| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 3:10 PM
For Ellen Jansen, 77, a 14-ounce package of kielbasa was the final straw.
"Enraged, that's how I feel! Kielbasa used to be a one-pound package for that price," said Ellen, who is my mother and a discerning consumer. "Do manufacturers think we're stupid?...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Fox has sold all of its TV ad inventory for Super Bowl XLVIII, slated to be played February 2 and broadcast by the 21st Century Fox-owned network from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Now the network is moving to line up clients for other types of...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Amid the tackles, blocks and hits, the Super Bowl may also be the setting for some sweet competition.
For the first time in years, two different candy advertisers will take the field when Fox broadcasts Super Bowl XLVIII February 2nd from New Jersey's...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Maybe a company that sells chocolate bars and hot cocoa was never meant to operate a weight-loss business.
Nestle, the world’s largest food company, has agreed to sell most of its Jenny Craig holdings to a private equity firm for an undisclosed...
| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 5:15 PM
The battle of the peanut butter cups is officially on, with Nestle versus Hershey. Nestle plans to release a Butterfinger peanut butter cup next year, starting a whole new candy feud for the world's candy cup connoisseurs to indulge in.
The candy looks...