| Mar 22, 2011
| 8:34 AM
It's finally spring, and our thoughts turn naturally to warm, crusty bread and gooey, molten melted cheese. I'm firmly in the simpler-is-better camp when it comes to grilled cheese. A perfect grilled cheese is one of those things you're still as likely to...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 5:55 AM
Welcome to the Year of the Meatball. I was going to predict it here first, but apparently other media have already predicted it. Still - meatballs. In other food items, a few restaurants around town are going on Janauary vacation. So civilized. Also, your...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 6:59 AM
mfk, a cafe and bar named after legendary food writer M.F.K. Fisher, opens today.
The restaurant (432 W. Diversey Parkway, 773-857-2540) opened softly a few days ago, but today (not coincidentally, Fisher's birthday) is the official opening.
| Jun 20, 2014
| 7:25 AM
We reported this last week, but it's worth a reminder: Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for the Charlie Trotter Tribute dinner on Sept. 27.
The dinner, part of the Bon Appetit Presents Chicago Gourmet weekend, will feature such chefs as Rick Bayless,...
| Jun 19, 2014
Chicago's craft beer scene is getting an unlikely new player: one of the city's most renowned chefs.
Homaro Cantu, founder and executive chef of Moto, has signed a lease on a 7,000-square-foot space on the city's Northwest Side, where he plans to open a...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 9:23 AM
Charlie Trotter’s presence will continue to be felt on Armitage Avenue after all, as alumni from his celebrated kitchen are teaming with family members to create a nonprofit organization to be based in the former restaurant space.
| Jun 10, 2014
| 2:06 PM
Rick Bayless, Graham Elliot, Thomas Lents and Matthias Merges will be part of a star-studded chef lineup creating a Charlie Trotter tribute dinner as part of Bon Appetit Presents Chicago Gourmet in September.
The dinner, which will take place Sept. 27...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Tribute for Trotter: A star-studded group of chefs will cook at the Charlie Trotter Tribute Dinner at Chicago Gourmet this fall, reports Phil Vettel. Among chefs and sommeliers taking part: Rick Bayless, Graham Elliot, Matthias Merges, Thomas Lents,...
| May 6, 2014
| 10:40 AM
This article was originally published on May 26, 2011
Two months ago, I returned from unquestionably the greatest vacation of my life: 96 hours spent in New Orleans eating, drinking, dancing, stumbling merrily down Decatur Street, drooling Sazerac...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 9:36 PM
HOLLYWOOD — There’s the show, and there’s the show behind the show, and which involves more work or offers more entertainment is debatable.
For instance, Jared Leto’s backstage session after winning the best supporting actor...
| Mar 14, 2014
Chef Matthias Merges is a busy man. He's the chef/proprietor at Asian street food-inspired Yusho (2853 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-904-8558) and craft cocktail bar Billy Sunday (3143 W. Logan Blvd., 773-661-2485). He also recently opened A10 (1462 E. 53rd St.,...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 7:02 PM
Jean Banchet, a prodigiously talented chef and gregarious personality who almost single-handedly raised Chicago's dining reputation from a steak-and-potatoes town to a serious restaurant city, has died. He was 72.
Banchet, Chicago's first celebrity...