| Sep 20, 2013
| 4:00 PM
God's fingerprints are all over this place. You see it in the curl of a grape leaf, the camber of the harvest sun. Even the oak barrels are inviting. I want to cut one in half, fill it with leaves, climb in to read a long, difficult book.
This time of...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 10:21 AM
It's time once again for the annual Mount Dora Arts Festival, which organizers expect to bring hundreds of thousands of visitors during the weekend. The festival is a big deal for the normally laid-back city, if a little redundant: With its antiques shops...
| Dec 19, 2013
It's getting to be crunch time for holiday shopping, so you can expect massive crowds in our area malls and shop-heavy neighborhoods. Which doesn't concern me, frankly, but dining out after a day of retail madness does.
So I decided to pay a visit to...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
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...
| Jan 7, 2014
Q: I am planning to make Susan Spicer's goat cheese croutons with wild mushrooms and Madeira cream from her "Crescent City Cooking." I don't have any Madeira. Is Marsala an acceptable substitute?
--Andrew Maselli, Chicago
A: "Yes," says Spicer,...
| Oct 5, 2013
Ever hear of a vegan strip club?
Well there is such an establishment in Portland, Ore., a city that is apparently noted for its abundance of ta-ta bars.
Casa Diablo is unique, though, because not only is the fare vegan, the fair (dancers)...
| Jul 11, 2013
Le quatorze juillet, also known as La Fete Nationale in France and Bastille Day most other places, commemorates the July 14, 1789, storming of the Bastille, a fortress famed for holding political prisoners (though at the time of the storming, it housed...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 5:57 PM
Mill on the River plans a tour through Europe for its special wine dinner Oct. 31 at 6:30 p.m.
The menu features herbed goat cheese and roasted heirloom beet timbale; chanterelle arancini with tomato fondue; maple-cardamom glazed salmon; pork confit with...
| Oct 24, 2013
Quietly, the south suburban dining scene has been heating up; a handful of attention-worthy restaurants have opened in the last year. We took a look at them, as well as some of their well-established dining brethren, and compiled this roundup. If you...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 4:39 AM
Veterans of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival may notice an upgrade in their surroundings this year. Disney has been enhancing the marketplaces, the small kitchen outlets where the fest's global fare is made and sold.
"Before, they were...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 3:24 PM
The sixth annual Bon Appetit Presents Chicago Gourmet took place in Millennium Park over the weekend, and the sellout crowd that paid entry fees of $159 and up to sample gourmet goodies and fine wine did so under near-perfect conditions: Temperatures in...