| May 18, 2013
Sofia Solomon didn't invent cheese, of course, but she is credited with helping to introduce many Chicagoans to the delights of artisan cheeses, notably those made by this region's cheesemakers.
So successful has Solomon's quest been that it's hard to...
| May 17, 2013
| 3:15 PM
It's really hard to stand out as incompetent while running the city of Hartford, because almost everybody who tried to do it for the past 40 years has been either a knave, a genial idiot, an ill-tempered goose or some chimera-like combination of all...
| Jan 16, 2013
In the crowded world of legumes, we may ignore lentils in the rush to buy red kidney beans for chili, navy beans for ham-flavored soup, black beans, pinto beans, split peas and more.
That's too bad. A smart cook learns to love lentils for their variety...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 11:35 AM
Plastic surgeons in Turkey and France told CNN in November that mustache implants have suddenly surged in popularity as Middle Eastern men use their increased lip bushiness to convey power and prestige. Surgeons extract follicles from hairier parts of the...
| Dec 22, 2012
Maybe it's the nip in the air. Maybe it's the proximity to the holidays, but this time of year I'm craving oysters. And I don't mean a measly half-dozen but a giant iced platter of glistening raw mollusks ready to be slurped down with Champagne or a...
| May 16, 2013
| 8:29 AM
Jacob Anaya had some big shoes to fill when he was named chef at Azul one year ago. Michelle Bernstein came to fame here. Clay Conley, who oversees not one but two Palm Beach restaurants, cooked here.
Each chef brought a unique perspective to the...
| May 7, 2013
| 1:02 PM
The CEO of Yahoo is right. There's something to be said for being in the office with your fellow employees. I had an entirely different cartoon in mind for today when a staffer came up to me and said, "Are you going to draw a cartoon about Mayor Caviar?"...
| May 9, 2013
534 N. Clark St. 312-595-1616
Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up
Chef Carrie Nahabedian already has a nice restaurant. Naha, her Mediterranean-inspired contemporary American spot in River North, has netted her plenty of awards since...
| May 12, 2013
So, on New Year's Eve Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and spouse, his chief of staff Jared Kupiec and guest, two city cops, Chief Operating Officer Saundra Kee Borges, and an eighth person (Jay Gatsby, perhaps?) ran up a $700-plus tab at Max Downtown,...
| May 5, 2013
| 7:25 PM
NEW YORK — Your $400 date at Carbone doesn't begin with anything fancy. No caviar, no foie gras.
Instead, your waiter appears in a red Zac Posen tuxedo, looking and sounding like Joe Pesci in "My Cousin Vinny." He pierces a chunk of Parmesan...
| Apr 11, 2013
EL Ideas has been playing to full houses since it opened in July 2011. That would be a nice achievement for any operation, but given the quirky experience chef and owner Phillip Foss offers, it's positively miraculous.
Dinners cost $145, prepaid, tip...