| 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...
| Mar 14, 2013
The conversation crackled after Wednesday night's Chicago Forward program on the future of the arts in Chicago.
“I thought this was an especially auspicious panel with views you don’t often hear,” Tribune arts critic and co-moderator...
| 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...
| Nov 14, 2010
Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley is known for its fine wines and upscale horse farms, but some of the Old West remains, including two historic stagecoach stops that continue to operate as successful restaurants.
Cold Spring Tavern, near the top...
| Jul 6, 2011
Jeff Smedstad joined the Coast Guard at 17 (and got cook's training); cooked in Scottsdale, Ariz.; traveled Mexico and studied cooking with Susana Trilling in Oaxaca; and was a chef at an Atlanta restaurant when a friend called from Sedona, Ariz. "He said...
| 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?...
| 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...
| Sep 8, 2012
| 3:00 PM
Move over, all you Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger wanna-bes. Here come Chicago’s Rick Bayless, Tony Mantuano and Art Smith, along with 87 other renowned chefs, willing to perform a little kitchen diplomacy on behalf of the U.S. Department of...
| 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...
| Mar 31, 2011
The Tenzing Norgay means you no harm. It is but a humble breakfast sandwich, at a humble price ($4.75), served by a humble Hyde Park sandwich shop on 57th Street named Z&H MarketCafe. The chorizo-egg torta at Rick Bayless' Xoco, no less modest, would like...
| Mar 22, 2011
| 1:15 PM
Mindy Segal and Bruce Sherman are hoping five’s a charm.
Rich Melman is hoping it’s seven.
All three have been nominated — again — for James Beard Foundation Awards, which annually recognize the best chefs, restaurants and...