| Jan 5, 2015
| 1:03 PM
In spite of its wild popularity and critical acclaim, and hence the large crowds that usually keep me out of restaurants that are wildly popular and critically acclaimed, the Purple Pig is where I was sitting one recent night awaiting the arrival of some...
| 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...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Winning the James Beard Foundation's Rising Star Chef of the Year can be a career-launcher; previous winners, for example, include Bobby Flay, Marcus Samuelsson, Grant Achatz and David Chang.
So when Jimmy Bannos Jr. heard his name announced in...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 10:00 PM
18 S. Michigan Ave. 312-578-0763
Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up
Acanto, the new restaurant from the folks behind The Gage and The Dawson, has a pretty good shot at becoming one of best restaurants on Michigan Avenue. Then again,...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 3:43 PM
The 2014 James Beard Foundation Award nominees were revealed Tuesday morning at The Publican, and perhaps the pithiest way to sum up Chicago’s representation this year: No surprises.
The major categories brought back familiar names: Spiaggia,...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 10:00 PM
All-star collaboration: Last year, the James Beard Foundation took its act on the road with a pop-up culinary series called "Taste America." For this year’s stop in Chicago, the chefs involved are a veritable all-star team. The event will be held at...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 8:06 AM
The James Beard Foundation announced its semifinalists Wednesday for the 2014 Chef and Restaurant Awards. To be clear, the actual nominees will be announced March 18 in Chicago, but this long list will give you a good idea of who may be feted May 5 in New...
| May 20, 2014
| 7:27 AM
The James Beard Foundation Awards, considered the Oscars of the American restaurant scene, is moving its 25th anniversary ceremony to Chicago in 2015. It will be held at the Civic Opera House May 4 and would be the first time the ceremony is hosted...
| May 6, 2014
| 5:06 AM
Chicago chefs and restaurants continued their streak of a respectable showing at the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards. The annual awards gala, dubbed the “Oscars” of the American culinary scene, was held Monday in New York.
| May 7, 2014
| 11:12 AM
Winners were revealed Monday, May 5, 2014, at the annual 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards, the culinary industry’s most prestigious recognition program. During a ceremony headlined by Award-winning TV personality and multiple James Beard Award...
| Mar 10, 2013
| 12:53 PM
Midway through my conversation with Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds and his wife, Aja Volkman, in Nellcote's private dining area last week, Volkman — whose band, Nico Vega, opened for Imagine Dragons earlier that night at the House of Blues...