| Aug 5, 2010
Pull up in front of the new Red O on Melrose and, before deigning to take your car, a valet in an embroidered guayabera and natty straw hat will lean into the window to ask, politely, if you've got a reservation. It's Mozza all over again. No reservation,...
| Feb 24, 2011
Man, I wish I'd gotten this assignment two years ago.
The task of matching Oscar-nominated films to appropriate restaurants is challenge enough, but it's even harder these days, thanks to the Academy's esteem-building decision to expand the number of...
| Aug 8, 2011
| 10:00 PM
I didn’t laugh harder during all of the last TV season than when, on “Parks and Recreation,” Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) developed his Haverfoods slang that, for example, dubs cakes “big-old cookies,” tortillas “bean...
| Aug 8, 2011
| 8:31 AM
There's still time to get tickets for Share Our Strengths's Taste of the Nation, the star-studded chef gala benefiting anti-hunger efforts nationwide, taking place 7-10 p.m. Wednesday at Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom.
Event chairs R.J. Melman and Mindy...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 6:34 AM
Garage sales with mismatched glassware and old power tools are pretty common. The garage sale scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Michelin-starred NAHA restaurant will be anything but common.
Dubbed the Culinary Garage Sale & Bake Sale, bargain...
| Oct 16, 2011
Ideas are bubbling that can help Chicago fix the dismaying lack of open space away from its park-rich lakefront.
New York is closing lightly trafficked local streets and turning them into temporary playgrounds. San Francisco is taking parking spaces...
| Sep 20, 2011
| 7:54 AM
Rick Bayless is adding another leaf to his already formidable repertoire of celebrity chef, researcher, author, TV host and all-around culinary entrepreneur focused on the cuisine of Mexico.
Next spring, Bayless will be the live-and-in-person star of a...
| Sep 22, 2011
| 10:16 AM
The fourth annual Chicago Gourmet food and wine festival, running Saturday and Sunday at Millennium Park, is just a couple of days away. If you're planning to go, and really you should. here's some useful information:
Getting in: There's a second...
| 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,...
| May 16, 2011
| 8:00 AM
Maybe it was last week's heat and humidity wave, but we Stewsters have been looking ahead to summer (still more than a month away, officially), which of course means summer coolers.
So what drink says "summer" to you? For me, it might be the mojito at...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 1:34 PM
In today's Dining section, we get dreamy for Alma, the latest collaborative beer between Goose Island and Frontera Grill. At press time, it looked as if the beer would only be around for another week, but good news: it should be on draft at Frontera...
| Dec 26, 2011
Out to lunch: Topolobampo, 445 N. Clark St.Who eats: Businesspeople, out-of-towners and, this time of year, lots of end-of-year revelers.
Why eat: The most decorated Mexican restaurant in America; Rick Bayless' Topolobampo and Frontera Grill (the...