| 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...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 7:59 AM
Though the capacity crowd meant long lines at some food pavilions and "sorry, we're full" apologies at a couple of seminars, the first day of Chicago Gourmet (which runs through Sunday) went off without a hitch.
Perfect sunny weather, an efficient...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 7:52 AM
Pizza review: Parlor Pizza Bar
108 N. Green St. 312-600-6090
Rating: 2.5 (out of 4)
Eventually, the club kids become restaurant owners. Jerry Kleiner parlayed his experiences at Cairo and Shelter into Marche and Carnivale. DineAmic, the group behind...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Pizza review: Pizza East
113-125 N. Green St. 312-754-6940
Rating: !!! (out of 4)
There are a lot of pizzas in Chicago, but few them are served in swank hotels that offer members-only boxing rings and film-screening rooms. But that's exactly what you...
| Jul 30, 2014
One of the signature dishes at 6-month-old Kinmont is the Fisherman's Stew, a sized-for-two bounty of fish, shellfish and vegetables. It's an unwieldy dish, even a slightly sloppy one — the massive prawns are shell-on — but the cluttered...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 10:00 PM
You've already waited in line for popcorn at Garrett. You've endured verbal abuse at The Wieners Circle. And you've devoured the Chicago classic that is the Italian beef sandwich (Al's #1 and Johnnie's being the best, depending on who you ask).
| May 11, 2014
Newspaper reporters call them evergreen stories.
Nothing described in them is occurring now or tomorrow, or happened yesterday. But the subjects are, nevertheless, intriguing.
It's a breed of story that sometimes gets lost amid today's minute-driven...
| 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...
| Dec 9, 2013
1954 N. Halsted St. 773-634-4101
Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4)
Push. I've heard a lot of great chefs say it.
Push through the pain. Push forward. Push past your limits. Nothing is impossible if you push.
The difference between the...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Review: Leghorn Chicken
959 N. Western Ave. 773-394-4444
Rating: 3 (out of four) Off to a good start
Boy, I say, boy ... . Apologies. I promised my editor this review wouldn't be written in the voice of America's most famous rooster, Foghorn Leghorn....
| Jun 9, 2013
| 1:12 PM
The Rolling Stones wrapped up the last of their three shows at the United Center last week and are preparing for two shows this week in Boston, where it's a safe bet that the band members will try the local cuisine and kiss up to the crowd by lending...