| 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 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 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 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 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,...
| 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...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 7:13 AM
The Bocuse d'Or, considered by some as the Olympic Games of cooking competitions, has named Alinea chef Grant Achatz as honorary president of the Bocuse jury. The competition takes place every other year and will be held Jan. 27-28, 2015, in Lyon, France....
| Oct 10, 2014
| 12:44 PM
I case you missed this on my Facebook page, Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel won a TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award and ranked at No. 5 in the overall list of Top 25 restaurants in the U.S. The honor is noteworthy for many reasons,...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 10:44 AM
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...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
This Lincoln Square restaurant serves a family-style meal every Sunday. Choose three out of the six entrees, which on a recent Sunday included butternut squash risotto, pulled pork and a mixed green salad with apples and hazelnuts. The meal...