| Jan 27, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Next restaurant, which morphs from one cuisine to another three times each year, has always promised, and always delivered, a culinary adventure. With "Bistro," the 13th menu in Next's glittering four-year career, it is the customer who chooses the...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 10:24 AM
Do you believe in miracles?
The Bocuse d'Or world culinary competition, referred to by some as the culinary Olympics, ended today with the American team, for the first time, on the awards podium.
Chefs Phillip Tessier and Skylar Stover, both from...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 8:06 AM
Next restaurant announced the launch of its new menu earlier this week, and owners Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas did it with the help of a trailer.
A cute cartoon is the latest in a line of videos produced by the Fulton Market restaurant to advertise...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 11:11 AM
So you just read a rave restaurant review, you have an anniversary approaching and that settles it: you'll splurge on dinner for two at RPM Steak. We're sure you'll enjoy the New York Strip, the risotto with white truffles and the romance … of a 4:...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 10:00 PM
UPDATE: Tickets are now on sale for Intro's first dinner series.
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...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 7:00 PM
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....
| Nov 18, 2014
| 11:59 AM
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,...
| Nov 29, 2014
| 6:43 PM
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,...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 12:10 PM
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...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 3:00 AM
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...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 3:00 AM
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...