| Apr 25, 2010
In spite of its wild popularity and critical acclaim, and hence the large crowds that usually keep me out of restaurants that are wildly popular and critically acclaimed, the Purple Pig is where I was sitting one recent night awaiting the arrival of...
| May 13, 2010
These are the last days of Sona, the elegant restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard that has been a fixture of Los Angeles' fine-dining scene for nearly eight years. On Saturday, after the final mignardises go out to the last diners, the restaurant will...
| Jan 27, 2010
| 9:39 AM
In late December, the Tribune profiled a young blind woman chasing her dream of becoming a chef. (Read the original story).
Laura Martinez will finish her work at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary program at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of...
| Feb 24, 2010
Art Smith is having quite a winter.
He turns 50 on March 1 — the same day he celebrates Common Threads' fifth annual World Festival fundraiser at Soldier Field, which boasts (for $250 a ticket) dishes prepared by Rick Bayless, David Burke, Tyler...
| 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...
| Apr 7, 2011
Taste, as a jazz musician once noted, is manifested in the notes one declines to play. In that regard, Danny Grant is a taste master.
The original chef de cuisine and now executive chef at Ria, the magnificent dining room within the Elysian hotel and...
| Nov 25, 2010
Celebrities are cashing in on their fame by designing clothes, concocting fragrances, writing books and creating fine art. For those shopping for the celebrity obsessed, it has never been easier.
Anderson's Bookshop in Downers Grove and Naperville...
| 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...
| Sep 9, 2010
Behind the 12 foot fences and razor wire at the Cook County Jail is a bounty of fresh food from the Sheriff's Garden Program. For a select group of inmates, imprisonment means punishment, but also opportunity.
"I watched it grow. The same thing as I...
| Feb 14, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Grant Achatz moved up the aisle of the plane, his carry-on draped over his gaunt frame. It was October at Reagan National Airport, a rare moment of calm for Chicago's top chef, whose wary eyes belong to a man older than 36, and whose life has been blessed...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 11:19 AM
“I want to have the best restaurant in the country. I want to obtain that third Michelin star.”
If it isn’t clear chef Curtis Duffy wants to be uttered in the same breath as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and his former boss Grant...
| 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...