| Dec 13, 2012
| 2:11 PM
Charlie Trotter had most of the contents of his landmark, recently shuttered restaurant up for auction Wednesday, and by the end of the day, he still had most of the contents of his landmark, recently shuttered restaurant.
The mercurial chef ended the...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 12:00 PM
The Service Club of Chicago held its annual gala Nov. 2 at the Four Seasons with more than 400 black-tie clad attendees. Themed "With Gratitude," the evening featured a tribute to former gala chairs and began with a reception/silent auction that offered...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 11:58 AM
Charlie Trotter’s auction is being rebooted online.
In December the legendary chef cut short the live auction of his shuttered self-named Lincoln Park restaurant’s contents after only about a third of the 1,500-plus lots had gone up for bid....
| Oct 18, 2012
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Partnering with Agate Publishing of Evanston, the Tribune has produced more than 15 e-books showcasing some of our finest journalism, including...
| Apr 25, 2011
| 11:30 AM
The timing was strange. After chef Jason McLeod won two Michelin stars at Ria last November, shocking the Chicago dining scene but mostly himself, McLeod unexpectedly left the restaurant three months later. The Elysian Hotel’s press release noted...
| Jul 26, 2011
| 2:22 PM
There are lots of garden walks in the city and burbs, but very few offer garden visitors corn soup with Manila clams and a peek at the back-of-the-restaurant herb garden of a place like Charlie Trotter’s. But during last weekend’s 43rd...
| 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...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 4:07 PM
It’s a long way from Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck outside London, to Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., at least in miles, even via plane. But it’s not far at all if you travel conceptually, via lines of food...
| Apr 15, 2012
| 10:16 PM
It hasn’t been a good year for veteran fine-dining restaurants, and the year isn’t even one-third complete yet.
Le Titi de Paris, an haute-cuisine fixture in the northwest suburbs for nearly 40 years, will close in mid-June, joining such 2012...
| Dec 11, 2011
| 7:16 PM
In January 2010, chef Curtis Duffy took a one-month sabbatical from Avenues to creatively recharge. He set a goal for himself: conceptualize one dish for every day that month (one he came up with was called “The Life Cycle of Fennel”). He...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 6:34 AM
Garage sales with mismatched glassware and old power tools are pretty common. The garage sale scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Michelin-starred NAHA restaurant will be anything but common.
Dubbed the Culinary Garage Sale & Bake Sale, bargain...
| Jan 9, 2012
| 8:11 AM
The tinsel and colored lights are coming down, the wreaths are brown around the edges and January’s ho-hums are replacing December’s ho-ho-hos. Don’t despair too much. The gray glum kicking off 2012 is a good time to ponder all sorts...