| Feb 28, 2012
| 6:12 PM
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Baja California Sur, Mexico — The sweet and juicy heirloom tomatoes are the stars in a simple salad topped with sprinkles of feta cheese and anointed with a splash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Every element is delicious, but...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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.
| Feb 29, 2012
| 8:41 PM
The final showdown on "Top Chef: Texas" pitted a Texan against a Chicagoan raised in Texas.
And sorry to disappoint, y'all, but it was Austin-based chef Paul Qui who won the title on Wednesday's finale over Chicagoan chef Sarah Grueneberg of award-...
| Mar 5, 2012
| 7:27 AM
Lady Gaga was in Chicago over the weekend with boyfriend and "Vampire Diaries" actor Taylor Kinney, who is filming the Dick Wolf pilot "Chicago Fire" in the city this month.
The couple dined at Lou Malnati's in River North Sunday night. They ordered...