| May 9, 2011
| 6:41 PM
Maybe it was the name.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.
How else do you account for its Chicago founder, Rich Melman, being nominated six consecutive times for the James Beard Foundation's outstanding restaurateur of the year award and never winning?...
| May 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
What’s in a name? For recent James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Rich Melman, it began 40 years ago with an involuntary emission of sound, which led to his restaurant empire. Here's the story of how RJ Grunts and other notable restaurants...
| Jan 1, 2012
| 6:57 PM
New Year's Eve is a time for drama, but chef Charlie Trotter outdid himself Sunday.
Shortly after midnight, in front of some 100 guests in his eponymous restaurant, Trotter dropped a bomb: At the end of August, after the acclaimed restaurant celebrates...
| Jan 5, 2012
Happy new year! So what do we have to look forward to in 2012 in the world of Chicago theater? Let's start with new places to see shows. The first new theater to open in 2012 likely will be the Rivendell Theatre in the Edgewater neighborhood — a...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 1:05 PM
If you want to know why there’s not a “Real Housewives of Chicago,” Bravo TV exec Andy Cohen has the answer. Or not.
“That's a good question,” Cohen told RedEye in a recent phone interview. “We’ve done...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 10:57 AM
While our Chicago Live! team is busy finalizing appearances by the likes of Jonathon Brandmeier, Rick Bayless, Homaru Cantu and J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound (Guest details here), I want to tell you about our new home.
| Jul 11, 2012
| 10:19 AM
| Dec 1, 2011
| 1:06 PM
If you've been staring at the huge banner of the beautiful Renee Fleming on the back of the Civic Opera House — or noting how well the Lyric Opera of Chicago finds the sex and glamour in its promotion of its season of operas — you're...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 1:34 PM
In today's Dining section, we get dreamy for Alma, the latest collaborative beer between Goose Island and Frontera Grill. At press time, it looked as if the beer would only be around for another week, but good news: it should be on draft at Frontera...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 3:10 PM
Jennifer Olvera serves up the skinny on all things edible, sippable and growable in her new book, “Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago” (Globe Pequot, $15.95).
The book contains pithy restaurant reviews, a food festival calendar, tippling...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 7:59 AM
Thursday's Dining cover story is our profile on chef Paul Kahan as he and his team prepare to open Publican Quality Meats, the Fulton Market butcher shop. A few newsworthy items from the piece:
*** As we reported earlier, Publican Quality Meats is...