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  • Chicago Gourmet schedule launches Wednesday

    Chicago Gourmet schedule launches Wednesday
    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...
  • Top 50 restaurants for foodies? Here's what Diners' Choice Awards says

    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...
  • Giuseppe Tentori, Next among winners at 2012 Jean Banchet Award

    Giuseppe Tentori, Next among winners at 2012 Jean Banchet Award
    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...
  • Pastry chef Bryce Caron joins team at Graham Elliot

    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...
  • At long last, Rich Melman a Beard award winner

    At long last, Rich Melman a Beard award winner
    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?...
  • Go on, take a bite

     Go on, take a bite
    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:...
  • Turkey president shops at Brooks Brothers and other NATO sightings

    Turkey president shops at Brooks Brothers and other NATO sightings
    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...
  • 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 GruntsĀ and other notable restaurants...
  • 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...
  • Michelle Obama to host NATO spouses at 2 Chicago events

    Michelle Obama to host NATO spouses at 2 Chicago events
    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...
  • Blackbird announces new pastry chef

    Blackbird announces new pastry chef
    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...
  • Pastry chef Patrick Fahy heading to The Sofitel

    Pastry chef Patrick Fahy heading to The Sofitel
    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...