| Nov 13, 2013
| 2:16 PM
In "Check, Please!," WTTW-Ch. 11's long-running hit foodie series, the stars of the show are the chefs who tell the cameras about their restaurants and the real-people guests who spend an episode as food critics.
The host — newcomer Catherine De...
| Nov 3, 2013
One night in Chicago, a young man turns on a television set — which is unusual, since he isn't much of a TV watcher, preferring books instead — and finds himself transfixed by the host of a local restaurant review program. She's a well-known...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 6:53 AM
Eight years after opening Michy's in Miami's Upper East Side, chef Michelle Bernstein and her partner/husband David Martinez are proof that there's more than one way to be a successful chef and restaurateur.
Together, they are a brand. If they were a...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 10:05 PM
At last, after great deliberation and much wringing of hands, David Manilow made a decision.
White smoke rose from a pipe outside the window of his Lincoln Park office. He adjusted the zipper on his navy blue garment, splayed his hands on a conference...
| Mar 7, 2013
The first thing that catches your eye when entering The Boarding House is the chandelier. Except it's not really a chandelier, but an art installation consisting of 9,000-plus (official count: 9,063) suspended wine glasses.
"One glass for every wine I'...
| May 28, 2013
| 11:19 PM
Citizens of Chicago, food-TV obsessives, our long nightmare is over:
Meet Catherine De Orio.
She's Italian. She's in her mid-30s. She lives in the West Loop. She's married to a lawyer. She has no food allergies. She has a throaty, confiding voice. Her...
| Mar 12, 2012
| 1:58 PM
Condolences to the friends and family of chef Michael Altenberg, chef/owner of Bistro Campagne (4518 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-271-6100), who passed away suddenly in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Altenberg, 48, was a first-rate chef; his resume reads...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 9:16 AM
It's 10 a.m. Do you know where your sommelier is?
If she's anything like Alpana Singh, she's already cracked her first bottle—for work, of course.
This summer, Singh has been busy tasting more than 1,000 wines to narrow her selection for the 300...
| Sep 6, 2012
Popular WTTW-Ch. 11 restaurant show "Check, Please!" is among the most successful locally produced series in Chicago television and an oasis of public television reasonableness in an otherwise frenetic restaurant scene. The series begins its 12th season...
| Aug 14, 2012
| 2:08 PM
The first annual 'Check, Please!' Food Truck Fest will take place at WTTW Studios (5400 N. St. Louis Ave.) from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 21. Tickets are $25 each and include two drinks and a selection of food truck fare.
Participating food trucks include Duck N'...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 4:34 PM
A restaurant that specializes in Mexican and Latin American cuisine is expected to open in May at The Promenade. Mago Grill, which has a location …...