| May 23, 2011
| 7:48 AM
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,...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 7:24 AM
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...
| Feb 14, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Grant Achatz moved up the aisle of the plane, his carry-on draped over his gaunt frame. It was October at Reagan National Airport, a rare moment of calm for Chicago's top chef, whose wary eyes belong to a man older than 36, and whose life has been blessed...
| Feb 24, 2011
Man, I wish I'd gotten this assignment two years ago.
The task of matching Oscar-nominated films to appropriate restaurants is challenge enough, but it's even harder these days, thanks to the Academy's esteem-building decision to expand the number of...
| Mar 2, 2011
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...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 11:19 AM
“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...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 4:07 PM
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...
| Mar 3, 2011
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,...
| Mar 9, 2011
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...
| Mar 10, 2011
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...
| 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...