| 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...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:22 PM
Before there was “Top Chef,” “MasterChef” or “Iron Chef,” before chefs were multimedia celebrities who could monetize their volcanic personalities, before “farm-to-table” and “American cuisine”...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 12:19 PM
Be honest. When you get city-branded gifts like an “I Love NYC” t-shirt or a “Chicago Rocks” coffee mug, you just want to roll your eyes and exclaim in exasperation, “Gee, thanks so much for thinking of me.”
| Jun 20, 2013
"I never wanted an empire," says chef Carrie Nahabedian, in a massive understatement. For the past 12 years, she and her cousin, Michael Nahabedian, have been perfectly happy with Naha, one of the best contemporary-American restaurants in Chicago, as...
| Aug 1, 2013
445 N. Clark St. 312-661-1434
Mexican cuisine king Rick Bayless presides over these sibling restaurants that share an entrance and bar; Topolo skews toward fine dining, while Frontera is more rustic and regional. For a taste...
| Sep 19, 2013
Bon Appetit Presents Chicago Gourmet returns next week for its sixth year, celebrating Chicago's chefs over two days (three, counting the preview events) of food and wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, seminars and more.
Bigger and more ambitious...
| Jun 13, 2013
Summer is the sweet season for restaurants. Fresh produce is abundant, daylight lasts longer and restaurants are busier and bigger (with the addition of outdoor seats) than at any other time of the year.
So once again I'm trotting out my Summer Eating...
| May 9, 2013
534 N. Clark St. 312-595-1616
Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up
Chef Carrie Nahabedian already has a nice restaurant. Naha, her Mediterranean-inspired contemporary American spot in River North, has netted her plenty of awards since...
| Feb 3, 2013
| 1:55 PM
Nobody does Restaurant Week like Naha does. Considering that more than 250 restaurants participate, offering multi-course lunches for $22 and dinners for $33 and/or $44, that's no idle statement.
While most restaurants' Restaurant Week menus are...
| 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 30, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Charlie Trotter says he first thought of closing his namesake restaurant after his plane sat on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
“I realized really how fragile the world is,” he reflects. “I love what I...