| 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 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...
| 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...
| Jul 13, 2011
The celebrity New York chef travels the world to discover its most exotic dishes. You can catch him on the Travel Channel's "No Reservations," now in its seventh season. Here he offers his view of the Midwest's culinary landscape.
Q: On "No Reservations,...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 11:19 AM
“I want to have the best restaurant in the country. I want to obtain that third Michelin star.”
If it isn’t clear chef Curtis Duffy wants to be uttered in the same breath as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and his former boss Grant...
| Aug 29, 2011
| 12:06 PM
Our friends at Franks 'N' Dawgs have informed us of a rather exciting development: The Lincoln Park spot will be the first hot-dog stand in Chicago to start a charcuterie program.
Chef Joe Doren certainly has the chops. He worked with Jared Van Camp when...
| Sep 19, 2011
Who eats: This West Loop dining room pulls in business types, a surprising number of students and the occasional mild-mannered reporter.
Why eat: Blackbird is one of the finest restaurants in the country (multiple James Beard nominations) as well as...
| Sep 14, 2011
| 7:21 AM
If you've already got your tickets to the fourth annual Chicago Gourmet, which takes place Sept. 24 and 25 in Millennium Park, here's a way to plan your assault on the two-day food and wine festival.
The Illinois Restaurant Association, which organizes...
| 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...