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  • James Beard, campfire boy

    James Beard, campfire boy
    James Beard came from Portland, Ore. Which is culturally prescient. He had his pretensions; his first book extolled the value of pint-sized cocktail-party creations. But the man also liked to camp. He retained fond memories of pulling shellfish from the Pacific with his parents, cooking chowders and salmon over open fires on Oregon beaches. He would always claim he liked the smell and feel of a meal cooked outdoors the best.
  • Mike Sheerin named Embeya's new executive chef

    Mike Sheerin named Embeya's new executive chef
    Nearly 10 days after announcing the location for his new dumpling restaurant Packed, Mike Sheerin has been named executive chef of Embeya (564 W. Randolph St., 312-612-5640). The restaurant's partners and owners Attila Gyulai and Komal Patel made the...

    Vettel: How Cantu changed Chicago's culinary scene

    Vettel: How Cantu changed Chicago's culinary scene
    In 2005, just about every top food writer in America visited Chicago, and three chefs drew them here. First, of course, was Grant Achatz, whose restaurant, Alinea, was inspiring cover stories even before it opened in May that year. But writers also...

    Beard awards draws nation's restaurant critics. Where will they eat?

     Beard awards draws nation's restaurant critics. Where will they eat?
    If you were a hungry restaurant critic flying into Chicago for arguably the biggest culinary event of the year, where would you eat? Over the next few days, the James Beard Foundation Awards ceremony at the Lyric Opera's Civic Opera House, which takes...

    The 2015 James Beard Awards: pig roasts and Alton Brown on guitar

    The 2015 James Beard Awards: pig roasts and Alton Brown on guitar
    For the first time in its 25-year history, the James Beard Awards, which concluded Monday night, were held not in New York City but in Chicago. And boy, did Chicago roll out the red carpet for the restaurant awards. (The journalism and book awards took...