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  • Cicchetti has culinary cred to spare

    Cicchetti has culinary cred to spare
    There was more than one Italian restaurant to debut in December by a veteran restaurateur and a culinary dream team. I wrote about Nico Osteria, in the Gold Coast, a few weeks ago; now let's regard Cicchetti, a Streeterville restaurant that is doing...
  • 2014 James Beard Award semifinalists announced

    2014 James Beard Award semifinalists announced
    The James Beard Foundation announced its semifinalists Wednesday for the 2014 Chef and Restaurant Awards. To be clear, the actual nominees will be announced March 18 in Chicago, but this long list will give you a good idea of who may be feted May 5 in New...
  • The Publican, with new chef Cosmo Goss, to be site of 2014 James Beard Awards finalist announcement

    The Publican, with new chef Cosmo Goss, to be site of 2014 James Beard Awards finalist announcement
    A couple of news bites, both involving The Publican: First is the announcement that finalists for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards will be named at the Fulton Market restaurant on Tuesday, March 18. (All that Beard Award hubbub last week? Those...
  • Sherry Yard among six to be inducted into James Beard hall of fame

    Sherry Yard among six to be inducted into James Beard hall of fame
    Former Spago and future Helms Bakery pastry chef Sherry Yard will be among the new inductees into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, the hall of fame of the culinary world. Other honorees include...
  • 2014 James Beard Award nominations announced

    2014 James Beard Award nominations announced
    The 2014 James Beard Foundation Award nominees were revealed Tuesday morning at The Publican, and perhaps the pithiest way to sum up Chicago’s representation this year: No surprises. The major categories brought back familiar names: Spiaggia,...
  • Review: Nico Osteria

    Review: Nico Osteria
    Review: Nico Osteria 1015 N. Rush St. 312-994-7100 Rating: !!!1/2 (out of 4) Heating up She didn’t like her name. Herbert Tobias, the photographer who discovered her, agreed. “Christa Paffgen” was guttural, inelegant, a moniker...
  • Film Review: 'School of Babel'

    Within the unwarranted glut of classroom documentaries in recent years, "School of Babel" will rise to the front ranks, avoiding gratuitous cuteness in favor of a more substantive focus on the struggles of international adolescents coping with the...
  • West Loop: New and coming soon restaurants and bars

    West Loop: New and coming soon restaurants and bars
    If you thought the West Loop restaurant scene had hit its height at the end of last year with the opening of Bill Kim's Korean barbecue restaurant Belly Q and Curtis Duffy's elegant fine-dining destination Grace, you'd be mistaken. This neighborhood...
  • Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve

    Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve
    New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet? If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually. As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
  • Dining in 2013: Happy surprises, big losses

    Dining in 2013: Happy surprises, big losses
    The highs in Chicago dining this year put our city on top of the world, while the lows were unbearably sad. In between was news with a common thread: to put good food in front of Chicagoans. Here, now, our look back at the food year that was. Sad...
  • Review: Cicchetti

    Review: Cicchetti
    Review: Cicchetti 671 N. St. Clair St. 312-642-1800 Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up Chicago is in the midst of such an Italian restaurant renaissance that you can almost smell the garlic in the air. The prince of orange clogs, Mario Batali, and...