| Jun 14, 2014
| 9:58 AM
The Chinese American Service League hosted its 35th anniversary dinner gala with nearly 700 guests at the Hilton Chicago on May 21. The event celebrated its 35 years of service to the community and included traditional Chinese dancing by children from...
| 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.
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
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...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 11:24 AM
Chicago Restaurant Week is back — bigger and extended.
Running a full 14 days (Friday through Feb. 6), this seventh annual rendition is officially the longest ever. In practice, though, the promotion, in which participating restaurants offer...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 10:09 AM
The Michelin Man was very good to Chicago on Tuesday, bestowing stars on 25 restaurants, the largest number in the four-year history of the Chicago Michelin guide.
“It was a great year in Chicago,” said Michael Ellis, Michelin’s...
| Nov 14, 2013
Reactions, rants and general observations regarding the Chicago Michelin guide star ratings, which were announced Tuesday.
Considering that the number of Michelin-starred Chicago restaurants has been declining (down to 19 restaurants last year), this...
| 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...
| Dec 11, 2013
Stand within the Colosseum's massive bowl, and you can practically hear the roar of the ancient crowd. But to capture the sounds of today's Rome, it's best to get away from the flurry of tourists and settle into a quaint trattoria like Da Tonino, where...
| 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,...