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  • Local reservation, pay method is just the ticket

    Local reservation, pay method is just the ticket
    42 Grams is the latest Chicago restaurant to feature prepaid, nonrefundable tickets in place of traditional reservations. The advantage to the customer: Known, up-front costs and little, if anything, to settle up at evening's end. The advantage to the...
  • Where is the DollarTree concept for the arts?

     Where is the DollarTree concept for the arts?
    In Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's clear-eyed, 2012 documentary "Detropia," which anticipated many of the things that would happen in (and to) the bankrupt Motor City in the year that followed, a union leader laments the disappearance of good, middle-class...
  • Upscale restaurants that are kid-friendly

    Upscale restaurants that are kid-friendly
    Gather This Lincoln Square restaurant serves a family-style meal every Sunday. Choose three out of the six entrees, which on a recent Sunday included butternut squash risotto, pulled pork and a mixed green salad with apples and hazelnuts. The meal...
  • Charlie Trotter dies at 54; put Chicago on foodies' radar

    Charlie Trotter dies at 54; put Chicago on foodies' radar
    Renowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, an inspirational and notoriously mercurial figure whose eponymous restaurant became an international destination and who pioneered a bold, distinctly American form of haute cuisine, has died. He was 54. Rescue...
  • Charlie Trotter, Chicago's revolutionary chef, helped push others to great success

    Charlie Trotter, Chicago's revolutionary chef, helped push others to great success
    Before there was “Top Chef,” “MasterChef” or “Iron Chef,” before chefs were multimedia celebrities who could monetize their volcanic personalities, before “farm-to-table” and “American cuisine”...
  • A restaurant film about the people, not the food

    A restaurant film about the people, not the food
    The renowned chef Thomas Keller talks about nouvelle cuisine as "personality cuisine" in the new documentary "Spinning Plates," which goes into the kitchens of three distinct American eateries to reveal the personalities behind the menus. The film...
  • Charlie Trotter: Remembering Chicago's fine-dining godfather

    Charlie Trotter: Remembering Chicago's fine-dining godfather
    I was 6 years old when Charlie Trotter opened his restaurant. While I was chomping on PBJ school lunches in 1987, he was creating elaborate multi-course meals that would earn countless awards and put Chicago on the map as a fine-dining destination....
  • Michelin Chicago Guide 2014: EL Ideas, Elizabeth among winners

    Michelin Chicago Guide 2014: EL Ideas, Elizabeth among winners
    The Michelin Man was very good to Chicago on Tuesday, bestowing stars on 25 restaurants, the largest number in the four-year history of the Chicago Michelin guide. “It was a great year in Chicago,” said Michael Ellis, Michelin’s...
  • Peruvian decoded at Tanta

    Peruvian decoded at Tanta
    Three-month-old Tanta, in River North, is easily Chicago's most accomplished Peruvian restaurant, elevating the cuisine — a melting pot that claims Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, African and ancient Incan influences — to the level of fine dining....
  • French Laundry team will compete in Bocuse d'Or 2015 competition

    French Laundry team will compete in Bocuse d'Or 2015 competition
    The Bocuse d'Or, otherwise known as the Olympics of the culinary world, will take place in Lyon, France, on Jan. 24, 2015. That means the Bocuse d'Or U.S. team -- chef Philip Tessier and his commis (assistant) Skylar Stover of the French Laundry in Napa...
  • Tale of 3 restaurants leaves viewers hungry for more ★★ 1/2

    Tale of 3 restaurants leaves viewers hungry for more ★&#9733 1/2
    You want a documentary about food, restaurants and the earnest, driven chefs in the kitchen to be special, as special as the filmmakers consider their subjects. With "Spinning Plates," writer-director and Food Network alum Joseph Levy settles for breezy...
  • Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve

    Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve
    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...