...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 10:20 AM
Three Southern California authors are among the finalists for the International Assn. of Culinary Professionals’ annual cookbook awards.
In the announcement Tuesday morning, Suzanne Goin was honored for “The A.O.C. Cookbook”, Anne...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 4:56 PM
The Kit Kat bar was just named the most influential candy bar in the world by Time. And something called Chicken Dinner also made the cut.
No, the Chicken Dinner bar doesn't have any actual chicken in it. The official name, Sperry's Chicken Dinner...
| Mar 15, 2014
| 10:23 PM
Los Angeles chef Suzanne Goin was among the winners Saturday at The International Association of Culinary Professionals' 36th annual conference in Chicago. Goin's "The A.O.C. Cookbook" won the "Chefs and Restaurants" IACP cookbook award.
| Jan 15, 2014
| 11:05 AM
Nestle is attempting to cash in on the Super Bowl hype by launching an ad campaign for its new Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups during the big game. "The Simpsons" fans will be sorry to hear that so far, Bart, Butterfinger's main mascot, doesn't make an...