| 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,...
| Apr 13, 2013
| 7:58 PM
Last month, the manager of the Beverly Hills restaurant Red Medicine shamed diners who didn't turn up for their Saturday night reservations by calling them out on Twitter.
"I hope you enjoyed your GF's Bday and the flowers that you didn't bring when you...
| May 30, 2013
Chicago has seen vegetarian restaurants before, and vegetable menus before, but nothing, not even the vegetable tasting menus that Charlie Trotter offered during his long career, compares to the Vegan menu currently featured at Next. In more than 20...
| Feb 14, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Grant Achatz moved up the aisle of the plane, his carry-on draped over his gaunt frame. It was October at Reagan National Airport, a rare moment of calm for Chicago's top chef, whose wary eyes belong to a man older than 36, and whose life has been blessed...
| Mar 10, 2011
Recipe 695 in Auguste Escoffier's "Le Guide Culinaire" is Puree Palestine, a sunchoke and roasted hazelnut soup. The five-sentence recipe, much like the 5,011 others in the book, is rather vague. Few recipes even call for salt. Dubbed "Escoffier" for...
| Mar 29, 2011
| 1:31 PM
Perhaps the most highly-anticipated double-opening in Chicago's culinary history has split in two.
Grant Achatz's Next and Aviary, originally scheduled to open in tandem, have been delayed yet again, and will now open separately, according to a Tweet...
| Apr 6, 2011
| 7:44 AM
Last night, the ticketing system for Next, Grant Achatz's highly anticipated new era-themed fine dining restaurant, was still experiencing glitches, despite promises that today -- er, yesterday -- was the day.
"We are burning the midnight oil here trying...
| Apr 12, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Last Wednesday, the night Grant Achatz's Next opened on Fulton Market, a man who lives in the neighborhood came in as the last table was being served. He casually asked for dinner, said Nick Kokonas, Achatz's business partner, who found himself explaining...
| Apr 18, 2011
| 1:20 PM
Best in Chicago. Best in North America. Closing in on best in the world.
Grant Achatz is rapidly running out of titles to secure.
Alinea was named the No. 6 restaurant in the world by London-based Restaurant magazine in its annual ranking of the top...
| 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...