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  • Lincoln Park restaurant L2O turning into Intro, ticketed restaurant with rotating chefs

    Lincoln Park restaurant L2O turning into Intro, ticketed restaurant with rotating chefs
    Rich Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has partnered with former L2O chef Matthew Kirkley to open Intro, a restaurant/school concept with ticketed dinners prepared by rotating chefs-in-residence. The goal is to "introduce up-and-coming...
  • Tock ready to take restaurant ticketing national

    Tock ready to take restaurant ticketing national
    For years, Nick Kokonas was warned. No one would ever prepay for a ticket to eat at a restaurant. For years, Nick Kokonas was undaunted. He was collecting data, reams of it, showing prepaid tickets increased revenue and wiped out no-shows at Alinea,...
  • Google's Brian Fitzpatrick says he's got just the ticket for Alinea

    Google's Brian Fitzpatrick says he's got just the ticket for Alinea
    Brian Fitzpatrick, Google's first Chicago-based engineer and a leader in the company's work on censorship and government surveillance, is leaving the Internet giant to join chef Grant Achatz and business partner Nick Kokonas, the team behind Alinea,...
  • Restaurant review: Next's 'Trio' menu

    Restaurant review: Next's 'Trio' menu
    After 10 iterations in which Next has looked outward, creating menus inspired by cuisine from turn-of-the-century Paris, street food from Thailand and the gastronomic wonders of El Bulli chef Ferran Adria, the shape-shifting Next has adopted an inward...
  • 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....
  • Loud restaurants work to diminish noise

    Loud restaurants work to diminish noise
    Chef Brian Huston knew he was in trouble at the pre-opening party for his new Evanston restaurant Boltwood. "It was so loud," he said. "It was terrible," agreed partner John Kim. "But we weren't not going to open." So the 70-seat farm-to-table...
  • Cocktails with a flair for the dramatic

    Cocktails with a flair for the dramatic
    Sometimes a beer and a shot just won't do. There are nights  that call for drinks with a bit of drama, maybe even mystery.  Here, we give you six drinks that deliver a little something extra. The 'Madhattan' bar cart service, Travelle In the 1960s...
  • Everything you need to know about how restaurant tipping works

    Everything you need to know about how restaurant tipping works
    Tipping seems like a simple transaction between two parties. You eat at a restaurant, you experience good service, and in a show of gratitude you voluntarily leave the server a bonus $5 gratuity, a monetary pat on the back for a job well done. Of...
  • Local reservation, pay method is just the ticket

    Local reservation, pay method is just the ticket
    42 Grams is the latest Chicago restaurant to feature prepaid, nonrefundable tickets in place of traditional reservations. The advantage to the customer: Known, up-front costs and little, if anything, to settle up at evening's end. The advantage to the...
  • Chef Thomas Keller's protégés prosper in restaurant world

    Chef Thomas Keller's protégés prosper in restaurant world
    Through his restaurants — the French Laundry and Ad Hoc in Napa Valley, Per Se in New York and Bouchons in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas and Yountville, Calif. — Thomas Keller has given a start to some of today's brightest young chefs. Here are...
  • Dining briefs: Beard dinner, Joly wins, Cantu does beer

    Dining briefs: Beard dinner, Joly wins, Cantu does beer
    All-star collaboration: Last year, the James Beard Foundation took its act on the road with a pop-up culinary series called "Taste America." For this year’s stop in Chicago, the chefs involved are a veritable all-star team. The event will be held at...