| Dec 14, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Rich Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has partnered with former L2O chef Matthew Kirkley to open Intro, a restaurant/school concept with ticketed dinners prepared by rotating chefs-in-residence.
The goal is to "introduce up-and-coming...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 2:07 PM
News and notes on this, National Noodle Ring Day. (Break out your spare bundt cake pans!)
- Matthew O'Malley, owner of the Chicago Firehouse, vows to re-open after a fire swept through the South Loop restaurant Wednesday morning. [Tribune]
- First L2O,...
| Nov 29, 2014
| 6:43 PM
For years, Nick Kokonas was warned.
No one would ever prepay for a ticket to eat at a restaurant.
For years, Nick Kokonas was undaunted.
He was collecting data, reams of it, showing prepaid tickets increased revenue and wiped out no-shows at Alinea,...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 7:00 PM
I remember so vividly the first time that my wife and I brought our baby daughter to dinner at a restaurant, because nothing happened.
Our daughter was only 4 weeks old, and we packed her diaper bag as if we were traveling to the moon: diapers and wipes...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 11:59 AM
Brian Fitzpatrick, Google's first Chicago-based engineer and a leader in the company's work on censorship and government surveillance, is leaving the Internet giant to join chef Grant Achatz and business partner Nick Kokonas, the team behind Alinea,...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 9:09 AM
News and links from the food world this Friday afternoon:
- As we first reported Thursday, Takashi Yagihashi is closing his eponymous restaurant at year's end. That makes two Michelin-starred restaurants that have announced their closing in the last...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 12:30 PM
There's a new Michelin three-star restaurant in town. Grace, featuring the highly acclaimed chef Curtis Duffy, received the coveted top rating in the Michelin Guide Chicago 2015, whose selections were announced Tuesday.
Grace joins Alinea, which...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 7:00 PM
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....
| Nov 7, 2014
| 4:09 PM
The Michelin Guide this week serves up its judges' annual assessment of Chicago-area restaurants. As always, it should be a hefty helping of red meat — or well-prepared portobello mushroom — for those whose mouths water at the prospect of...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 12:10 PM
After 10 iterations in which Next has looked outward, creating menus inspired by cuisine from turn-of-the-century Paris, street food from Thailand and the gastronomic wonders of El Bulli chef Ferran Adria, the shape-shifting Next has adopted an inward...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 8:33 AM
What happens when you strap a GoPro camera to a bottle of Malort and pass it to an angel? Gag. You gag.
Jeppson's Malort mimicked the viral "GoPro on a bottle of Fireball at a wedding video" with an entry of their own, "GoPro on a...