| Mar 30, 2012
| 8:45 AM
Alinea (1723 N. Halsted St., 312-867-0110) has just been named the World's Top Restaurant by Elite Traveler magazine.
Like this place wasn't tough enough to get into before.
In a clear attempt to upstage Restaurant Magazine's annual "World's 50 Best...
| Apr 30, 2012
| 2:12 PM
To the extent that being named one of the 10 best restaurants in the world can possibly be disappointing, Monday's announcement that Alinea was number seven on the list was a bit of a letdown.
Alinea, you see, was number six on the 2011 list, having...
| Aug 6, 2011
No longer is Chicago just "the best place to eat between New York and San Francisco," but now it is endorsed by outsiders as one of the finest dining cities in the world. The Michelin Guide's entry into Chicago last November, plus Alinea's No. 6 ranking...
| Jul 27, 2011
LUMMI ISLAND, Wash. — The cooks are assigned homework. Once a week, sometimes more, The Willows Inn chef Blaine Wetzel sends his five cooks to forage in the wild. One might be tasked with elderflowers and crab apple blossoms, his job to pluck 30...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 2:52 PM
Most Chicago actors do not bring their own Bunsen burners to the rehearsal room. But then, Rick Bayless — the creator of the phenomenally popular Chicago restaurants Topolobampo and Frontera Grill and a chef who embraced celebrity long before it...
| May 15, 2012
| 12:57 PM
K, e, double-L, oh, double-Good Grief, what are you people thinking?
Today on Facebook, Alinea partner Nick Kokonas posted a link to snackpicks.com, a recipe website owned by Kellogg's, listing "Chef Grant Actatz' Sweet Potato Toppers."
| Dec 30, 2011
Close watchers of Chicago's food scene may have been surprised to learn that Alinea — one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the city and the world — failed its routine health inspection a month ago.
But what may seem like a big...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 5:18 AM
The AAA Five- and Four-Diamond Awards for restaurants and hotels were announced this morning, and Chicago wound up tied with New York with the most five-diamond restaurants in North America.
All of Chicago's Five-Diamond restaurants or hotels were repeat...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 4:05 PM
It's fair to say that both Graham Elliot and his food are polarizing. The Chicago Tribune said Elliot had "another hit on his hands" after dining at his 6-month-old sandwich shop Grahamwich on opening day, while Time Out Chicago issued a scathing one-star...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Graham Elliot was an aspiring young cook in the late '90s carrying steaks to a party of 20 in the Charlie Trotter's Studio Kitchen when the restaurant's brilliant, mercurial owner stopped him in the hallway and grabbed one of the pieces of meat.
| Aug 29, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Everyone knows Charlie Trotter as the chef of Charlie Trotter's. It's his name, his restaurant, and he's the boss. But that title “chef” has many meanings, and Trotter has embodied just about all of them during his 25 years at Charlie Trotter'...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Charlie Trotter says he first thought of closing his namesake restaurant after his plane sat on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
“I realized really how fragile the world is,” he reflects. “I love what I...