| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 8:30 AM
By Lisa McRee for Oneforthetable.com
One of the iconic dishes of San Francisco is the seafood stew known as cioppino. The origin of the name is obscure. The dish evolved in the late 19th century when Italian and Portuguese fisherman ruled the bays of...
| Apr 16, 2013
Q: When I've purchased wine lately at either a grocery store, or even a wine shop for that matter, it seems as though some of the wines have a sour taste to them. We can have wine in a restaurant and then purchase the same wine in a store and it doesn't...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Part harvest festival, part good excuse to drink wine, the annual release of Beaujolais nouveau takes place the third Thursday on November. Beaujolais nouveau is a light, fruity, food-friendly and fun red wine meant to be enjoyed young, and preferably...
| Nov 26, 2013
Q: I have a bottle of 1993 Bourgogne Blanc by Chartron et Trebuchet. Is it drinkable? It's a bottle I inherited, so I don't know how it's been stored.
—Patty Cooper, Chicago
A: Call me the cockeyed optimist, but I always hope a wine like this...
| Apr 25, 2013
There are many things I don't understand about the restaurant business. I don't see why small plates are "shareable." I don't get the appeal of communal tables. And I don't understand why Storefront Company isn't crowded all the time.
| May 9, 2013
To appreciate Bread & Wine, the 16-month-old restaurant in the Irving Park neighborhood, it helps to be less literal and more observant.
For instance, you might be surprised, as I was initially, to discover that the kitchen doesn't set out much bread....
| 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 1, 2013
Q: I was wondering how long one can keep ice wine.
—Barb Person,Oshawa, Ontario
A: The answer depends on whether the bottle of ice wine is open or not and how it has been stored. Yours, I gather from a subsequent email, is unopened and has...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 5:31 PM
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Chicago Bears pull into town a week from Monday, which means a lot of Bears fans will be heading here as well. And because it takes more than three hours to drive here from Chicago (possibly much longer; Interstate Highway 94...