| Apr 15, 2015
| 10:37 AM
In 2005, just about every top food writer in America visited Chicago, and three chefs drew them here.
First, of course, was Grant Achatz, whose restaurant, Alinea, was inspiring cover stories even before it opened in May that year. But writers also...
| Apr 13, 2015
| 8:41 AM
Chicago, city of the big shoulders, is getting a head-to-toe makeover in a new national television campaign launching today.
Forget about hog butcher, tool maker and stacker of wheat. Chicago is being depicted as a hotbed of music festivals, hipsters,...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 8:14 AM
For the fourth consecutive year, Elite Traveler magazine has rated Alinea (1723 N. Halsted St., 312-867-0110) as the very best in the world.
The rankings are based on a private, annual poll conducted by Elite Traveler, a "private jet lifestyle...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 2:08 PM
Bread & Wine (3734 W. Irving Park Rd., 773-866-5266) announced Thursday that it has appointed Caleb Trahan, an alum of Alinea and Table, Donkey & Stick, as its new executive chef.
Before coming to Chicago to work as Alinea's chef de partie, Trahan...
| Feb 26, 2015
New rotating chef restaurant Intro begins with California chef CJ Jacobson.
2300 N. Lincoln Park West 773-868-0002
Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start
For a lot of restaurants in Chicago, the first year in business looks a...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 10:00 PM
New- and old-school sensibilities unite at Formento's.
925 W. Randolph St. 312-690-7295
Rating: !!!! (out of 4) Already hot
There are a lot of things Chicago doesn't need more of: potholes, corruption, red light cameras and polar...
| 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....
| Jan 27, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Next restaurant, which morphs from one cuisine to another three times each year, has always promised, and always delivered, a culinary adventure. With "Bistro," the 13th menu in Next's glittering four-year career, it is the customer who chooses the...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 9:50 AM
Epicurean travelers looking for a getaway in the spring need to check out the Broadmoor Hotel's inaugural "Taste & Savor" event, scheduled for March 5-8.
The weekend's seminars will include a caviar tasting, new ways to prepare vegetables and throwing...
| Jan 19, 2015
| 10:29 AM
Q: We had a recipe for prune ketchup when I was a young boy. It goes great with venison. Would anyone have a great recipe?
— Jim Statler, Yakima, Wash.
A: Yes, indeed. Grant Achatz, the star chef of Chicago's Alinea, had a recipe for prune...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 10:00 PM
AAA (American Automobile Association) announced this year's five-diamond and four-diamond restaurant and hotel winners Friday, and, once again, Chicago is sitting pretty.
Chicago netted six five-diamond restaurants, all repeat winners; only New York...