| 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...
| 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 13, 2013
| 8:39 AM
Leave it to Charlie Trotter to inspire mourners to think more about the second word of “memorial service” than the first.
The much-celebrated chef, who died last Tuesday at age 54 from as-yet-to-be-determined causes, certainly was...
| 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...
| Sep 13, 2013
1729 N. Halsted St. 312-337-6070
With Steppenwolf and The Royal George Theatre just down the street, this dining room makes a stunning setting for a pre-theater dinner or date. Former Charlie Trotter's chef Giuseppe Tentori changes the contemporary...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 3:19 PM
Corporations have exit interviews; chefs never have an exit interview," says Ina Pinkney. "So this is really something for me."
Pinkney, aka The Breakfast Queen, creator of Heavenly Hots, Chocolate Blobs and other signature dishes, is hanging up her...
| Jun 13, 2013
Summer is the sweet season for restaurants. Fresh produce is abundant, daylight lasts longer and restaurants are busier and bigger (with the addition of outdoor seats) than at any other time of the year.
So once again I'm trotting out my Summer Eating...
| Nov 8, 2012
Time once again for my annual exercise in humiliation, as I try to predict the star recipients in the 2013 Michelin Chicago Guide, which hits bookstores Wednesday.
This is the third year that Michelin has published a Chicago guide, and if there's one...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 1:37 PM
Amanda Rockman, whose pastry wizardry at Balena (1633 N. Halsted St., 312-867-3888) and The Bristol (2152 N. Damen Ave., 773-862-5555) earned her a Chicago Tribune Dining Award earlier this year, will leave her two-restaurant gig in two weeks.
| Oct 11, 2012
| 4:19 PM
Some vehicles are in a class of their own.
Laguna Beach Rotary Club's ninth annual Classic Car Show on Sunday at the Festival of Arts Grounds and the Village Entrance parking lot featured 188 classics in 30 classes — ranging from antiques to hot...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 7:12 AM
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery (Frankfort, KY) and Three Floyds Brewing Co. (Munster, IN) will be featured in a special dinner at Boka (1729 N. Halsted St., 312-337-6070).
The dinner takes place Oct. 3, but tickets (and only 90 will be sold) go on sale...
| Mar 21, 2011
| 7:15 AM
Ready for another week of affordable, multi-course meals at top Chicago restaurants?
Chicago Chef Week is underway, running through Saturday, during which some 52 restaurants will feature three-course lunches for $22 and three-course...