| 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;...
| 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...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 10:00 PM
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...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 8:06 AM
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...
| Feb 6, 2014
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...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 3:39 PM
Get into a conversation with Moto/iNG chef/owner Homaro Cantu, and in a tone that's both buoyant and matter-of-fact, he'll drop such nuggets as:
"With a little more tweaking, we could make orange juice in the orange without any packaging or...
| May 9, 2011
| 6:41 PM
Maybe it was the name.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.
How else do you account for its Chicago founder, Rich Melman, being nominated six consecutive times for the James Beard Foundation's outstanding restaurateur of the year award and never winning?...
| 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...
| May 31, 2011
| 12:44 PM
Patrick Fahy, the James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef at Blackbird and Avec, will be leaving his post next month.
Fahy wasn’t ready to divulge his future plans, but he said he hopes to stay in Chicago restaurants or hotels. Fahy said he would...
| Jun 8, 2011
| 2:37 PM
Pastry chef Patrick Fahy announced last week that he would be leaving Blackbird and Avec after two years on the job. Now we know where he’ll be heading next: The Sofitel.
Fahy will be joining the Gold Coast hotel in early July as executive pastry...