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  • James Beard awards: Another ignominious shutout for L.A. chefs and restaurants

    James Beard awards: Another ignominious shutout for L.A. chefs and restaurants
    Southern California may be a dining mecca, but you wouldn’t know it judging from the James Beard Awards. Once again Monday night, Los Angeles chefs and restaurants suffered an ignominious shutout at the prestigious awards, presented this year in...
  • Chef Graham Elliot on NFL Draft Town's food menu

    Chef Graham Elliot on NFL Draft Town's food menu
    The football fan dreamland that is NFL Draft Town kicks off festival season this week, with Graham Elliot ("MasterChef," Graham Elliot Bistro) serving as culinary curator. Elliot, who also curates Chow Town at Lollapalooza, hand-picked the local...
  • Petit Trois, Goin, Narvaez and Taymor lead L.A.'s Beard nominees

    Petit Trois, Goin, Narvaez and Taymor lead L.A.'s Beard nominees
    Southern California chefs and restaurants earned nominations for seven major honors in the 2015 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards announced Tuesday. Petit Trois is one of five finalists for the best new restaurant. Other nominees include...
  • White House's Sam Kass, head of Let's Move initiative, moving to NYC

     White House's Sam Kass, head of Let's Move initiative, moving to NYC
    Chef Sam Kass, the Chicago native who became the executive director of first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative and the Obama administration's senior policy adviser on nutrition, is leaving Washington at the end of this month and moving to New...
  • Restaurant staff, please don't read the menu to us

    Restaurant staff, please don't read the menu to us
    By the time you read this I may already be gone, having headed for the thickest clump of wilderness, anywhere that might exist where I can still walk into a restaurant and a waiter won't ask ... "Have you dined with us before?" It's not the question...
  • Bistros may lack hype, but they offer mighty fine dining

    Bistros may lack hype, but they offer mighty fine dining
    Look at the following restaurants. If they were around 20 years ago (and some were), these would have been the Girl & the The Goat, Nightwood, Avec of their day. Bistros stood atop the city's culinary scene, the default genre when the words "fine dining"...
  • Review: Dove's Luncheonette

    Review: Dove's Luncheonette
    Review: Dove's Luncheonette 1545 N. Damen Ave. 773-645-4060 Rating: !!!! (out of 4) Already hot "No cross-table dancing allowed." I still don't know what that means, but it was on a sign stuck to the wall at The Lantern, a diner I used to hang out in...
  • Chicago Gourmet: One tasty weekend

    Chicago Gourmet: One tasty weekend
    Dean Schmiedt, a 64-year-old pharmaceutical consultant from Fort Ripley, Minn., was all set to fly to Chicago Friday with his psychologist wife, Karleen, for their third straight Chicago Gourmet when they arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International...
  • One Off's newest restaurant: Dove's Luncheonette

    One Off's newest restaurant: Dove's Luncheonette
    A lot of news has come out of One Off Hospitality this summer, the restaurant group behind Blackbird, Avec, The Publican and The Violet Hour. Now comes word of their latest restaurant addition, called Dove's Luncheonette. The "Mexican-inspired soul...
  • Dove's Luncheonette opens Monday in Wicker Park

    Dove's Luncheonette opens Monday in Wicker Park
    With little fanfare, the newest restaurant from James Beard Award-winning restaurant group One Off Hospitality opened in Wicker Park Monday morning. Dove’s Luncheonette¬†(1545 N. Damen Ave.), a 41-stool counter diner serving “Southern-...
  • Loud restaurants work to diminish noise

    Loud restaurants work to diminish noise
    Chef Brian Huston knew he was in trouble at the pre-opening party for his new Evanston restaurant Boltwood. "It was so loud," he said. "It was terrible," agreed partner John Kim. "But we weren't not going to open." So the 70-seat farm-to-table...