| Mar 23, 2015
| 5:20 AM
In Oklahoma, sports are king. When Rick Bayless was a boy and his family was watching sports, he would hop on his bicycle and head to his neighborhood library.
There, he would spend hours poring over the library's extensive collection of cookbooks....
| Mar 12, 2015
| 1:30 PM
For the first time in its 25-year history, the James Beard Awards show is leaving New York City and coming to Chicago. Plenty of Chicago area chefs are basking in the glow of the affirmations (award semifinalists were named Feb. 18) and preparations are...
| Mar 9, 2015
| 6:00 AM
More than a dozen top Chicago chefs will join forces June 4 for the Chefs' Playground, a fundraising event for the Academy for Global Citizenship.
The ACG is a Chicago Public Charter School on the city's Southwest Side.
Chaired by chef Tony Mantuano...
| Mar 2, 2015
| 6:43 AM
The former Republican presidential candidate, the Duchess of York, the “Cake Boss,” the “Queen of Southern Cuisine” are scheduled to appear at the International Home + Housewares show taking place Saturday through March 10 at...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 1:52 PM
Outside, the temperature is in the teens, but the sunshine that seeps through the glass panes of the rooftop structure make it seem more like the 70s.
Inside are rows and rows of tiny plants on white tables with grooves. A pump periodically sends water...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Next restaurant, which morphs from one cuisine to another three times each year, has always promised, and always delivered, a culinary adventure. With "Bistro," the 13th menu in Next's glittering four-year career, it is the customer who chooses the...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 2:38 PM
In 2014 ... Chicago's Jessie Mueller snagged the role of Carole King in "Beautiful" on Broadway. By June, she had a Tony Award and the Mueller family was on its way to becoming a national theater brand. Seth Meyers, first spotted doing a little show...
| Jan 5, 2015
He has three renowned Mexican restaurants in Chicago, five Tortas Frontera outposts (including three at O'Hare International Airport) plus several Frontera Fresco eateries. He's written eight cookbooks, and his Frontera Foods company makes sauces,...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 12:25 PM
I couldn't believe that 6 o'clock on a Thursday night was a good time to connect with the father-and-son Bannos team, but I was assured that it was best for getting them in the same place. As I entered The Purple Pig, I started having my doubts about...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 3:00 AM
If Rick Bayless is the face and spirit of Topolobampo, which last year celebrated its 25th anniversary, perhaps the backbone of the day-to-day operation is Andres Padilla, who has been Topolo's chef de cuisine for the last three years.
You can still...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 9:34 AM
What makes a holiday film, play or TV show a classic? For many, it's because watching it brings back fond memories of holidays past. For some, it's because the film offers an important message for the season. And there are those who just like spending the...