| Oct 16, 2013
Didn't make it to Venice again this year? Not in the cards? (Or the budget?)
Content yourself instead with a taste of that romantic Italian city. After all, we eat to remember travels; why not eat to summon visions we've not yet enjoyed?
Venice has a...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
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...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 3:43 PM
The 2014 James Beard Foundation Award nominees were revealed Tuesday morning at The Publican, and perhaps the pithiest way to sum up Chicago’s representation this year: No surprises.
The major categories brought back familiar names: Spiaggia,...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Former Spago and future Helms Bakery pastry chef Sherry Yard will be among the new inductees into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, the hall of fame of the culinary world.
Other honorees include...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Location, location, location: The old adage doesn't just apply to real estate holdings. When you're choosing the venue for your wedding, the setting establishes the tone for the whole shebang. Take our quiz and find out which up-and-coming venues fit...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 10:00 PM
671 N. St. Clair St. 312-642-1800
Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up
Chicago is in the midst of such an Italian restaurant renaissance that you can almost smell the garlic in the air. The prince of orange clogs, Mario Batali, and...
| Dec 13, 2013
Review: Nico Osteria
1015 N. Rush St. 312-994-7100
Rating: !!!1/2 (out of 4) Heating up
She didn’t like her name. Herbert Tobias, the photographer who discovered her, agreed. “Christa Paffgen” was guttural, inelegant, a moniker...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Within the unwarranted glut of classroom documentaries in recent years, "School of Babel" will rise to the front ranks, avoiding gratuitous cuteness in favor of a more substantive focus on the struggles of international adolescents coping with the...
| Nov 15, 2013
South Floridians may be used to Americanized Asian food like that served at Pei Wei, but the LuckyRice Festival aims to show them what authentic Asian food is like.
"I want to introduce the people of Miami to great Asian cuisine, and show them what...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 5:41 AM
A new bakery has opened up in Merchants Square.
The Blackbird Bakery has taken up shop in the space formerly occupied by the Nancy Thomas Gallery. It’s owned and operated by David Everett, who also owns The Trellis Restaurant, DoG Street Pub and...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 1:21 PM
The Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame have announced their 2013 inductees: Paul Kahan, whose restaurants include Avec, Blackbird and The Publican; Rich Melman, founder of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises; and pastry chef Alain Roby, who owns...
| Jun 18, 2013
Executive pastry chef, Trump International Hotel and Tower
401 N. Wabash Ave.
Patrick Fahy, 34, was born in Rogers Park into a family of five. Mom's specialties were meatloaf and corn chowder with bacon, dad's was French omelets. He...