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  • Chicago, that tippling town

    Chicago, that tippling town
    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...
  • Quiet time precious for globe-trotting chef, TV host

    Quiet time precious for globe-trotting chef, TV host
    To television viewers, Andrew Zimmern of "Bizarre Foods" 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!" said the James Beard Award-winning chef and author. "I am...
  • 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 Grunts and other notable restaurants...
  • Lawrence Letrero named chef at Tribute restaurant

    Tribute, the contemporary American restaurant aiming for a June opening in the South Loop (800 S. Michigan Ave.), already has made a chef change. Lawrence Letrero, a Kendall College culinary grad who has logged time at Karyn's On Green and Perennial,...
  • From Avenues to Grace: Curtis Duffy's new West Loop restaurant is "all about grace"

    From Avenues to Grace: Curtis Duffy's new West Loop restaurant is "all about grace"
    In January 2010, chef Curtis Duffy took a one-month sabbatical from Avenues to creatively recharge. He set a goal for himself: conceptualize one dish for every day that month (one he came up with was called “The Life Cycle of Fennel”). He...
  • 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...
  • Joel McHale brings his 'friends' to Just For Laughs

    Joel McHale brings his 'friends' to Just For Laughs
    Joel McHale's Friday show at the TBS Just For Laughs comedy festival is titled "Joel McHale & Friends and Acquaintances," but I'm not sure how accurate that is. "Some aren't even acquaintances," the "Community" star said Friday, laughing as he tried to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Island gives chef the tools he needs

    Island gives chef the tools he needs
    LUMMI ISLAND, Wash. — The cooks are assigned homework. Once a week, sometimes more, The Willows Inn chef Blaine Wetzel sends his five cooks to forage in the wild. One might be tasked with elderflowers and crab apple blossoms, his job to pluck 30...
  • Downstate plates

    Downstate plates
    No longer is Chicago just "the best place to eat between New York and San Francisco," but now it is endorsed by outsiders as one of the finest dining cities in the world. The Michelin Guide's entry into Chicago last November, plus Alinea's No. 6 ranking...