| Mar 31, 2011
| 12:03 AM
The task was simple. OK, it was as simple as feeding 70 people on 24 hours notice could be. Having made it to the final, Mike and Richard were told to show what would be at the restaurant of their dreams in the form of a four-course tasting menu.
| Apr 5, 2011
| 6:57 AM
Stephanie Izard was named one of the best new chefs in the country by Food & Wine magazine Tuesday. The annual list, comprising chefs who have run their restaurants for less than five years, tabbed the former "Top Chef'"winner along with a slew of other...
| Apr 5, 2011
| 8:27 AM
Let's put a bow on this season of "Top Chef." Here's a look inside the numbers:
Before the season started we rolled out the "Top Chef" Power Index, a formula to evaluate how the cheftestants did within their season. When we apply it to Season 8, here's...
| 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...
| Apr 22, 2011
| 8:37 AM
The Food Network's casting call for "Next Iron Chef" might have read like this:
"WANTED: One chef who – with help – can crank out five top-flight dishes within an hour under stressful conditions, surrounded by cameras and judged by a group of...
| May 9, 2011
| 6:41 PM
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?...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 3:10 PM
Jennifer Olvera serves up the skinny on all things edible, sippable and growable in her new book, “Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago” (Globe Pequot, $15.95).
The book contains pithy restaurant reviews, a food festival calendar, tippling...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 2:16 PM
While dozens of Chicago chefs sit waiting for the city to legalize cooking on food trucks, others are working under existing rules that require all food to be pre-packaged and kept warm on the truck.
But at least one restaurant group has decided to...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 1:36 PM
Chef Stephanie Izard hitches a ride on the Lillie's Q food truck for two book signings and tasting parties Thursday.
She’s promoting her cookbook "Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats and Drinks," which launches Wednesday,...
| 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-...
| Sep 21, 2011
| 1:55 PM
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...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 10:43 AM
When chef Stephanie Izard was preparing to open her now insanely popular restaurant Girl & the Goat, she conducted a series of what you could call underground dinners, under the name Wandering Goat.
Now she’s back at it, but this time wandering...