| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 11:41 AM
There will be a local celebrity cameo every night when Second City’s “Twist your Dickens, or Scrooge You!” – an interactive parody of “A Christmas Carol” -- kicks off its run Friday in Goodman Theatre’s Owen...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 3:00 AM
When Hot Doug's closed its doors in October, Chicago lost its greatest argument for waiting in line for food. The hysteria of its final month caused freethinking people to stand 12 hours for a hot dog. Now that Doug's is but a wiener figment in our...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 12:58 PM
Cris Comerford arrived in Chicago in the 1980s as a virtual unknown, worked hard and ultimately landed a big job in the nation's capital.
Just like her boss — Barack Obama.
Comerford, a 52-year-old native of the Philippines, has served for...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 4:00 PM
In Thursday's Dining section, the answers to the "Chef scramble" feature were in the wrong order. Here is the correct sequence: 1. Graham Elliot, 2. Tony Mantuano, 3. Grant Achatz, 4. Stephanie Izard, 5. Charlie Trotter, 6. Beverly Kim, 7. Rick Bayless,...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 9:28 AM
As of this month, I have been the Tribune's restaurant critic for 25 years. A quarter-century.
When I filed my first Tribune review, the best restaurant in the area was Le Francais, although a 2-year-old restaurant called Charlie Trotter's was gathering...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 9:46 AM
“A Toast to Charlie Trotter” is scheduled for tonight at Venue One in Chicago to honor the one-year anniversary of the famed chef's death, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Trotter was found unconscious and not breathing in his Lincoln Park...
| May 20, 2014
| 12:04 PM
The James Beard Foundation has been intimately associated with New York City. After all, that was the city Beard himself called home, and in fact, it was the effort to save his old brownstone that led to the organization’s formation in 1986.
| Oct 9, 2014
| 4:01 PM
On Thursday, October 9, acclaimed chef Rick Bayless will share with Blue Sky Innovation how he has stayed true to his vision as he has built a restaurant, food and media empire. Bayless joins the Chicago Tribune’s Colin McMahon at the National...