| Oct 9, 2014
| 4:01 PM
On Thursday, October 9, acclaimed chef Rick Bayless will share with Blue Sky Innovation how he has stayed true to his vision as he has built a restaurant, food and media empire. Bayless joins the Chicago Tribune’s Colin McMahon at the National...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 10:00 PM
You've already waited in line for popcorn at Garrett. You've endured verbal abuse at The Wieners Circle. And you've devoured the Chicago classic that is the Italian beef sandwich (Al's #1 and Johnnie's being the best, depending on who you ask).
| May 6, 2014
| 5:06 AM
Chicago chefs and restaurants continued their streak of a respectable showing at the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards. The annual awards gala, dubbed the “Oscars” of the American culinary scene, was held Monday in New York.
| May 7, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Topolobampo is approaching its 25th birthday (toward the end of the year) looking very much like a restaurant gearing up for 25 more.
It's not just that the cooking is at the highest level that I've ever seen, although that's certainly the case. Chef de...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 1:43 PM
President Obama revealed the first family's snack favorites during a recent appearance at a White House event promoting healthy eating and attended by school children from across the country. Can you guess his?
"My big thing, chips and guacamole,''...
| Aug 31, 2014
If it's a cliche to say you will know a people by the food they eat, then that's a cliche I joyously embrace. When the Tribune posted me to Mexico as a foreign correspondent in 1994, I greedily ate my way to as deep an understanding of the country as I...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 8:49 PM
Chicago, you likely have figured out by now, has more than its expected share of theaters and cutting-edge restaurants.
This week at the Goodman Theatre, you can see a relatively rare collaboration between the two dominant local cultural industries....
| Sep 15, 2014
| 9:36 AM
Chefs Adrienne Lo and Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice and Rick Bayless of Topolobampo are among the chefs to receive 2014 Trailblazing Chef Awards from Cooking Light magazine. The honorees were chosen by the magazine’s editors to honor innovative chefs...
| Oct 10, 2013
Alexa Vega, now 25, obviously looks much different as a scantily clad badass in “Machete Kills” than she did 13 years ago when the film’s director Robert Rodriguez first started working with her on “Spy Kids.” Yet the...
| Nov 3, 2013
(Editor's note: This is a longer version of a story that appeared in the Chicago Tribune's Sunday features section.)
Deann Groen Bayless has spent nearly three decades in the Chicago restaurant business and says she has never felt dismissed or...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 11:07 AM
The Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence — the local Emmys equivalent to the James Beard Foundation Awards — is the annual ceremony celebrating the achievements in Chicago’s restaurant community. This year’s nominees were...