| Nov 11, 2011
| 2:35 PM
Chilly weather demands hot chocolate to warm to body and soul and chefs have been happily stirring up variations on the concept ever since the Spaniards returned to Europe with chocolate from Mexico. Moctezuma and friends revered cacao, had a god of cacao...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 9:00 AM
I long ago fell in love with the clean, crisp, sweet taste of Meyer lemons. And recently, Mexican foods guru Rick Bayless reminded me why.
The Meyer lemon (named for Frank Meyer, who discovered them more than 100 years ago) is a cross between a lemon...
| 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 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...
| May 2, 2011
| 8:00 AM
In April we gave folks 30 sandwiches for 30 days, some of the best the area has to offer. But Chicago is a big place and we could do 365 days of sandwiches if we wanted to.
So here's a few more of personal favorites that didn't make the original list...
| 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?...
| May 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
What’s in a name? For recent James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Rich Melman, it began 40 years ago with an involuntary emission of sound, which led to his restaurant empire. Here's the story of how RJ Grunts and other notable restaurants...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...