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The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had dinner at upscale Mexican restaurant Mercadito Monday while in Chicago for NATO. And as you would expect, he had plenty of company. Besides the Prince's table of seven, the large...
Here's something you may not know about Open Table, the predominant online restaurant reservations system: When you book a table through the Open Table website, the restaurant is charged $1 per seated guest — so if you show up as a foursome, that'...
Graham Elliot is hot. The much-decorated chef owns three Chicago restaurants and will be inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame in two weeks. He shares screen time with Joe Bastianich and Gordon Ramsay judging "MasterChef" (just renewed for a...
The question for me is whether Blackbird is a four-star restaurant with three-star amenities, or a three-star restaurant with four-star cuisine. For though the food at this 14-year-old restaurant is exemplary (more on that in a moment), there are aspects...
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Who eats: This West Loop dining room pulls in business types, a surprising number of students and the occasional mild-mannered reporter. Why eat: Blackbird is one of the finest restaurants in the country (multiple James Beard nominations) as well as...
I don't know if teachers still do this, but at the end of each school year, I was handed a summer reading list, a sheet of required and optional books that would prepare students for the coming school year. (I still owe a measure of revenge to the teacher...
A year or so ago, not long before chef Ryan McCaskey opened Acadia in the South Loop, he began thinking about what his soon-to-be restaurant might serve at brunch. A lifelong Deadhead, he was traveling around the country, following what remains of the...
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...
Tags: Perennial Virant, Ria, Sixteen, Schwa, Boka
The fifth annual Chicago Gourmet (full name: Bon Appetit Presents Chicago Gourmet) will take place Sept. 29 and 30 in Millennium Park. Hundreds of Chicagoans and visitors will be there; here are five reasons to be one of them. It's worth the splurge:...
Foraging, I said to the couple across from me. It's kind of the thing here. Blank stares. Foraging, it's kind of the thing that the chef, Iliana Regan, that young soft-spoken woman in kitchen whites with her arms covered in tattoos who just served...
Rodrick Markus reached for the top shelf of a metal cabinet at the back of his office. "I know, I know, I know," he said to himself. His fingers worked across a row of jars and stopped at a tall glass cylinder. I had asked him about rare ingredients. Rare...
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Alinea, Chicago's most acclaimed restaurant, has used Open Table in the past to manage — though not take — reservations, but co-owner Nick Kokonas isn't shy about anticipating and working toward the service's demise. Kokonas, partners with...
Tags: Perennial Virant, Boka, Alinea, Marketing, The Aviary
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