| 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...
| Aug 6, 2011
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...
| Aug 25, 2011
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.
| Nov 8, 2011
| 6:34 AM
Garage sales with mismatched glassware and old power tools are pretty common. The garage sale scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Michelin-starred NAHA restaurant will be anything but common.
Dubbed the Culinary Garage Sale & Bake Sale, bargain...
| Sep 2, 2011
| 2:38 PM
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...
| Nov 10, 2011
As the second Michelin Guide for Chicago prepares to hit bookstores next week, one thing is for sure: There will be change.
There has to be. Among the 23 restaurants that received one or more stars, Sixteen (one star) saw chef Frank Brunacci depart,...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 12:08 PM
Two Chicago hotels and three restaurants have been awarded the top five-star designation in the annual Forbes Travel Guide ratings.
The honored hotels were the Four Seasons and The Peninsula, and the restaurants were Alinea, Charlie Trotter's and L2O....
| Nov 24, 2011
Over the course of a year, a camera crew followed Spanish chef Ferran Adria — aka The Man Who Launched a Thousand Foams — as he and his kitchen staff developed and honed the new menu for the 2009 season, resulting in the film "El Bulli:...
| May 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
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...
| Dec 11, 2011
| 7:16 PM
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...