| Jun 23, 2011
In an effort to serve up more quick, consumery news on The Stew, we've decided to try to sample as many new products as we can and report back to blogland right away. So when I saw a sign just now that said "Dew Something New" (advertising the new...
| Aug 8, 2011
| 8:00 AM
Suddenly, August is here. While the days do still dazzle in the sun’s hot, white light, the gentle growing of the night whispers the distant approach of fall. Time to begin thinking about what has been best this season, and here are the Stew staff&...
| Jul 19, 2011
| 7:27 AM
It’s high season for farmers markets here. Raspberries, apricots, peaches, blackberries are there now; cukes and corn on the way. But if you can’t remember exactly when sweet corn’s going to arrive or tart cherries are going to be...
| Mar 22, 2011
| 1:15 PM
Mindy Segal and Bruce Sherman are hoping five’s a charm.
Rich Melman is hoping it’s seven.
All three have been nominated — again — for James Beard Foundation Awards, which annually recognize the best chefs, restaurants and...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 1:28 PM
Michael Jordan's Steak House (not the same concept as the Michael Jordan's Restaurant that closed a dozen years ago) will open this summer in the InterContinental Chicago (525 N. Michigan Ave.), reports Melissa Harris on the Tribune's Breaking Business...
| Mar 24, 2011
| 8:53 AM
It's time to hang up the whisks. After 40 years in the newspaper business — 34 of them with the Chicago Tribune as a food writer and editor — I will be retiring April 1. It has been a 40-year feast, to say the least.
In 1973, when I started...
| Aug 19, 2011
Bankrate.com recently released a list of the top 10 states for foreclosure based on June numbers. Many on the list aren't a surprise, but a few — such as Idaho — are.
Other states on the list were Nevada, Arizona, California, Utah, Michigan,...
| Jan 6, 2011
| 3:17 PM
In our country, if a little of something is good, then a lot of it must be better. And so it has become with many of our wines from (especially) California and Washington.
In our country, if a little of something is good, then a lot of it must be better....
| Feb 18, 2011
| 7:32 AM
The standard spare tire may someday be a thing of the past.
Weight and space considerations, automotive styling and wireless communications are pushing some auto makers to put run-flat tires on their products as standard equipment. Or to provide the...
| Mar 6, 2011
Not everything has to be complicated, says Todd Leopold, co-owner and founder of Leopold Bros. distillery.
That doesn't mean there isn't a place for libations such as wine or whiskey, he says. But to fully appreciate them requires that people know,...
| Feb 7, 2011
| 9:15 AM
I care about the cost of the food I buy. They don't call me The Frugalista for nothing. But I also care about feeding my family a healthful diet, and about being socially responsible with my shopping.
All these concerns come to a head with one food:...