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  • Chicago Gourmet: One tasty weekend

    Chicago Gourmet: One tasty weekend
    Dean Schmiedt, a 64-year-old pharmaceutical consultant from Fort Ripley, Minn., was all set to fly to Chicago Friday with his psychologist wife, Karleen, for their third straight Chicago Gourmet when they arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and learned of the traffic-control shutdown. 
  • Chicago Gourmet Day 1: Perfection

    Chicago Gourmet Day 1: Perfection
    Though the capacity crowd meant long lines at some food pavilions and "sorry, we're full" apologies at a couple of seminars, the first day of Chicago Gourmet (which runs through Sunday) went off without a hitch. Perfect sunny weather, an efficient...

    Mini-review: MFK

    Mini-review: MFK
    Mini-review: MFK 432 W. Diversey Parkway 773-857-2540 Rating: 3 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up This past winter's wicked assortment of thunder snow, Siberian temps and polar vortexes had a positive summer legacy. "This last winter was so brutal, we wanted to...

    Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve

    Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve
    New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet? If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually. As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...

    Phil Vettel recommends: Chicago Restaurant Week

    Phil Vettel recommends: Chicago Restaurant Week
    Chicago Restaurant Week is back — bigger and extended. Running a full 14 days (Friday through Feb. 6), this seventh annual rendition is officially the longest ever. In practice, though, the promotion, in which participating restaurants offer...