| 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...
| Sep 19, 2013
A mysterious blog tipped us off this morning to the possibility that Nick Kokonas, Grant Achatz and the team behind cocktail spot The Aviary and restaurants Next and Alinea had a new project in the works.
Kokonas, a partner in all three venues,...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 1:31 PM
I was 6 years old when Charlie Trotter opened his restaurant.
While I was chomping on PBJ school lunches in 1987, he was creating elaborate multi-course meals that would earn countless awards and put Chicago on the map as a fine-dining destination....
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:04 PM
Renowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, an inspirational and notoriously mercurial figure whose eponymous restaurant became an international destination and who pioneered a bold, distinctly American form of haute cuisine, has died. He was 54.
| 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”...
| 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 5, 2012
| 3:39 PM
Get into a conversation with Moto/iNG chef/owner Homaro Cantu, and in a tone that's both buoyant and matter-of-fact, he'll drop such nuggets as:
"With a little more tweaking, we could make orange juice in the orange without any packaging or...
| Apr 25, 2011
I visited Next looking for greatness, and I found it.
Next, the sequel restaurant from Grant Achatz of Alinea, is all of 19 days old, but it hums with the grace and confidence of a veteran. Which isn't completely surprising; Achatz, partner Nick Kokonas,...
| Apr 28, 2011
The good news is that Next, the sequel restaurant by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, is living up to its sky-high expectations.
The bad is that it has been excruciatingly difficult to get into this restaurant in its first few weeks. Here are the answers...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 11:00 AM
At the time of our interview, "Chopped" judge Alex Guarnaschelli and her co-star Geoffrey Zakarian were both still in the running on Food Network's uber-chef cook-off, "The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs." Despite my earnest predictions that one or the other...
| Jun 13, 2011
| 10:30 AM
Worried you won't be able to savor the Escoffier-inspired food of "1906 Paris" at Grant Achatz's Next restaurant? Take a deep breath: You can now turn to the long-dead French chef for direction as John Wiley & Sons issues a new edition of the classic...