| Nov 8, 2012
Time once again for my annual exercise in humiliation, as I try to predict the star recipients in the 2013 Michelin Chicago Guide, which hits bookstores Wednesday.
This is the third year that Michelin has published a Chicago guide, and if there's one...
| Jun 7, 2012
Cupcakes are cool. But doughnuts are hot.
A handful of new and relatively new shops are producing the kind of high-quality, limited-quantity, chef-driven doughnuts that truly can be called artisanal products.
Much as cupcake specialists revolutionized...
| Sep 30, 2012
On the eighth floor of the Daley Center, behind a locked metal door, is a narrow room known as the vault.
Within its walls reside files that Cook County Circuit Court judges have ordered hidden from the public, something they have done hundreds of...
| Sep 28, 2012
564 W. Randolph St. 312-612-5640
Rating: !!! (out of four) Off to a good start
It seems like there's a new restaurant opening in the West Loop every other week these days, and Thai Dang, the chef of recently opened Embeya, is just happy to...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 1:06 PM
A lot of words have been used to describe L2O — minimalist, compelling, any superlative you care to name — but until recently, playful was not among them.
But the ascendancy of chef Matthew Kirkley at this highly regarded restaurant —...
| Jan 10, 2013
Two Asian restaurants with impressive credentials opened exactly one day apart: Embeya, a West Loop Vietnamese restaurant made its debut Sept. 11; and Jellyfish, a Gold Coast pan-Asian opened on the 12th. They're ideal for their neighborhoods; Embeya...
| Dec 27, 2012
I have this problem. I made more New Year's Eve reservations than I can use. More than 100 of them, actually.
Which is why, for the 12th straight year (and the 17th time in the past 19 years), I'll be giving them away to nimble-fingered readers who ask....
| Nov 29, 2012
Rodrick Markus reached for the top shelf of a metal cabinet at the back of his office. "I know, I know, I know," he said to himself. His fingers worked across a row of jars and stopped at a tall glass cylinder. I had asked him about rare ingredients. Rare...
| Jul 28, 2011
Cole Dickinson, the chef de cuisine at Michael Voltaggio's soon-to-open West Hollywood restaurant, Ink, got his culinary education the old-fashioned way: in the kitchen.
That might sound obvious, but it makes him something of an anomaly as the number...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Carla Corona: Pastry chef Carla Corona’s home kitchen is not particularly large, nor refined in its finishes, nor loaded with gonzo equipment. It’s humble. And to Corona, it’s perfect. A look at a modest kitchen that serves as a symbol...
| May 28, 2011
| 4:25 PM
The grass is always greener on my date’s plate. Which is why I love dining at places like Chizakaya (3056 N. Lincoln Ave.), Lakeview’s Japanese pub that opened last fall. The small, shareable plates and low lights mean your companion won...