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  • Why chefs obsess over awards

    Why chefs obsess over awards
    Until recently, I was a voting member of the James Beard Foundation, which gives out a number of highly valued annual awards to chefs and restaurants. But I was not a very active member, and certainly, while eating out, that membership never came up. Restaurants never seemed particularly aware: I can't recall a time being treated egregiously well. Alinea never left extra garlic bread. The other day, however, now shorn of influence, I had a power fantasy while eating at a suburban restaurant with clear pretense toward a Beard award or Michelin star. It was brunch. My dish came with an over-easy egg. But since it was brunch, at the risk of upsetting the integrity of the dish, I asked for my egg scrambled.
  • Friends to remember chef Charlie Trotter with tribute in Orlando

    Friends to remember chef Charlie Trotter with tribute in Orlando
    Florida chef Norman Van Aken will host a reception in December at the swanky Orlando Ritz-Carlton to honor Charlie Trotter, a Chicago-based chef who died in 2013 and was revered as one of America's top culinary talents and restaurateurs. So why do we...

    Fundraiser tonight to remember Charlie Trotter

    Fundraiser tonight to remember Charlie Trotter
    “A Toast to Charlie Trotter” is scheduled for tonight at Venue One in Chicago to honor the one-year anniversary of the famed chef's death, according to the Chicago Tribune.  Trotter was found unconscious and not breathing in his Lincoln Park...

    Archive: Hot Doug's, the quintessential Chicago restaurant

    Archive: Hot Doug's, the quintessential Chicago restaurant
    This article was originally published on May 26, 2011 Two months ago, I returned from unquestionably the greatest vacation of my life: 96 hours spent in New Orleans eating, drinking, dancing, stumbling merrily down Decatur Street, drooling Sazerac...

    Seafood-focused mfk restaurant opens today

    mfk, a cafe and bar named after legendary food writer M.F.K. Fisher, opens today. The restaurant (432 W. Diversey Parkway, 773-857-2540) opened softly a few days ago, but today (not coincidentally, Fisher's birthday) is the official opening. The...