| Apr 6, 2011
| 1:11 PM
Another day, another award for Stephanie Izard. At least she has company this time.
Izard, named Tuesday to Food & Wine’s annual Best New Chefs list, is among the 18 Chicago chefs, restaurateurs and beverage professionals dubbed “Rising...
| Aug 26, 2010
Five years ago, I wrote that chef Stephanie Izard had "a fanaticism for balance that a Wallenda might envy."
Two years ago, after Izard had emerged victorious in the fourth season of "Top Chef," I joked that she should get out of the restaurant business,...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 2:05 PM
Chefs Paul Virant (Vie/Perennial Virant) and Chis Pandel (The Bristol/soon-to-open Balena) will go head-to-head next Monday, July 25 at 6 p.m. as part of the Boka Restaurant Group's new summer quickfire competition series.
Want to be a judge? How about...
| Nov 10, 2011
As the second Michelin Guide for Chicago prepares to hit bookstores next week, one thing is for sure: There will be change.
There has to be. Among the 23 restaurants that received one or more stars, Sixteen (one star) saw chef Frank Brunacci depart,...
| Nov 15, 2011
| 4:04 PM
In Chicago’s dining scene, there is Alinea, and there is everybody else.
That’s the message being conveyed in the 2012 Michelin Guide Chicago, whose star ratings were announced Tuesday afternoon. Only Alinea, which also earned three stars...
| Sep 26, 2011
(Bill Daley co-wrote this story)
That was about all the hundreds of revelers at Chicago Gourmet, the two-day food and wine festival at Millennium Park over the weekend, had to complain about.
Efficiently-moving food lines and nine chef-...
| Oct 13, 2011
If you're not joining the throngs gathering at Shaw's Crab House for this week's "Royster with the Oyster" celebration, here are a few other seafood specialists worth your attention:
Big & Little's (not rated) 939 N. Orleans St., 312-943-0000.
| Dec 30, 2011
Close watchers of Chicago's food scene may have been surprised to learn that Alinea — one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the city and the world — failed its routine health inspection a month ago.
But what may seem like a big...
| May 24, 2011
Q: How do you tell longtime friends they are not as good cooks as they think they are? Leathery ravioli, tough soft-shell crab, pork chops bloody at the bone; these are a few of the meals I have endured at their hands. They have informed me that their...
| Jun 16, 2011
Eventually, the restaurant team of Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz will open a restaurant that fails to live up to expectations. Mostly because expectations for this everything-touched-turns-golden duo keep rising.
How can they not? From Boka to Girl & the Goat...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 5:18 AM
The AAA Five- and Four-Diamond Awards for restaurants and hotels were announced this morning, and Chicago wound up tied with New York with the most five-diamond restaurants in North America.
All of Chicago's Five-Diamond restaurants or hotels were repeat...
| Feb 6, 2012
| 1:01 PM
GT Fish & Oyster
531 N. Wells St. 312-929-3501
Rating: !!!! (out of 4) Already hot
The scene: Seriously bustling. The decor at GT in River North, the latest Boka Restaurant Group eatery, is all ships-at-sea paintings, plates set with fishing sinkers...