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  • Scaling the heights

    Scaling the heights
    Can a four-star meal begin with fried smelts and end with a Butterfinger bar? My last dinner at Sixteen says yes. These are uncertain times for four-star dining in Chicago. Since last September, four previous top-rated restaurants have closed up shop...
  • Front row at the World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards

     
    A few surprises on the 'World's 50 Best Restaurants' list...
  • Charlie Trotter preaches excellence to the extreme

    Charlie Trotter preaches excellence to the extreme
    Graham Elliot was an aspiring young cook in the late '90s carrying steaks to a party of 20 in the Charlie Trotter's Studio Kitchen when the restaurant's brilliant, mercurial owner stopped him in the hallway and grabbed one of the pieces of meat. "He...
  • Charlie Trotter's pressure cooker

    Charlie Trotter's pressure cooker
    Everyone knows Charlie Trotter as the chef of Charlie Trotter's. It's his name, his restaurant, and he's the boss. But that title “chef” has many meanings, and Trotter has embodied just about all of them during his 25 years at Charlie Trotter'...
  • Charlie Trotter gets ready to hang it up

    Charlie Trotter gets ready to hang it up
    Charlie Trotter says he first thought of closing his namesake restaurant after his plane sat on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. “I realized really how fragile the world is,” he reflects. “I love what I...
  • 5 Questions for Flynn McGarry

     
    5 Questions for 13-year-old Flynn McGarry...
  • Achatz sees chance to put vision in focus

    Achatz sees chance to put vision in focus
    So much ink has been spilled chronicling the life and career of Grant Achatz, the most-honored chef and best-known cancer survivor in Chicago, if not the country, one wonders if there are stories left to tell. Two things suggest that there are. One,...
  • Alinea No. 7 on 2012 World's 50 Best Restaurants list

    To the extent that being named one of the 10 best restaurants in the world can possibly be disappointing, Monday's announcement that Alinea was number seven on the list was a bit of a letdown. Alinea, you see, was number six on the 2011 list, having...
  • No complaints about nitropubs

    No complaints about nitropubs
    The first time I had steak tartare was at Maude's Liquor Bar. Hardly a late bloomer when it comes to the wonder of raw beef and runny egg  -- I was only 24. But if it hadn't been for the drinks, the crushing crowd at the bar, the desperate rush for late...
  • Fake Grant Achatz recipes appear on a Kellogg's site

    Fake Grant Achatz recipes appear on a Kellogg's site
    K, e, double-L, oh, double-Good Grief, what are you people thinking? Today on Facebook, Alinea partner Nick Kokonas posted a link to snackpicks.com, a recipe website owned by Kellogg's, listing "Chef Grant Actatz' Sweet Potato Toppers." The presumably...
  • Kellogg-Achatz mystery solved; recipes legit, agreement expired

    We know more about the minor flap that ensued when a couple of recipes attributed to Alinea chef Grant Achatz (one was credited to a chef Grant Actatz) surfaced on a Kellogg-owned website. The recipes, which called for the use of Keebler Town House...