| Sep 11, 2014
| 8:12 AM
Today's food news are brought to you by the letter B.
- Anytime a new Boka group restaurant is announced, the question comes up: Which bold-faced entity (in the vein of a Stephanie Izard, Paul Virant, Lee Wolen) will they bring on? In the case of its...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 10:18 AM
Chicago’s ramen culture has gone from zero to 100 in about a decade. Now, Bill Kim, the man who helped usher those noodles into local mainstream status with Urban Belly, is holding a ramen festival that will feature some of the city’s...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 7:47 AM
Tipping seems like a simple transaction between two parties. You eat at a restaurant, you experience good service, and in a show of gratitude you voluntarily leave the server a bonus $5 gratuity, a monetary pat on the back for a job well done.
| Aug 29, 2014
| 11:33 AM
Burgers, Bourbon and Beer
Publican Quality Meats 825 W. Fulton Market 312-445-8977
Chef Lee Wolen of the Michelin-starred restaurant Boka creates a signature veggie burger with date aioli, pickled cauliflower, harissa and arugula that will...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 6:30 AM
It's not happening until mid-October, but tickets are on sale -- and going quickly -- for the three-day Food & Wine Festival Oct. 14-16 at Eataly (43 E. Ohio St.).
The big event of the three-day festival is a "Wine Around," a stand-up event from 6-10 p....
| Jul 24, 2014
| 8:41 AM
Two concurrent noteworthy items from the world of Chicago pastry chefs: First comes news that Thomas Raquel is departing South Loop’s Acadia for New York. He will be taking over as executive pastry chef at Le Bernardin, the renowned seafood-...
| Mar 20, 2014
If the culinary world had a "Three Tenors"-like tour, it couldn't do much better than chefs Ferran Adria, Andoni Luis Aduriz and Grant Achatz — and the music likely would make your head spin.
Adria was the chef of Spain's El Bulli, which topped...
| May 14, 2014
| 10:00 PM
I can't decide if Boka is the best new restaurant, or the most-improved old restaurant, in Chicago.
Boka, the first restaurant by owners Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz (whose portfolio bulges with a half-dozen highly regarded restaurants, and more on the way)...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:22 PM
Before there was “Top Chef,” “MasterChef” or “Iron Chef,” before chefs were multimedia celebrities who could monetize their volcanic personalities, before “farm-to-table” and “American cuisine”...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 11:07 AM
The Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence — the local Emmys equivalent to the James Beard Foundation Awards — is the annual ceremony celebrating the achievements in Chicago’s restaurant community. This year’s nominees were...
| Feb 6, 2014
There was more than one Italian restaurant to debut in December by a veteran restaurateur and a culinary dream team. I wrote about Nico Osteria, in the Gold Coast, a few weeks ago; now let's regard Cicchetti, a Streeterville restaurant that is doing...
| 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...