| 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?...
| Jun 25, 2011
La Belle Vie, the mammoth Bel-Air residence built in 1993 for philanthropist Iris Cantor by her husband, Bernard Gerald Cantor, has sold for $40 million, public records show. The sale is one of the highest this year in Los Angeles County.
The mansion had...
| Jul 6, 2011
Born in Utah and raised in Alaska, singer Jewel Kilcher, known professionally simply as Jewel, has put down roots in Texas with husband Ty Murray. She debuted in 1995 with her album "Pieces of You," which sold more than 15 million copies, thanks to her...
| Jul 8, 2011
| 1:04 PM
Next week Vie, chef Paul Virant's Michelin-starred restaurant in Western Springs, will offer a three-course menu for $35 as part of a weeklong promotion by Yelp. A wine pairing will be available for an extra $15.
What's on the menu?
| Aug 6, 2011
No longer is Chicago just "the best place to eat between New York and San Francisco," but now it is endorsed by outsiders as one of the finest dining cities in the world. The Michelin Guide's entry into Chicago last November, plus Alinea's No. 6 ranking...
| Aug 8, 2011
| 8:31 AM
There's still time to get tickets for Share Our Strengths's Taste of the Nation, the star-studded chef gala benefiting anti-hunger efforts nationwide, taking place 7-10 p.m. Wednesday at Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom.
Event chairs R.J. Melman and Mindy...
| Oct 27, 2011
| 4:08 PM
The youth of sister cities Laguna Beach and Menton, France, cemented relations this week.
The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. entertained students from Menton and their two chaperones with dinners at local restaurants, field trips, some free time to...
| Nov 3, 2011
The fact that chef Paul Virant and I share the same monogram shouldn't confuse anybody, although years back the chef sent me a letter he received from some luckless job applicant who, instead of writing "Paul Virant" in the salutation, used my name...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 6:34 AM
Garage sales with mismatched glassware and old power tools are pretty common. The garage sale scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Michelin-starred NAHA restaurant will be anything but common.
Dubbed the Culinary Garage Sale & Bake Sale, bargain...
| Sep 22, 2011
| 8:45 AM
15-second review: No-frills menu verging on ambition ... thrown-together and ragtag, somehow works ... favorites include chicken liver pate, duck leg confit, burger.
Come year's end, I'll review 150 pages of restaurant notes...
| Nov 10, 2011
As the second Michelin Guide for Chicago prepares to hit bookstores next week, one thing is for sure: There will be change.
There has to be. Among the 23 restaurants that received one or more stars, Sixteen (one star) saw chef Frank Brunacci depart,...