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  • Go Away With ... Andrew Zimmern

    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...
  • Let's break out the old crystal ball

     Let's break out the old crystal ball
    Time once again for my annual exercise in humiliation, as I try to predict the star recipients in the 2013 Michelin Chicago Guide, which hits bookstores Wednesday. This is the third year that Michelin has published a Chicago guide, and if there's one...
  • Memoir blends food and comics

    Memoir blends food and comics
    The hardest thing to accept about Lucy Knisley's "Relish: My Life in the Kitchen," the lovely new graphic food memoir from the former Chicago cartoonist, is that Knisley grew up to be a cartoonist at all. In the early pages, we see an adolescent, big-...
  • Fanciful food swap

    Fanciful  food swap
    Two of the most acclaimed chefs in the nation have embarked on an extraordinary, unprecedented switcheroo. By the time you read this, Grant Achatz of Alinea will have completed a five-night stretch of cooking his food at Eleven Madison Park in New York....
  • Iliana in Wonderland

    Iliana in Wonderland
    At one point of a dinner at Elizabeth restaurant, I was served a dark and rich maitake-mushroom tea (really a clarified broth) while a pure-white device on the table played Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit." Which made me think that chef/owner Iliana...
  • Bring on brunch

    Bring on brunch
    Though Sunday brunch is a year-round option, warm and sunny weather is what brings out the crowds. I can attest to that, having spent most of the last 10 fairly miserable (weatherwise) weekends hitting one brunch after another; I don't think I found a...
  • Phil Vettel: Four stars for Grace

    Phil Vettel: Four stars for Grace
    Given chef Curtis Duffy's curriculum vitae — his work at Alinea, the two Michelin stars awarded to Avenues restaurant on Duffy's watch — there really wasn't any question whether Grace, Duffy's first solo effort, would be good. Just how good....
  • Four stars for Next's Vegan menu

    Four stars for Next's Vegan menu
    Chicago has seen vegetarian restaurants before, and vegetable menus before, but nothing, not even the vegetable tasting menus that Charlie Trotter offered during his long career, compares to the Vegan menu currently featured at Next. In more than 20...
  • Ex-Chicagoan conquers Mexican food

    Ex-Chicagoan conquers Mexican food
    NEW YORK — Rarely smiling or saying more than was necessary as he created a twisting column of chocolate ganache or turned peanut butter into powder, Alex Stupak was an intense figure in Grant Achatz's intense kitchen as Alinea's opening pastry...
  • 'World's 50 Best' drops Alinea to 15th; El Celler de Can Roca is numero uno

    'World's 50 Best' drops Alinea to 15th; El Celler de Can Roca is numero uno
    For the first time in three years, there’s a new restaurant on top of the world. In a mild upset, El Celler de Can Roca, in Girona, Spain, took top honors at Restaurant Magazine’s annual “World’s 50 Best Restaurants" awards...
  • 50 Best Restaurants: The U.S. did better than you think, and where Thomas Keller ate after

    50 Best Restaurants: The U.S. did better than you think, and where Thomas Keller ate after
    An American restaurant may not have walked off with the top spot on this year's World's 50 Best Restaurants list awards, which was sponsored by San Pellegrino and held in London on Sunday night, but the United States tied with France for most...