| 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...
| Mar 24, 2011
One unexpected benefit of enhanced airport security is that airport dining options have never been better. The arrive-early dictum (to allow for screening delays) has resulted in airports full of travelers with time on their hands and the sure knowledge...
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 5, 2011
| 6:57 AM
Stephanie Izard was named one of the best new chefs in the country by Food & Wine magazine Tuesday. The annual list, comprising chefs who have run their restaurants for less than five years, tabbed the former "Top Chef'"winner along with a slew of other...
| Apr 13, 2011
| 4:00 AM
Day 13 of 30 sandwiches in 30 days.
The secret to Rick Bayless' extraordinary choriqueso isn't the house-made chorizo -- tangy, spiced crumbled pork, its chili-powder-dyed oil seeped into the bread's crevices. Nor is it the roasted...
| Apr 14, 2011
| 4:23 AM
Eighteen "Golden Beet" awards for bringing local food to Illinois communities have been announced by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, an organization promoting "environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially just local food systems through...
| Apr 18, 2011
| 8:00 AM
We may be living in the golden age of food television. Twenty years ago, you had to wait for Julia Child and a few others every week on PBS. Today, it's such a hot commodity that ABC is canceling soap operas and replacing them with a foodie version of...
| 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...