| 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...
| Dec 3, 2010
When top Chicago chefs visited a Northwest Side lunchroom this fall and found bags of Tostitos with ground meat as the main course, their first instinct was to roll up their sleeves and start cooking.
Within a month, the group of chefs — who call...
| Dec 30, 2011
Close watchers of Chicago's food scene may have been surprised to learn that Alinea — one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the city and the world — failed its routine health inspection a month ago.
But what may seem like a big...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 3:10 PM
Jennifer Olvera serves up the skinny on all things edible, sippable and growable in her new book, “Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago” (Globe Pequot, $15.95).
The book contains pithy restaurant reviews, a food festival calendar, tippling...
| Jan 28, 2012
| 11:58 AM
The Jean Banchet Awards, the local Emmy's of the restaurant world, were announced in a lavish ceremony hosted by Steve Dolinsky and Alpana Singh at the Fairmont Hotel Friday night. The awards were part of the 15th annual Grand Chefs Gala. Chef Jimmy...
| Feb 2, 2012
Paul Kahan is the opposite of an enigma. He is easily explained. He is pleased by simple pleasures. He defines his life by four pillars: chef, record-store geek, husband, law-abiding citizen. Everything else is noise.
In judgment, he renders halfway...
| Jun 26, 2011
Call it the accidental road trip. Looking for a less monotonous route home from Northern California last summer, my family and I took California 99 south from Sacramento to Bakersfield and picked up Interstate 5 from there. It took a little longer, but...
| Jul 8, 2011
| 11:51 AM
Blackbird (619 W. Randolph St., 312-715-0708) has announced that Bryce Caron, executive pastry chef at Custom House restaurant, has been brought aboard as Blackbird's head pastry chef.
It's less of a job change and more of a homecoming for Caron, who was...