| Oct 24, 2013
| 3:15 PM
"Spinning Plates" is a foodie phantasmagoria and something more. On one level a series of mini-docs on a trio of wildly different eating establishments, it becomes a group portrait of the restaurant business as well as an involving look at personal dramas...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 7:01 AM
The renowned chef Thomas Keller talks about nouvelle cuisine as "personality cuisine" in the new documentary "Spinning Plates," which goes into the kitchens of three distinct American eateries to reveal the personalities behind the menus.
| Oct 24, 2013
| 1:02 PM
You want a documentary about food, restaurants and the earnest, driven chefs in the kitchen to be special, as special as the filmmakers consider their subjects. With "Spinning Plates," writer-director and Food Network alum Joseph Levy settles for breezy...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 7:54 AM
Wood is a restaurant that delivers more than it promises. The menu lists simple-sounding dishes composed of familiar ingredients, but the excitement starts when the dishes hit the table. The executive chef, Alinea alumnus Ashlee Aubin, abides by the...
| Oct 1, 2013
There's more to come from the New Orleans-based 11th season of "Top Chef" than host Padma Lakshmi tossing the cheftestants Mardi Gras beads instead of making them draw knives. This year's cast features a rockabilly chick, a proud recipient of the title of...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
To television viewers, Andrew Zimmern of "Bizarre Foods" fame 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!" says the James Beard Award-winning chef and author. "My...
| Sep 19, 2013
A mysterious blog tipped us off this morning to the possibility that Nick Kokonas, Grant Achatz and the team behind cocktail spot The Aviary and restaurants Next and Alinea had a new project in the works.
Kokonas, a partner in all three venues,...
| Sep 13, 2013
1729 N. Halsted St. 312-337-6070
With Steppenwolf and The Royal George Theatre just down the street, this dining room makes a stunning setting for a pre-theater dinner or date. Former Charlie Trotter's chef Giuseppe Tentori changes the contemporary...
| Sep 5, 2013
Chicago fashion designer Maria Pinto this week has launched her first clothing line since 2010. It's on Kickstarter, the crowd-funding website.
"There's a lot of liberating elements to doing it this way," she said. "Because I get really close to my...
| Sep 4, 2013
118 W. Grand Ave. 312-222-9700
Rating: 3.5 (out of 4) Heating up
You might not have heard of Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio, but he has 33 restaurants around the world, including Astrid y Gaston in Lima, which ranked one spot higher (#...
| Aug 19, 2013
3619 W. North Ave. 773-772-8435
Looks like: The United Nations. Head over around lunch and you'll find a cross-section of Chicago, all breaking cemita bread.
Smells like: Spit-roasted garlic- and onion-spiked meat
Sounds like: The...