| Jun 16, 2015
| 1:17 PM
Get your appetites in gear: More than two dozen Chicago chefs, including Jimmy Bannos Jr., Jessica Oloroso, Jared Wentworth, Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp, have been added to the culinary lineup at the first annual Chicago Food + Wine Festival on...
| May 26, 2015
| 11:52 AM
It's time once again for my Summer Eating List. Patterned after the summer reading lists that haunted my school days, this list tells you the recently opened, soon-to-open and hoping-to-open restaurants to keep in mind for a summer of dining enrichment....
| May 27, 2015
| 2:21 PM
Tony Mantuano has been more proprietor than chef the last couple of years, overseeing the operations of Spiaggia, Cafe Spiaggia, Bar Toma, Terzo Piano and River Roast.
For the forseeable future, however, Mantuano's attention will be focused...
| Apr 21, 2015
| 6:49 AM
Another star-studded food and wine festival is headed to Chicago, this time in August, and tickets are going on sale today.
Call it Chefapalooza. I certainly plan to.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for the inaugural Chicago Food + Wine Festival,...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Spiaggia celebrated its 30th anniversary with a three-month renovation in early 2014.
The restaurant emerged with a lighter, more contemporary look, and a nearly completely redone menu (the gnocchi in ricotta cream is the sole carry-over) by executive...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 9:54 AM
Kitty O’Shea's (720 S. Michigan in the Hilton Chicago) took first place in a competition with 50-area restaurants to win the Golden Noodle Award during the inaugural Mac and Cheese Fest held at the Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago Forum on...
| Sep 13, 2013
1729 N. Halsted St. 312-337-6070
With Steppenwolf and The Royal George Theatre just down the street, this dining room makes a stunning setting for a pre-theater dinner or date. Former Charlie Trotter's chef Giuseppe Tentori changes the contemporary...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 8:57 PM
For the first 11 episodes of Top Chef, Beverly Kim’s journey was a Greek tragedy. Castigated, chastised, verbally beaten down by fellow contestants, she was booted in an episode where no one deserved elimination.
In that Charlize Theron-starred...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 10:14 PM
I'm usually a blur when watching Top Chef. My fingers clack away at the laptop, my eyes dart back and forth between TV and computer screen, as I mentally organize plot summaries, attempt to compose some pithy Tweet while simultaneously taking bites of...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 10:03 PM
Do you buy into the idea of karma? I don’t. I’ll tell you what I do believe: Television works best when packages come delivered tied up with perfect bows.
Because on Wednesday's "Top Chef" installment, as soon as Beverly Kim (Aria) said,...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 9:09 PM
We’ve reached the equivalent of Mile 22 in the Top Chef marathon. Vision gets blurry, the lactic acids are burning holes through our calves, and everything around you starts to feel ... weird.
We know the show’s taping schedule is...