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  • Buying a ticket instead of making a reservation

    Buying a ticket instead of making a reservation
    So you just read a rave restaurant review, you have an anniversary approaching and that settles it: you'll splurge on dinner for two at RPM Steak. We're sure you'll enjoy the New York Strip, the risotto with white truffles and the romance … of a 4:...
  • 'Chef Says' dishes up quips from the kitchen

    'Chef Says' dishes up quips from the kitchen
    The boss plopped "The Chef Says: Quotes, Quips and Words of Wisdom," on my desk and growled, "Gimme 300 words." "Yes, Boss," I whimpered back. Having consumed inordinate amounts of those cooking and restaurant-rehab shows larding TV and the Web,...
  • Why chefs obsess over awards

    Why chefs obsess over awards
    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....
  • Hot or not? Esquire hails Faith & Flower and Chi Spacca, TripAdvisor disses

    Hot or not? Esquire hails Faith & Flower and Chi Spacca, TripAdvisor disses
    Are we hot or are we not? This week, Esquire magazine named two local restaurants as among the best new spots in the country. But just last week, the travel website TripAdvisor released its annual 10 best list and there wasn’t a Southern...
  • Lincoln Park restaurant L2O turning into Intro, ticketed restaurant with rotating chefs

    Lincoln Park restaurant L2O turning into Intro, ticketed restaurant with rotating chefs
    UPDATE: Tickets are now on sale for Intro's first dinner series.  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...
  • Thursday food news: Chicago Firehouse, Senza, Taco Bell

    Thursday food news: Chicago Firehouse, Senza, Taco Bell
    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,...
  • Google's Brian Fitzpatrick says he's got just the ticket for Alinea

    Google's Brian Fitzpatrick says he's got just the ticket for Alinea
    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,...
  • Eating out with kids? Parents, consider these guidelines. Please.

    Eating out with kids? Parents, consider these guidelines. Please.
    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...
  • Tock ready to take restaurant ticketing national

    Tock ready to take restaurant ticketing national
    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,...
  • Restaurant review: Next's 'Trio' menu

    Restaurant review: Next's 'Trio' menu
    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...
  • Specialty foods firm to relocate to Des Plaines

    Specialty foods firm to relocate to Des Plaines
    Some of Chicago's most famous restaurants will soon receive artisanal meats, truffles and mushrooms from a warehouse on Rawls Road in Des Plaines. D'Artagnan, a New Jersey-based company that specializes in providing high-end restaurants with...