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  • Pizza review: Stella Barra

    Pizza review: Stella Barra
    Stella Barra 1954 N. Halsted St. 773-634-4101 Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4) Push. I've heard a lot of great chefs say it. Push through the pain. Push forward. Push past your limits. Nothing is impossible if you push. The difference between the...
  • 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...
  • Forty years of Rich's restaurants. Your favorite?

    Forty years of Rich's restaurants. Your favorite?
    The 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards, those Oscars of the food world, were handed out in New York Monday evening, and a perennial nominee took home a well-deserved prize: Richard Melman, head honcho of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises received the...
  • 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?...
  • Some up-and-coming chefs are skipping culinary school

    Some up-and-coming chefs are skipping culinary school
    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...
  • Melmans, Rancics to partner on new restaurant

    Melmans, Rancics to partner on new restaurant
    We now know the fate of the Ben Pao space (52 W. Illinois St.), which is closing in two weeks. The Melman siblings (RJ, Jerrod, Molly) will partner with Bill and Giuliana Rancic to create an Italian restaurant in the space. Think there will be a...
  • Chicago ties NYC for most AAA Five-Diamond restaurants

    Chicago ties NYC for most AAA Five-Diamond restaurants
    The AAA Five- and Four-Diamond Awards for restaurants and hotels were announced this morning, and Chicago wound up tied with New York with the most five-diamond restaurants in North America. All of Chicago's Five-Diamond restaurants or hotels were repeat...
  • Chicago nabs two five-star hotels, three restaurants from Forbes Travel Guide

    Chicago nabs two five-star hotels, three restaurants from Forbes Travel Guide
    Two Chicago hotels and three restaurants have been awarded the top five-star designation in the annual Forbes Travel Guide ratings. The honored hotels were the Four Seasons and The Peninsula, and the restaurants were Alinea, Charlie Trotter's and L2O....
  • How clout keeps court cases secret

    How clout keeps court cases secret
    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...
  • Review: Embeya

    Review: Embeya
    Review: Embeya 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...
  • Are prix fixe menus worthwhile?

     
    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&#...