| May 23, 2012
| 8:39 AM
1723 N. Halsted St. 312-867-0110
Chef/owner Grant Achatz’s world-famous wonderland of molecular gastronomy should be on the bucket list of every foodie. The 18-course tasting menu is presented with avant-garde serveware and utensils so...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 7:23 PM
Cookbook writing is in its heyday and writing about food and cooking and families has never been more popular. Books such as "Julia and Julia: 365 Days, 534 Recipes and 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen" have even been made into mainstream movies. Cooking and food...
| Jun 15, 2012
841 W. Randolph St. 312-888-2258
Rating: !!!½ (out of four) Heating up
Chef Graham Elliot's been known to ruffle feathers. Over the years, he's pissed off Yelp reviewers, argued with critics and can be brutally honest as a judge on "MasterChef."...
| 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...
| Nov 14, 2011
| 6:00 AM
Serious Eats is branching out. The blog launched Serious Eats Chicago today.
The online home of A Hamburger Today and the pizza blog Slice already has a New York City-specific blog. Chicago is its first foray beyond that.
Former Grub Street Chicago...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 10:59 AM
**1/2 (out of four)
Despite the title of Gereon Wetzel’s documentary “El Bulli: Cooking in Progress,” there is, in fact, no cooking in progress at El Bulli. The avant-garde restaurant in the coastal town of Roses, Spain closed several...
| Dec 1, 2011
116 W. Hubbard St. 312-464-0466
Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start
Watch out, Melman brothers. Your Hubbard Street spots, Hub 51 and Paris Club, definitely bring the crowds, but the next block over—100 West—might...
| Dec 11, 2011
| 7:16 PM
In January 2010, chef Curtis Duffy took a one-month sabbatical from Avenues to creatively recharge. He set a goal for himself: conceptualize one dish for every day that month (one he came up with was called “The Life Cycle of Fennel”). He...
| May 4, 2011
| 10:03 AM
955 W. Fulton Market 312-226-0868
Hours: 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. - Wednesday through Sunday
Rating: 4 out of 4, Already hot
You probably can’t afford The Aviary.
At least, you probably don’t think you can. I know I didn’t....
| 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...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 11:00 AM
At the time of our interview, "Chopped" judge Alex Guarnaschelli and her co-star Geoffrey Zakarian were both still in the running on Food Network's uber-chef cook-off, "The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs." Despite my earnest predictions that one or the other...
| Jan 1, 2012
| 6:57 PM
New Year's Eve is a time for drama, but chef Charlie Trotter outdid himself Sunday.
Shortly after midnight, in front of some 100 guests in his eponymous restaurant, Trotter dropped a bomb: At the end of August, after the acclaimed restaurant celebrates...