| Aug 29, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Everyone knows Charlie Trotter as the chef of Charlie Trotter's. It's his name, his restaurant, and he's the boss. But that title “chef” has many meanings, and Trotter has embodied just about all of them during his 25 years at Charlie Trotter'...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Graham Elliot was an aspiring young cook in the late '90s carrying steaks to a party of 20 in the Charlie Trotter's Studio Kitchen when the restaurant's brilliant, mercurial owner stopped him in the hallway and grabbed one of the pieces of meat.
| Aug 8, 2012
| 10:55 AM
Bon Appetit just released its 50 Best New Restaurants list, and two Chicago newcomers made the cut.
Andrew Knowlton, who writes the magazine's BA Foodist column, praised Balena (1633 N. Halsted St., 312-867-3888), mentioning its proximity to...
| Feb 2, 2012
Paul Kahan is the opposite of an enigma. He is easily explained. He is pleased by simple pleasures. He defines his life by four pillars: chef, record-store geek, husband, law-abiding citizen. Everything else is noise.
In judgment, he renders halfway...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 1:13 PM
2853 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-904-8558
Rating: !! and a half (out of 4) Take it or leave it
The scene: Matthias Merges spent years in the kitchen at Charlie Trotter’s in Lincoln Park. Now you’ll find him on Kedzie Avenue, a couple blocks...