| Nov 8, 2012
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...
| Aug 31, 2012
Editor's Note: In the time since our review, Bonsoiree has closed.
2728 W. Armitage Ave. 773-486-7511
Rating: 2.5 stars (out of four) Take it or leave it
Beverly Kim was perhaps the most controversial contestant on "Top Chef: Texas"...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 7:23 PM
Cookbook writing is in its heyday and writing about food and cooking and families has never been more popular. Books such as "Julia and Julia: 365 Days, 534 Recipes and 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen" have even been made into mainstream movies. Cooking and food...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 8:07 AM
For its latest menu, Next restaurant invested in a special piece of cooking equipment.
A Weber kettle grill.
Standing alongside the recirculating thermal circulators, Anti-Griddles, Sonicpreps and other high-tech gizmos that populate Next's high-tech...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 7:10 AM
Andrew Brochu is the new chef at Graham Elliot’s flagship restaurant.
Brochu’s hiring, which will be announced to staff this afternoon at the Gallery District restaurant, is the clearest sign yet Elliot is eschewing the playful, cheeky...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 5:18 AM
The AAA Five- and Four-Diamond Awards for restaurants and hotels were announced this morning, and Chicago wound up tied with New York with the most five-diamond restaurants in North America.
All of Chicago's Five-Diamond restaurants or hotels were repeat...
| Sep 27, 2012
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...
| Feb 22, 2012
Next is, without doubt, a unique restaurant. And it requires, for better and for worse, a unique approach to review.
Because Next changes its concept every 13 weeks or so (exception: the El Bulli menu, which launched in February, continues through May...
| Feb 23, 2012
When Charlie Trotter announced, just past the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day, that he would be closing his eponymous Chicago restaurant at the end of August, quite a few people vowed to get to Charlie Trotter's, one last time or even for the very...
| Mar 11, 2012
The first rule of business — any business — is this: Do what you do well.
And what Chicago does well is drink.
Oh, there are other things to be sure (architecture! comedy! baseball!), but in this city, booze is as much a business as it is...
| Aug 2, 2012
Graham Elliot is hot.
The much-decorated chef owns three Chicago restaurants and will be inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame in two weeks. He shares screen time with Joe Bastianich and Gordon Ramsay judging "MasterChef" (just renewed for a...