| Jun 16, 2014
| 10:00 PM
River Roast aims for mid-July opening: Having known Spiaggia owner/chef Tony Mantuano for a decade, I’ve learned he is a chef who never minces words. So when he says that for the past year, he and chef John Hogan have worked on creating “the...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 8:39 AM
Chef Charlie Trotter will be honored on the one-year anniversary of his death with an Emeril Lagasse-hosted fundraiser to benefit the education foundation established in Trotter’s name.
“A Toast to Charlie Trotter” is scheduled for...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 12:55 PM
The challenge in visiting the Art Institute of Chicago is to get beyond the obvious. Easier said than done.
You could spend your time cruising from one iconic work to another, from "Nighthawks" to "American Gothic" to a Calder mobile overhead to Renoir'...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 11:56 AM
By now, a lot of people know about the tragedy that befell chef Dean Zanella six months ago. His wife, Mary, gave birth two twin girls (Anna Grace and Nora Joan), but complications set in and, eight days later, she died.
Tuesday, a number of Chicago's...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 6:51 AM
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday for The Hamburger Hop, a friendly competition among chefs to see who can create the most elaborate, blinged-out burger.
The Hamburger Hop, held on the Harris Theater Rooftop, began as the unofficial kickoff event...
| 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 17, 2014
| 6:42 AM
Are you ready to gorge? I can’t hear you, Chicago. I said, ARE YOU READY TO GORGE?
Food Network Magazine’s first annual Food Network in Concert takes place Saturday at Ravinia in Highland Park and will not only treat guests to music from...
| Jun 13, 2013
Summer is the sweet season for restaurants. Fresh produce is abundant, daylight lasts longer and restaurants are busier and bigger (with the addition of outdoor seats) than at any other time of the year.
So once again I'm trotting out my Summer Eating...
| Jun 27, 2013
The heat of summer 2013 took its sweet time arriving this year, even though summer officially began only last week. But as anyone in Chicago can tell you, the weather doesn't have to be ideal to make outdoor dining appealing.
Chicagoans, perhaps because...
| Sep 17, 2013
Q: How can the home cook make gelato?
—Jack Kane, Chicago
A: Yes, the home cook can make gelato. The process is pretty much the way you'd make ice cream at home. Just follow the instructions that come with your ice cream maker.
| Sep 13, 2013
1729 N. Halsted St. 312-337-6070
With Steppenwolf and The Royal George Theatre just down the street, this dining room makes a stunning setting for a pre-theater dinner or date. Former Charlie Trotter's chef Giuseppe Tentori changes the contemporary...