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  • 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,...
  • Wedding venue quiz: What's your aisle style?

    Wedding venue quiz: What's your aisle style?
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Izard, Bannos, Duffy head list of Chicago StarChefs 'Rising Stars' winners

    Izard, Bannos, Duffy head list of Chicago StarChefs 'Rising Stars' winners
    Another day, another award for Stephanie Izard. At least she has company this time. Izard, named Tuesday to Food & Wine’s annual Best New Chefs list, is among the 18 Chicago chefs, restaurateurs and beverage professionals dubbed “Rising...
  • Star chefs gather for earthquake-victim benefit at Takashi

    Star chefs gather for earthquake-victim benefit at Takashi
    While making your weekend plans, don't forget to include Monday night. Japanese-born Takashi Yagihashi is hosting a special dinner Monday at Takashi restaurant (1952 N. Damen Ave.) to benefit the victims of Japan's earthquake and subsequent tsunami....
  • Alinea named No. 6 restaurant in the world

    Alinea named No. 6 restaurant in the world
    Best in Chicago. Best in North America. Closing in on best in the world. Grant Achatz is rapidly running out of titles to secure. Alinea was named the No. 6 restaurant in the world by London-based Restaurant magazine in its annual ranking of the top...
  • At long last, Rich Melman a Beard award winner

    At long last, Rich Melman a Beard award winner
    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?...
  • How RJ Grunts (and other Chicago restaurants) got its name

    How RJ Grunts (and other Chicago restaurants) got its name
    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...
  • James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef Patrick Fahy leaving Blackbird

    James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef Patrick Fahy leaving Blackbird
    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...