| Sep 5, 2014
| 9:52 AM
News, notes and infinite bacon (!) from around the interwebs Friday:
> Did you hear? Chef Takashi Yagahashi bested David Burke on "Top Chef Duels" this week, winning with a series of dishes involving sea squirt, armadillo and black sapote (a type of...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 10:00 PM
A little more than two years ago, Julia Pham had a dream that she was serving dinner to complete strangers in her apartment. She woke up the next morning and Googled a term for it. To her surprise, her dream had a name—pop-up dinners or...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 8:25 PM
(Reuters) - McDonald's line cooks, Burger King cashiers and other fast-food restaurant workers across the U.S. plan to walk off the job on Thursday in an ongoing battle with their employers to gain a $15 hourly wage, organizers said on Monday.
| Sep 2, 2014
| 12:52 PM
Smokers may no longer be allowed to light up cigarettes as they watch bands play at Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, Riot Fest or North Coast music festivals in Chicago.
That’s if a push to ban smoking in the city’s nearly 600 city parks –...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Carlos Alferez, managing partner of Frontera Grill, acknowledges that he was apprehensive when Groupon approached him about testing a new deal the online discounter wanted to offer.
The James Beard Award-winning Mexican restaurant, founded by Chicago...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Welcome to the BYOB Files, a new monthly column spotlighting the city’s bring-your-own-bottle restaurants. To me, the preponderance of BYOB spots in Chicago feels like booze karma, a perk that sort-of compensates for our pesky anti-happy hour law...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 12:39 PM
It was a food lover's paradise at Taste of the Nation Chicago, a culinary fundraiser to benefit Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Held at Navy Pier on Aug. 13, this annual tasting event attracted more than 1,200 people and featured nearly 100...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 9:15 AM
Maybe the real story is how the windows at McDonald’s survived as long as they did.
Candice Dotson, 38, watched them break Sunday night as a group of frightened protesters fleeing barrages of tear gas from the police tried to slam their way...
| Aug 12, 2014
Q: Enjoyed your May 28, 2014, article: "Longing for Hong Kong Steak." Here's another Chicago challenge: "Nello's spaghetti and fried chicken." Nello's restaurant was located in Chicago's Little Italy area of 24th and Oakley back in the '40s and '50s and...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 5:47 AM
Orlando chefs Norman Van Aken and Geoffrey Gable will participate in The Trotter Project this weekend. The initiative encourages chefs and diners to commemorate the anniversary of the opening of Charlie Trotter's restaurant in Chicago and the ideals of...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 7:57 AM
Drake’s dinner at Chicago Cut Steakhouse in the early hours of Monday was apparently BYODJ.
The rapper/singer brought a laptop and speakers to the restaurant and DJed during his dinner with around 20 friends, according to Chicago Cut managing...