| Sep 14, 2011
| 7:21 AM
If you've already got your tickets to the fourth annual Chicago Gourmet, which takes place Sept. 24 and 25 in Millennium Park, here's a way to plan your assault on the two-day food and wine festival.
The Illinois Restaurant Association, which organizes...
| Sep 21, 2011
| 1:55 PM
What list of the top 50 restaurants “fit for foodies,” puts San Francisco in first place, Chicago in second with Boston, Seattle and New York (yes, New York) jockeying for third? The Diners’ Choice Awards, brought to you by the 10...
| Jan 28, 2012
| 11:58 AM
The Jean Banchet Awards, the local Emmy's of the restaurant world, were announced in a lavish ceremony hosted by Steve Dolinsky and Alpana Singh at the Fairmont Hotel Friday night. The awards were part of the 15th annual Grand Chefs Gala. Chef Jimmy...
| Jun 8, 2012
| 1:34 PM
Not surprisingly, Bryce Caron didn't stay unemployed very long.
The pastry chef, who did outstanding work at Blackbird before his recent and sudden dismissal, has joined Graham Elliot restaurant (217 W. Huron St., 312-624-9975).
Caron, who was named one...
| May 9, 2011
| 6:41 PM
Maybe it was the name.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.
How else do you account for its Chicago founder, Rich Melman, being nominated six consecutive times for the James Beard Foundation's outstanding restaurateur of the year award and never winning?...
| Sep 20, 2012
The fifth annual Chicago Gourmet (full name: Bon Appetit Presents Chicago Gourmet) will take place Sept. 29 and 30 in Millennium Park. Hundreds of Chicagoans and visitors will be there; here are five reasons to be one of them.
It's worth the splurge:...
| May 23, 2012
| 10:02 AM
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had dinner at upscale Mexican restaurant Mercadito Monday while in Chicago for NATO. And as you would expect, he had plenty of company.
Besides the Prince's table of seven, the large...
| May 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
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...
| 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...
| May 8, 2012
WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama will give the spouses of NATO leaders a taste of her native South Side on May 20 before a private dinner for them at the Art Institute of Chicago, her aides said Monday.
She's inviting the group to tour the...
| Jul 8, 2011
| 11:51 AM
Blackbird (619 W. Randolph St., 312-715-0708) has announced that Bryce Caron, executive pastry chef at Custom House restaurant, has been brought aboard as Blackbird's head pastry chef.
It's less of a job change and more of a homecoming for Caron, who was...
| Jun 8, 2011
| 2:37 PM
Pastry chef Patrick Fahy announced last week that he would be leaving Blackbird and Avec after two years on the job. Now we know where he’ll be heading next: The Sofitel.
Fahy will be joining the Gold Coast hotel in early July as executive pastry...