| 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...
| Mar 24, 2011
One unexpected benefit of enhanced airport security is that airport dining options have never been better. The arrive-early dictum (to allow for screening delays) has resulted in airports full of travelers with time on their hands and the sure knowledge...
| Jul 24, 2011
The son of and grandson of butchers, Manny Valdes grew up watching his father lovingly prepare Cuban sandwiches at his inner-city bodegas.
"My grandfather and my dad were always the best cooks in the family," Valdes recalls. "They were big fishermen in...
| Feb 2, 2012
Paul Kahan is the opposite of an enigma. He is easily explained. He is pleased by simple pleasures. He defines his life by four pillars: chef, record-store geek, husband, law-abiding citizen. Everything else is noise.
In judgment, he renders halfway...
| May 18, 2012
| 8:12 AM
Student performances and Top Chef stations were the main attractions at "A Taste for the Arts" benefiting the Chicago Academy of the Arts. More than 350 attended the free performances by students and alumni May 10 at the Harris Theater. The show opened...
| Apr 5, 2011
| 6:57 AM
Stephanie Izard was named one of the best new chefs in the country by Food & Wine magazine Tuesday. The annual list, comprising chefs who have run their restaurants for less than five years, tabbed the former "Top Chef'"winner along with a slew of other...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 5:09 PM
Over the past 25 years or so, two surging art forms have elevated cultural Chicago on the global stage: theater and fine dining. Is this coincidence or correlation?
I mean no disrespect to dancers, musicians or rockers, nor architects, painters, poets...
| Sep 20, 2011
| 11:56 AM
So Rick Bayless is starring in a theater production. The Lookingglass Theatre announced Tuesday that the Frontera Grill/Topolobampo chef will be the star of "Rick Bayless in Cascabel," a circus show set in a Mexican boarding house in the 1940s. Bayless,...
| Sep 20, 2011
| 7:54 AM
Rick Bayless is adding another leaf to his already formidable repertoire of celebrity chef, researcher, author, TV host and all-around culinary entrepreneur focused on the cuisine of Mexico.
Next spring, Bayless will be the live-and-in-person star of a...
| Mar 28, 2012
| 11:07 AM
Lubricated by a salty margarita purloined in the lobby, clearly besotted with the environmental theatricality of period Mexican chic, and with the taste of Rick Bayless' tuna ceviche apparently dancing cartwheels on his lips, one intensely aroused...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 2:52 PM
Most Chicago actors do not bring their own Bunsen burners to the rehearsal room. But then, Rick Bayless — the creator of the phenomenally popular Chicago restaurants Topolobampo and Frontera Grill and a chef who embraced celebrity long before it...