| Mar 18, 2014
| 3:43 PM
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,...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Location, location, location: The old adage doesn't just apply to real estate holdings. When you're choosing the venue for your wedding, the setting establishes the tone for the whole shebang. Take our quiz and find out which up-and-coming venues fit...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 8:27 AM
A miracle is a coincidence you know can't be a coincidence. How else could Carlos Gaytan explain what happened 17 months ago — with his West Town restaurant Mexique spiraling into debt, he and his wife, Iliamar, decided it could no longer go on....
| Apr 2, 2014
| 8:52 AM
Patrick Fahy, three-time semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's outstanding pastry chef award (finalist in 2011) is well-known to Chicago dining fans. In the past five years, Fahy has been executive pastry chef at Blackbird, Avec and The Publican;...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 4:33 PM
Before his 31st birthday, Jason Wu had dressed a first lady for a presidential inaugural ball not once but twice, making him the youngest designer to have a gown displayed in "The First Ladies" exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 5:41 AM
A new bakery has opened up in Merchants Square.
The Blackbird Bakery has taken up shop in the space formerly occupied by the Nancy Thomas Gallery. It’s owned and operated by David Everett, who also owns The Trellis Restaurant, DoG Street Pub and...
| Oct 16, 2013
Didn't make it to Venice again this year? Not in the cards? (Or the budget?)
Content yourself instead with a taste of that romantic Italian city. After all, we eat to remember travels; why not eat to summon visions we've not yet enjoyed?
Venice has a...
| Nov 15, 2013
South Floridians may be used to Americanized Asian food like that served at Pei Wei, but the LuckyRice Festival aims to show them what authentic Asian food is like.
"I want to introduce the people of Miami to great Asian cuisine, and show them what...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 11:07 AM
The Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence — the local Emmys equivalent to the James Beard Foundation Awards — is the annual ceremony celebrating the achievements in Chicago’s restaurant community. This year’s nominees were...
| Dec 13, 2013
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...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 6:30 PM
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...