| Nov 6, 2014
| 8:16 AM
There are a few reliable ingredients we expect to see on cocktail menus each fall: a preponderance of darker spirits like bourbon and cognac, plus baking spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. This season, though, Chicago bartenders upped the ante on their...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 9:08 AM
Chicago is officially ramen crazy, if the openings of two high-profile ramen-focused eateries earlier this year (Lettuce Entertain You’s Ramen-San and Brendan Sodikoff’s High Five Ramen) hadn’t already stamped, sealed and delivered our...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 7:18 AM
The thing about the restaurant industry is: "You never know." Cicchetti, the Streeterville restaurant with an impressive pedigree of kitchen talent, a restaurant our critic Phil Vettel gave three stars, has succumbed to the realities of the profit-loss...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 2:02 PM
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...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 7:01 PM
The first days of summer are like an alarm clock for rosé drinkers. "The first nice day of the season, you'll see rosé sales skyrocket. Everyone thinks, 'It's sunny and warm, I want something pink,'" said Kristin Irwin, wine sales manager at recently...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 9:58 AM
The Chinese American Service League hosted its 35th anniversary dinner gala with nearly 700 guests at the Hilton Chicago on May 21. The event celebrated its 35 years of service to the community and included traditional Chinese dancing by children from...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 5:55 AM
Tickets are still available for the 26th Taste of the Nation gala, Wednesday evening in Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom.
More than 85 top chefs and mixologists will combine their talents for an evening of food, cocktails, wine and beer, along with...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 6:42 AM
Are you ready to gorge? I can’t hear you, Chicago. I said, ARE YOU READY TO GORGE?
Food Network Magazine’s first annual Food Network in Concert takes place Saturday at Ravinia in Highland Park and will not only treat guests to music from...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet?
If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually.
As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
| Feb 6, 2014
There was more than one Italian restaurant to debut in December by a veteran restaurateur and a culinary dream team. I wrote about Nico Osteria, in the Gold Coast, a few weeks ago; now let's regard Cicchetti, a Streeterville restaurant that is doing...
| Jul 4, 2013
| 7:47 AM