| Oct 22, 2014
| 9:28 AM
As of this month, I have been the Tribune's restaurant critic for 25 years. A quarter-century.
When I filed my first Tribune review, the best restaurant in the area was Le Francais, although a 2-year-old restaurant called Charlie Trotter's was gathering...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 4:01 PM
On Thursday, October 9, acclaimed chef Rick Bayless will share with Blue Sky Innovation how he has stayed true to his vision as he has built a restaurant, food and media empire. Bayless joins the Chicago Tribune’s Colin McMahon at the National...
| Oct 9, 2014
Florida ranks among the Top 12 states for fresh seafood production, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Commercial fishers in the Sunshine State catch more than 84 percent of the nation's supply of grouper, pompano,...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 8:47 AM
Arami (1829 W. Chicago Ave., 312-243-1535) is hosting an East Meets South of the Border street food pop-up dinner ($75) on Sunday. The event’s menu features collaborative dishes crafted by chefs Rick Bayless and Lisa Despres (Frontera Grill/...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Young diners at Rick Bayless' authentic Mexican fave have their own menu with options such as tortilla soup ($4), chicken enchiladas ($7) and jicama slices with lime ($2). If all of that is too exotic, the griddle-baked cheese quesadillas...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 10:38 AM
Doughnut and Dumpling Social
Elizabeth 4835 N. Western Ave. 773-681-0651
Haven't been able to get a ticket to the Michelin-starred Lincoln Square spot? You can try chef Iliana Regan's pierogi and buttermilk brioche doughnuts along with coffee,...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 2:17 PM
Chicago chef Rick Bayless has teamed with the makers of Negra Modelo, a lager from Mexico, for a culinary road tour. One stop is a sold out Oct. 17 class at the Publix Aprons Cooking School in The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips in Orlando.
| Sep 29, 2014
| 2:02 PM
Dean Schmiedt, a 64-year-old pharmaceutical consultant from Fort Ripley, Minn., was all set to fly to Chicago Friday with his psychologist wife, Karleen, for their third straight Chicago Gourmet when they arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 10:22 AM
A few bits of business in today's food roundup:
- Marty Fosse, who is to the 5200 block of North Clark Street what Rick Bayless is to the 400 block of North Clark Street, is opening his fourth Andersonville restaurant in October. It’ll be called...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 1:48 PM
"Try one," said Bruno Massuger as he presented a lobster crostini appetizer to a guest at a preview in August for the upcoming Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival.
The canape, spooned with lobster, chopped mango and onions, was a temptation too strong to...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 5:00 PM
When you've lived in Chicago for a while -- six years for me -- you start getting cocky. You can make a bus-to-train transfer with the grace of a swan, you know about the secret food court on the seventh floor of Macy's, you can (sort of) navigate the...