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  • Food calendar

    Food calendar
    Best bet: Secrets of a famous chef Grant Achatz, chef/co-owner of Alinea, and co-owner Nick Kokonas, in conversation with Eric Ferguson, discuss and sign their new book, "Life, On the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death and Redefining...
  • Drinking, from dance club to dive

    Drinking, from  dance club to dive
    Chicago’s cocktail scene has reached a crucial crossroads. Thanks to the classic cocktail revival that intoxicated New York and San Francisco before landing in Chicago five years back, drink enthusiasts have options. Classics (martinis, fizzes,...
  • Book reviews: 'Life, on the Line' by Grant Achatz; 'Blood, Bones & Butter' by Gabrielle Hamilton

    Book reviews: 'Life, on the Line' by Grant Achatz; 'Blood, Bones & Butter' by Gabrielle Hamilton
    A good restaurant runs on hunger — not just that of its customers, but also of its owners, who put in 18-hour days obsessing that every single detail must be as perfect as possible. But although the hunger of the diners is pretty simple to figure...
  • What's Next?

    What's Next?
    Recipe 695 in Auguste Escoffier's "Le Guide Culinaire" is Puree Palestine, a sunchoke and roasted hazelnut soup. The five-sentence recipe, much like the 5,011 others in the book, is rather vague. Few recipes even call for salt. Dubbed "Escoffier" for...
  • Would-be Next patrons wait in online purgatory

    Would-be Next patrons wait in online purgatory
    Last Wednesday, the night Grant Achatz's Next opened on Fulton Market, a man who lives in the neighborhood came in as the last table was being served. He casually asked for dinner, said Nick Kokonas, Achatz's business partner, who found himself explaining...
  • Alinea named No. 6 restaurant in the world

    Alinea named No. 6 restaurant in the world
    Best in Chicago. Best in North America. Closing in on best in the world. Grant Achatz is rapidly running out of titles to secure. Alinea was named the No. 6 restaurant in the world by London-based Restaurant magazine in its annual ranking of the top...
  • Phil Vettel reviews Next

    Phil Vettel reviews Next
    I visited Next looking for greatness, and I found it. Next, the sequel restaurant from Grant Achatz of Alinea, is all of 19 days old, but it hums with the grace and confidence of a veteran. Which isn't completely surprising; Achatz, partner Nick Kokonas,...
  • 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,...
  • An equipment bonanza for kitchen geeks

    An equipment bonanza for kitchen geeks
    A hand-held smoker that looks like a toy pistol, a blender that heats or cools while it whizzes your soup or smoothie, professional immersion blenders, dehydrators, whipping siphons, induction burners, sous-vide machines and vacuum sealers. As mainstream...
  • Chicago ties NYC for most AAA Five-Diamond restaurants

    Chicago ties NYC for most AAA Five-Diamond restaurants
    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...