| May 28, 2014
| 10:10 AM
The following items were taken from Naperville police reports:
An intoxicated 23-year-old Naperville man was arrested about 12:13 a.m. May 22 in the 0-99 block of East Chicago Avenue and charged with battery after punching a bouncer in the stomach...
| May 2, 2014
| 6:30 PM
With nearly a dozen seasons and a handful of spinoffs, Bravo's "Top Chef" still remains a fan -- and critics' -- favorite. It's also an awards darling, continually receiving Emmy nods and, somewhat famously, upsetting "The Amazing Race" for the reality...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 6:34 AM
Looking for something romantic to do to celebrate Valentine's Day? Cooking together is the answer. Choose from among these classes at Chicago and suburban cooking schools and restaurants. Some venues offer more than we list here, so poke around on their...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 7:51 AM
Chicken and grits: "Honey," "sweetheart" and "sugar" are typically foreign words on Chicago's hip-hop scene. However, expect to be welcomed to the family with endearing pet names at Emma's Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, a West Side soul food restaurant...
| Mar 20, 2014
It has been a brutal three months for Chicago's restaurants. Beyond the Facebook Chiberia photos and scientifically illiterate global warming jokes lies the grim reality that the cold and snow of 2014 have kept Chicagoans in their homes and out of...
| Mar 6, 2014
Charged in 1996 with driving drunk and killing a woman, Chicago businessman Kyung Ho Song posted a low bond, liquidated assets worth more than $1 million and slipped out of the country to his native South Korea. For years he lived openly there in a glass-...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 8:06 AM
The James Beard Foundation announced its semifinalists Wednesday for the 2014 Chef and Restaurant Awards. To be clear, the actual nominees will be announced March 18 in Chicago, but this long list will give you a good idea of who may be feted May 5 in New...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 10:00 PM
A couple of news bites, both involving The Publican:
First is the announcement that finalists for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards will be named at the Fulton Market restaurant on Tuesday, March 18. (All that Beard Award hubbub last week? Those...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 3:14 PM
It’s a great week for Jacquy Pfeiffer. Straight off his prestigious cookbook award win on Saturday, he’s been nominated for another, arguably as well-regarded.
Pfeiffer’s book “The Art of French Pastry” was nominated...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 9:04 AM
Seems like just last week we were dealing with Easter, doesn't it? Well, the other big Sunday for dining is just 10 days away, and Chicago's restaurants, as always, are ready.
Acadia: A la carte Mother's Day brunch served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 10:00 PM
An eagle-eyed source tipped me off to this sheet hanging in the kitchen of a well-known Chicago restaurant. It's a guide for servers on how to spot members of the food media, and protocol for once you do. In this same kitchen are mugshots of local food...