| 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...
| 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...
| 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 25, 2011
It was three days before Wilco was scheduled to leave Chicago to start its tour, and the band was running through songs on its newest album, "The Whole Love." Next up was "One Sunday Morning," a 12-minute cut that is at once the most traditional tune on...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 6:34 AM
Garage sales with mismatched glassware and old power tools are pretty common. The garage sale scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Michelin-starred NAHA restaurant will be anything but common.
Dubbed the Culinary Garage Sale & Bake Sale, bargain...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 11:57 AM
This post has been corrected. See note below.
There's a good chance that the white tuna sashimi served up at your favorite Manhattan sushi joint isn't white tuna at all.
Instead, 94% of the fish labeled as white tuna in New York turned out to be...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 5:56 PM
As 2012 draws to a close, let's take a look back at the year in Chicago theater. January started with a roar — Klea Blackhurst doing Ethel Merman doing "Gypsy" at the Drury Lane Theatre. Twyla Tharp, an artist who refuses to stop reworking her...
| Aug 12, 2012
| 1:20 PM
What do Chicago restaurants Spiaggia, Table Fifty-Two, Girl and the Goat and Topolobampo have in common? They all feature former “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters” contestants in their kitchens. And, not coincidentally, they’...
| Mar 8, 2013
It is rare indeed to find such illustrious cultural names sharing a panel: Michelle Boone, Chicago's Commissioner of Cultural Affairs; Rick Bayless, the famous chef and one of Chicago's most important cultural entrepreneurs; Jeanne Gang, the hugely...