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  • Chicagoans on list of 2015 James Beard Award semifinalists

    Chicagoans on list of 2015 James Beard Award semifinalists
    With the James Beard Foundation's 25th annual awards taking place in Chicago this year, a number of locals could find themselves standing on the stage of the Civic Opera House this May.
  • Phil Vettel cautions romantic diners looking for a great view

    Phil Vettel cautions romantic diners looking for a great view
    Something about Valentine's Day brings out the view-seekers. I receive all sorts of requests for restaurant recommendations during the year — which I actually enjoy getting, by the way — but early February seems to be romantic-view season....

    Why chefs obsess over awards

    Why chefs obsess over awards
    Until recently, I was a voting member of the James Beard Foundation, which gives out a number of highly valued annual awards to chefs and restaurants. But I was not a very active member, and certainly, while eating out, that membership never came up....

    Roes for the holidays: Party dishes with different types of caviar

     Roes for the holidays: Party dishes with different types of caviar
    Caviar, once upon a holiday past, meant a tin of Caspian sturgeon roe nestled in ice with a mother-of-pearl spoon, accompanied by Champagne. Today, concerns about the environmental impact of those fabled Caspian fisheries — and one's budget —...

    Jean Banchet Awards nominees announced

    Jean Banchet Awards nominees announced
    The Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence, which honor culinary distinction in the Chicago area, announced its nominees Thursday. There are four nominees in each of the 12 restaurant and chef categories; this year, for the first time, public input...