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  • Deconstructing chef Adria

    Deconstructing chef Adria
    Over the course of a year, a camera crew followed Spanish chef Ferran Adria — aka The Man Who Launched a Thousand Foams — as he and his kitchen staff developed and honed the new menu for the 2009 season, resulting in the film "El Bulli:...
  • From Avenues to Grace: Curtis Duffy's new West Loop restaurant is "all about grace"

    From Avenues to Grace: Curtis Duffy's new West Loop restaurant is "all about grace"
    In January 2010, chef Curtis Duffy took a one-month sabbatical from Avenues to creatively recharge. He set a goal for himself: conceptualize one dish for every day that month (one he came up with was called “The Life Cycle of Fennel”). He...
  • City health inspections tough even for toniest of restaurants

    City health inspections tough even for toniest of restaurants
    Close watchers of Chicago's food scene may have been surprised to learn that Alinea — one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the city and the world — failed its routine health inspection a month ago. But what may seem like a big...
  • Quiet time precious for globe-trotting chef, TV host

    Quiet time precious for globe-trotting chef, TV host
    To television viewers, Andrew Zimmern of "Bizarre Foods" is known as that guy who'll eat anything. And he'd like Americans to give it a shot too. "Open up and expand your horizons, people!" said the James Beard Award-winning chef and author. "I am...
  • Island gives chef the tools he needs

    Island gives chef the tools he needs
    LUMMI ISLAND, Wash. — The cooks are assigned homework. Once a week, sometimes more, The Willows Inn chef Blaine Wetzel sends his five cooks to forage in the wild. One might be tasked with elderflowers and crab apple blossoms, his job to pluck 30...
  • Downstate plates

    Downstate plates
    No longer is Chicago just "the best place to eat between New York and San Francisco," but now it is endorsed by outsiders as one of the finest dining cities in the world. The Michelin Guide's entry into Chicago last November, plus Alinea's No. 6 ranking...
  • Alinea named World's Top Restaurant

    Alinea (1723 N. Halsted St., 312-867-0110) has just been named the World's Top Restaurant by Elite Traveler magazine. Like this place wasn't tough enough to get into before. In a clear attempt to upstage Restaurant Magazine's annual "World's 50 Best...
  • New Top 100 restaurants list includes Charleston and Volt

    New Top 100 restaurants list includes Charleston and Volt
    Two Maryland restaurants — Cindy Wolf's Charleston in Baltimore and Briand Voltaggio's Volt in Frederick — are on a newly published list of the Top 100 Restaurants in America. The fifth annual Top 100 Restaurants in America for 2012 were...
  • From Bayless in 'Cascabel' to Achatz at Next, all the tables a stage

    From Bayless in 'Cascabel' to Achatz at Next, all the tables a stage
    Most Chicago actors do not bring their own Bunsen burners to the rehearsal room. But then, Rick Bayless — the creator of the phenomenally popular Chicago restaurants Topolobampo and Frontera Grill and a chef who embraced celebrity long before it...
  • Chicago, that tippling town

    Chicago, that tippling town
    The first rule of business — any business — is this: Do what you do well. And what Chicago does well is drink. Oh, there are other things to be sure (architecture! comedy! baseball!), but in this city, booze is as much a business as it is...
  • Oh, the places they didn't go

    Oh, the places they didn't go
    When Charlie Trotter announced, just past the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day, that he would be closing his eponymous Chicago restaurant at the end of August, quite a few people vowed to get to Charlie Trotter's, one last time or even for the very...