| 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...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 3:43 PM
The 2014 James Beard Foundation Award nominees were revealed Tuesday morning at The Publican, and perhaps the pithiest way to sum up Chicago’s representation this year: No surprises.
The major categories brought back familiar names: Spiaggia,...
| Feb 27, 2014
'There's a saying," says chef extraordinaire Rick Bayless, "that every Mexican recipe begins, 'First you brown the onions and garlic.'"
Well, in the themed menu being featured (along with the regular menu) at Topolobampo, that isn't happening. The menu,...
| Feb 27, 2014
RESTRICTIONS ON INGREDIENTS
In the interest of historical accuracy, Topolobampo chef de cuisine Andres Padilla and his team only used ingredients available in Mexico in 1491.
Wheat and flour
| Feb 27, 2014
If Topolobampo's "Mexico City 1491" menu intrigues you, but you're not ready to commit to a full evening of pre-Spanish Mexican dining, there's good news.
Along with the themed menu, which runs through March 29, Topolobampo has unveiled a new regular...
| Nov 11, 2011
| 2:35 PM
Chilly weather demands hot chocolate to warm to body and soul and chefs have been happily stirring up variations on the concept ever since the Spaniards returned to Europe with chocolate from Mexico. Moctezuma and friends revered cacao, had a god of cacao...
| May 9, 2011
| 6:41 PM
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?...
| May 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
What’s in a name? For recent James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Rich Melman, it began 40 years ago with an involuntary emission of sound, which led to his restaurant empire. Here's the story of how RJ Grunts and other notable restaurants...
| Dec 27, 2011
| 8:12 AM
While you polished off the Christmas goose, the Tribune food staff was hard at work...
Phil Vettel, Chris Borrelli and Kevin Pang recaps the highlights and lowlights of Chicago dining in 2011. [LINK]
Kevin Pang writes that at Svea in Andersonville,...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 3:10 PM
Jennifer Olvera serves up the skinny on all things edible, sippable and growable in her new book, “Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago” (Globe Pequot, $15.95).
The book contains pithy restaurant reviews, a food festival calendar, tippling...