| Oct 14, 2014
| 7:18 AM
The thing about the restaurant industry is: "You never know." Cicchetti, the Streeterville restaurant with an impressive pedigree of kitchen talent, a restaurant our critic Phil Vettel gave three stars, has succumbed to the realities of the profit-loss...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 12:38 PM
“We’re talking about a business with something like a 95 percent failure rate,” Kevin Boehm said. “We’re always nervous when we open a restaurant.”
His business partner Rob Katz jumped in: “We’ll never...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Chef Brian Huston knew he was in trouble at the pre-opening party for his new Evanston restaurant Boltwood. "It was so loud," he said.
"It was terrible," agreed partner John Kim. "But we weren't not going to open."
So the 70-seat farm-to-table...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 10:18 AM
Chicago’s ramen culture has gone from zero to 100 in about a decade. Now, Bill Kim, the man who helped usher those noodles into local mainstream status with Urban Belly, is holding a ramen festival that will feature some of the city’s...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 7:47 AM
Tipping seems like a simple transaction between two parties. You eat at a restaurant, you experience good service, and in a show of gratitude you voluntarily leave the server a bonus $5 gratuity, a monetary pat on the back for a job well done.
| Aug 8, 2014
| 6:30 AM
It's not happening until mid-October, but tickets are on sale -- and going quickly -- for the three-day Food & Wine Festival Oct. 14-16 at Eataly (43 E. Ohio St.).
The big event of the three-day festival is a "Wine Around," a stand-up event from 6-10 p....
| Sep 11, 2014
| 8:12 AM
Today's food news are brought to you by the letter B.
- Anytime a new Boka group restaurant is announced, the question comes up: Which bold-faced entity (in the vein of a Stephanie Izard, Paul Virant, Lee Wolen) will they bring on? In the case of its...
| Mar 20, 2014
If the culinary world had a "Three Tenors"-like tour, it couldn't do much better than chefs Ferran Adria, Andoni Luis Aduriz and Grant Achatz — and the music likely would make your head spin.
Adria was the chef of Spain's El Bulli, which topped...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 11:35 AM
In 10 short years, Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz have gone from being fledgling restaurateurs to being the Chicago restaurateurs everyone wants to work for.
It's not just that their restaurants are successful, though that's certainly the case. Boka...
| 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...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 10:47 AM
I've always liked hotel bars. In college in Indiana, my friends and I could often be found at the Fluttering Duck, an Irish pub attached to a small inn on the edge of campus. Early in my newspaper career, co-workers and I would drink bourbon at a...