| Dec 8, 2014
| 8:34 AM
Vie (4471 Lawn Ave., 708 246-2082) in Western Springs is hosting a Revolution Brewing Beer Dinner ($125) on Dec. 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Chef Paul Virant’s six-course menu pairs Midwestern fare with some of the brewery’s seasonal offerings....
| Nov 18, 2014
| 2:00 PM
The third Thursday in November is when Beaujolais Nouveau gets its official annual release. Beaujolais is a light, fruity, food-friendly and inexpensive wine, ready to enjoy immediately, preferably chilled. Truth be told, it's not a very interesting...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 3:00 AM
In August, restaurateurs Billy Lawless and Paul Virant separately opened casual concepts aimed at very specific audiences.
Lawless, who owns The Gage and The Dawson, closed Henri, his fine-dining French restaurant, in June to create the more...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 1:47 PM
From pizza and Italian beef sandwiches to award-winning, locally sourced cuisine, more change is coming to the Hinsdale restaurant scene.
James Beard Award-nominated chef Paul Virant, along with business partner Glen Gardner, plan to open Vistro, a...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
This Lincoln Square restaurant serves a family-style meal every Sunday. Choose three out of the six entrees, which on a recent Sunday included butternut squash risotto, pulled pork and a mixed green salad with apples and hazelnuts. The meal...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 2:02 PM
Dean Schmiedt, a 64-year-old pharmaceutical consultant from Fort Ripley, Minn., was all set to fly to Chicago Friday with his psychologist wife, Karleen, for their third straight Chicago Gourmet when they arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 1:45 PM
No. 3 from Virant: Paul Virant, who was nominated for a James Beard Award for best chef in the Great Lakes region, is opening his third restaurant. Vistro is scheduled to open in Hinsdale (112 S. Washington St.) in late summer, and will offer “an...
| 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
| 8:14 AM
The city's first "culinary" brewery is set to debut, but don't expect its ingredient-heavy beers on liquor store shelves or at most bars. Moody Tongue beers, appropriately enough, will be on tap at the city's most adventurous restaurants.
| Jul 16, 2014
| 4:30 AM
ROME -- The 67th Locarno Film Festival has unveiled a promising lineup, which sees particularly strong presences from both North and South America, more established auteurs competing alongside lots of newcomers, and a distinct diversity of genres and...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 7:21 AM
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...