| Dec 14, 2014
| 10:00 PM
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...
| 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,...
| 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,...
| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 7:47 AM
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.
| Apr 30, 2014
| 10:00 PM
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...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 12:49 PM
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...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 10:00 PM
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...