| Feb 12, 2015
| 3:00 AM
By the time you read this I may already be gone, having headed for the thickest clump of wilderness, anywhere that might exist where I can still walk into a restaurant and a waiter won't ask ...
"Have you dined with us before?"
It's not the question...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 9:20 AM
In honor of National Pizza Day, we present an oldie but goody:
A few years ago, the Mayfair restaurant Marie's Pizza & Liquors appeared on the popular WTTW review show "Check, Please." Two of that week's three citizen reviewers liked Marie's. The...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 7:14 AM
Returning for her second year as host of WTTW's "Check, Please!," Catherine De Orio says she’s learned a few things about hosting the show, which debuted its 14th season last week. The second episode airs Friday.
She’s got two seasons...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 2:46 PM
"Ugh, everything is gone!" the best-selling novelist John Green laments as he and Mark Bazer, co-host of the new WTTW series "My Chicago," drive through Chicago neighborhoods the writer once called home.
Green, who lives in Indianapolis these days, is...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 9:30 AM
Best-selling chef and TV host Ina Garten is coming to the Auditorium Theatre on Nov. 6, and she’ll be joined by Catherine De Orio, host of “Check Please!” on WTTW-Ch. 11.
Garten, host of Food Network’s longtime cooking show...
| Sep 9, 2014
Martha Stewart, Ina Garten and Dorie Greenspan are coming to Chicago this fall, and each of them will arrive bearing gifts for their fans: brand new cookbooks. Here's what to expect from three of the culinary world's brightest stars when they come a-...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 9:59 AM
Hopefully you've all had or are still having a great holiday break, but after New Year's Day things start getting back to normal, and TV is no exception.
Your regularly scheduled programming is about to return. So if you're wondering when your favorite...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 12:38 PM
Alpana Singh, the bottomless source of effervescence on "Check, Please," left her day job as wine director at Lettuce Entertain You several weeks ago, and for the first time in her adult life found herself with time to burn.
So customers of Pastoral...