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  • Review: Human drama is on the menu in engaging 'Spinning Plates'

    "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...
  • Review: 'Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie' edited by Peggy Wolff

    Review: 'Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie' edited by Peggy Wolff
    "If each of all of the races which have subsisted in the vast Middle West could contribute one dish to one great Midwestern cauldron, it is certain that we'd have therein a most foreign and gigantic stew." -------------------- This piece first ran in...
  • Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve

    Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve
    New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet? If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually. As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
  • Fine dining in diapers

    Fine dining in diapers
    Alinea chef Grant Achatz ignited debate over a baby ban in posh restaurants after a crying tot spoiled other guests’ dinner. It seems readers’ advice in this 2009 Parent ‘Hood column is as relevant as ever. Parent advice Keep your...
  • Children in restaurants, a delicate dining dance

    Children in restaurants, a delicate dining dance
    The owner of exclusive Chicago restaurant Alinea recently sparked a national debate after he wondered on Twitter whether children might need to be banned from his dining room. The tweet came after a couple brought their infant to his establishment and the...
  • Charlie Trotter: Remembering Chicago's fine-dining godfather

    Charlie Trotter: Remembering Chicago's fine-dining godfather
    I was 6 years old when Charlie Trotter opened his restaurant. While I was chomping on PBJ school lunches in 1987, he was creating elaborate multi-course meals that would earn countless awards and put Chicago on the map as a fine-dining destination....
  • Charlie Trotter dies at 54; put Chicago on foodies' radar

    Charlie Trotter dies at 54; put Chicago on foodies' radar
    Renowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, an inspirational and notoriously mercurial figure whose eponymous restaurant became an international destination and who pioneered a bold, distinctly American form of haute cuisine, has died. He was 54. Rescue...
  • Charlie Trotter, Chicago's revolutionary chef, helped push others to great success

    Charlie Trotter, Chicago's revolutionary chef, helped push others to great success
    Before there was “Top Chef,” “MasterChef” or “Iron Chef,” before chefs were multimedia celebrities who could monetize their volcanic personalities, before “farm-to-table” and “American cuisine”...
  • Peruvian decoded at Tanta

    Peruvian decoded at Tanta
    Three-month-old Tanta, in River North, is easily Chicago's most accomplished Peruvian restaurant, elevating the cuisine — a melting pot that claims Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, African and ancient Incan influences — to the level of fine dining....
  • Mini-review: The Dawson

    Mini-review: The Dawson
    Update: Chef Rene De Leon recently left The Dawson. The restaurant released the following a statement on Nov. 19: “The Dawson announces the departure of chef Rene De Leon and the promotion of current sous chef Patrick Russ (most recently at Next...
  • Chef changes at the Lord Baltimore Hotel

    Chef changes at the Lord Baltimore Hotel
    Michael Carstens is the new executive chef for the Lord Baltimore Hotel. The chef, whose local experience includes stints at Harryman House in Reisterstown and Alizee American Bistro, will head all of the food and beverage operations at the recently...