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  • Phil Vettel on Father's Day dining

    Phil Vettel on Father's Day dining
    Father's Day is Sunday, and if you haven't figured out what to do for Dear Ol' Dad, Chicago restaurants are eager to assist. Barbakoa: Father's Day prix-fixe menu, $45, includes five-course dinner and beer or sangria flight. 1341 Butterfield Road,...
  • Dining out on July 4? Better check

    Dining out on July 4? Better check
    Some of Chicago's most well-respected restaurants will be closed July 4, which is mildly surprising only because July 4 is a Friday this year. Nevertheless, many restaurants, facing a very slow day of business anyway (July 4 is great for carryout, not...
  • Dining briefs: Beard dinner, Joly wins, Cantu does beer

    Dining briefs: Beard dinner, Joly wins, Cantu does beer
    All-star collaboration: Last year, the James Beard Foundation took its act on the road with a pop-up culinary series called "Taste America." For this year’s stop in Chicago, the chefs involved are a veritable all-star team. The event will be held at...
  • New attractions draw larger crowds to Japan Festival

    New attractions draw larger crowds to Japan Festival
    Attendance at Arlington Heights' annual Japan Festival soared this year, as organizers partnered with a business group and added events geared toward younger festivalgoers, officials said. About 10,000 people attended the annual event that normally...
  • 'Top Chef Duels' to feature Stephanie Izard, Art Smith, Takashi Yagihashi and David Burke

    'Top Chef Duels' to feature Stephanie Izard, Art Smith, Takashi Yagihashi and David Burke
    The next season of "Top Chef" will debut Wednesday, Aug. 6, on Bravo. Rather than adhering to its normal formats, the upcoming season, called "Top Chef Duels," will pit former chef-testants from past seasons as well as "Top Chef Masters" against one...
  • Urban Belly, Chicago ramen forefather, to relocate to Randolph Street

    Urban Belly, Chicago ramen forefather, to relocate to Randolph Street
    Urban Belly, the Avondale restaurant that ushered Chicago into a state of ramen-awareness, is uprooting from the Northwest side and moving to — where else? — the dining epicenter that is the Randolph Street corridor. Bill Kim is the...
  • Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve

    Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve
    New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet? If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually. As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
  • Phil Vettel recommends: New Year's Day brunch

    Phil Vettel recommends: New Year's Day brunch
    I admit to an irrational fondness for New Year's Day pajama brunches. The idea of showing up for brunch in one's pjs has a certain quirky charm, and when the entire dining room, including staffers, is doing the same — let's just say that one year at...
  • Meet the Chicago chefs of 'Top Chef' Season 11

    Meet the Chicago chefs of 'Top Chef' Season 11
    There's more to come from the New Orleans-based 11th season of "Top Chef" than host Padma Lakshmi tossing the cheftestants Mardi Gras beads instead of making them draw knives. This year's cast features a rockabilly chick, a proud recipient of the title of...
  • Consuming too many food studies leaves a bad taste

     Consuming too many food studies leaves a bad taste
    Coffee is now good for you. According to a research study, it may help prevent Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's, stroke and dementia as well as help you live a little longer. But java lovers know this: Another study says that drinking three or more cups of...
  • Ready, reserved

     Ready, reserved
    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....