| Aug 26, 2014
| 9:30 AM
At some point, Chicago's Italian restaurants lost their focus, and I don't mean that in a bad way.
Going back 30 years, Italian restaurants in town self-identified as "Northern Italian" or "Southern Italian." These were grotesquely oversimplified terms;...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 11:15 AM
The Bon Appetit presents Chicago Gourmet will run Sept. 27 and 28 in Millennium Park. But your chance to earn a free ticket starts today.
The annual Dine Around, through which diners can earn one-day admission to Chicago Gourmet by eating at five...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 3:43 PM
From a seat on the infield or the bleachers, Hopstring Fest attendees can listen to 30 bands from Illinois plus headliner Cracker Saturday at Silver Cross Field, 1 Mayor Art Schultz Drive in downtown Joliet.
Presented by Chicago St. Pub, Joliet...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 9:05 AM
The New York-based Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is headed to Baltimore. The restaurant will open sometime in 2015 in the Union Marketplace development on Fleet Street.
The original Dino BBQ, as the restaurant is familiarly known, opened in Syracuse in 1988. There...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Updated August 18: An initial list of participating restaurants includes Bar Pastoral, Barn & Co., Chicago Q, Enolo, Farmhouse Tavern, Grange Hall Burger Bar, Meat, Table Fifty-Two and others.
We have Donut Fest. And Poutine Fest. And Bloody Mary Fest. ...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 2:22 PM
Are you a professional chef with several years of experience in the restaurant industry? Then Fox’s “MasterChef” doesn’t want you. Sorry. The culinary competition hosted by Gordon Ramsay is looking for amateur and home cooks only....
| Aug 16, 2014
| 10:47 AM
After a frigid and snowy winter — that lasted what, six months? — it appears that summer is finally here. Which makes it time for my annual Summer Eating List.
Patterned after the summer reading lists that haunted my school-age summers, this...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 9:02 AM
Some weeks ago, with equal parts eagerness and terror, I joined Eater.com's newly minted national restaurant critic Bill Addison for dinner. Actually, dinners, plural. We ate 23 dishes with wine pairings at three high-end Chicago restaurants over a span...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 10:39 AM
Every chef has his or her area of expertise. For 11-year-old Chicagoan Madison Grant, that specialty is Southern cuisine. The soon-to-be sixth grader at South Loop Elementary has found her niche cooking grits, gumbo and seafood—and starting Sunday,...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 8:44 AM
Our relationship with new fast food chains borders on mania. When the Guatemalan fried chicken shop Pollo Campero opened on the Northwest Side in 2005, devotees began lining up at 6 a.m. for the noon opening. Same thing happened when Chick-fil-A opened...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 6:12 AM
It’s going to be a good week in Chicago to taste Oregon pinot noir.
Famed winemaker David Adelsheim will be in Chicago this week, leading discussions of his Adelsheim Vineyard wines at three distinctly different (in formality and price) tasting...