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  • Chicago, that tippling town

    Chicago, that tippling town
    The first rule of business — any business — is this: Do what you do well. And what Chicago does well is drink. Oh, there are other things to be sure (architecture! comedy! baseball!), but in this city, booze is as much a business as it is...
  • Alinea named No. 6 restaurant in the world

    Alinea named No. 6 restaurant in the world
    Best in Chicago. Best in North America. Closing in on best in the world. Grant Achatz is rapidly running out of titles to secure. Alinea was named the No. 6 restaurant in the world by London-based Restaurant magazine in its annual ranking of the top...
  • Lawrence Letrero named chef at Tribute restaurant

    Tribute, the contemporary American restaurant aiming for a June opening in the South Loop (800 S. Michigan Ave.), already has made a chef change. Lawrence Letrero, a Kendall College culinary grad who has logged time at Karyn's On Green and Perennial,...
  • An equipment bonanza for kitchen geeks

    An equipment bonanza for kitchen geeks
    A hand-held smoker that looks like a toy pistol, a blender that heats or cools while it whizzes your soup or smoothie, professional immersion blenders, dehydrators, whipping siphons, induction burners, sous-vide machines and vacuum sealers. As mainstream...
  • From Avenues to Grace: Curtis Duffy's new West Loop restaurant is "all about grace"

    From Avenues to Grace: Curtis Duffy's new West Loop restaurant is "all about grace"
    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...
  • Chicago's top chefs hold garage sale, bake-sale benefit

    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...
  • How RJ Grunts (and other Chicago restaurants) got its name

    How RJ Grunts (and other Chicago restaurants) got its name
    What’s in a name? For recent James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Rich Melman, it began 40 years ago with an involuntary emission of sound, which led to his restaurant empire. Here's the story of how RJ Grunts and other notable restaurants...
  • Kellogg-Achatz mystery solved; recipes legit, agreement expired

    We know more about the minor flap that ensued when a couple of recipes attributed to Alinea chef Grant Achatz (one was credited to a chef Grant Actatz) surfaced on a Kellogg-owned website. The recipes, which called for the use of Keebler Town House...
  • Curtis Duffy to leave Avenues, open own restaurant in West Loop

    Curtis Duffy to leave Avenues, open own restaurant in West Loop
    “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...
  • Avenues to close indefinitely after chef Curtis Duffy leaves Saturday

    Avenues to close indefinitely after chef Curtis Duffy leaves Saturday
    Chef Curtis Duffy will cook his final service at Avenues Saturday, and after that, the two-Michelin star flagship restaurant of The Peninsula Hotel will close indefinitely. Avenues will be searching for a new chef de cuisine in the interim. According...
  • From Paris to sizzling Bangkok

    From Paris to sizzling Bangkok
    Next, the shape-shifting restaurant by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas (the principals at world-famous Alinea), dazzled diners with its inaugural "Paris 1906" menu. For an encore, the kitchen went about as far afield as possible. To Bangkok, in fact. "We...
  • The food world on a map

    The food world on a map
    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...