| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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,...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 8:11 AM
Chicago Steak, the latest iteration of Next restaurant (which changes themes three times a year), is a head scratcher, the first effort by Grant Achatz, Dave Beran and Nick Kokonas to leave me uncertain as to what the trio intended.
It's an homage to...
| 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...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 2:14 PM
The Bocuse d'Or, otherwise known as the Olympics of the culinary world, will take place in Lyon, France, on Jan. 24, 2015. That means the Bocuse d'Or U.S. team -- chef Philip Tessier and his commis (assistant) Skylar Stover of the French Laundry in Napa...
| Aug 9, 2013
If you thought the West Loop restaurant scene had hit its height at the end of last year with the opening of Bill Kim's Korean barbecue restaurant Belly Q and Curtis Duffy's elegant fine-dining destination Grace, you'd be mistaken. This neighborhood...