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  • How RJ Grunts (and other Chicago restaurants) got its name

    How RJ Grunts (and other Chicago restaurants) got its name
    What’s in a name? For recent James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Rich Melman, it began 40 years ago with an involuntary emission of sound, which led to his restaurant empire. Here's the story of how RJ GruntsĀ and other notable restaurants...
  • 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...
  • Curtis Duffy to leave Avenues, open own restaurant in West Loop

    Curtis Duffy to leave Avenues, open own restaurant in West Loop
    “I want to have the best restaurant in the country. I want to obtain that third Michelin star.” If it isn’t clear chef Curtis Duffy wants to be uttered in the same breath as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and his former boss Grant...
  • Avenues to close indefinitely after chef Curtis Duffy leaves Saturday

    Avenues to close indefinitely after chef Curtis Duffy leaves Saturday
    Chef Curtis Duffy will cook his final service at Avenues Saturday, and after that, the two-Michelin star flagship restaurant of The Peninsula Hotel will close indefinitely. Avenues will be searching for a new chef de cuisine in the interim. According...
  • From Paris to sizzling Bangkok

    From Paris to sizzling Bangkok
    Next, the shape-shifting restaurant by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas (the principals at world-famous Alinea), dazzled diners with its inaugural "Paris 1906" menu. For an encore, the kitchen went about as far afield as possible. To Bangkok, in fact. "We...
  • The food world on a map

    The food world on a map
    It’s a long way from Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck outside London, to Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., at least in miles, even via plane. But it’s not far at all if you travel conceptually, via lines of food...
  • Why the Next review differs

    Why the Next review differs
    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...
  • City health inspections tough even for toniest of restaurants

    City health inspections tough even for toniest of restaurants
    Close watchers of Chicago's food scene may have been surprised to learn that Alinea — one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the city and the world — failed its routine health inspection a month ago. But what may seem like a big...
  • Alinea named World's Top Restaurant

    Alinea (1723 N. Halsted St., 312-867-0110) has just been named the World's Top Restaurant by Elite Traveler magazine. Like this place wasn't tough enough to get into before. In a clear attempt to upstage Restaurant Magazine's annual "World's 50 Best...
  • 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...
  • 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...