| Jan 13, 2013
We've all heard about Noma, the Danish restaurant at the forefront of the Nordic food movement headed by chef Rene Redzepi. But what does the impact of Nordic cuisine (and other influences on modern dining) look like on the plate at Chicago's leading...
| Jan 3, 2013
If only it were so easy to pithily proclaim 2012 as the Year of the (fill-in-the-blank). But there's really no one thread that neatly ties together the Chicago restaurant scene these last 12 months. A restaurant that put Chicago on the culinary map 25...
| Dec 27, 2012
I have this problem. I made more New Year's Eve reservations than I can use. More than 100 of them, actually.
Which is why, for the 12th straight year (and the 17th time in the past 19 years), I'll be giving them away to nimble-fingered readers who ask....
| Dec 23, 2012
Pali Mountain Retreat & Conference Center, 30778 State Route 18, Running Springs; (909) 867-5743, http://www.paliretreat.com. Retreat packages (open to groups of 25 or more) range from about $70 to $120 per person per night (including bunkhouse bed and...
| Dec 20, 2012
The trick to dining out on Christmas Day is finding interesting places that are open. Chinatown, where Christmas is just another day, is always an option, and hotel restaurants always offer something, if only to ensure that guests in the hotel don't go...
| Nov 29, 2012
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...
| Nov 8, 2012
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...
| Sep 27, 2012
Can a four-star meal begin with fried smelts and end with a Butterfinger bar? My last dinner at Sixteen says yes.
These are uncertain times for four-star dining in Chicago. Since last September, four previous top-rated restaurants have closed up shop...
| Aug 31, 2012
Editor's Note: In the time since our review, Bonsoiree has closed.
2728 W. Armitage Ave. 773-486-7511
Rating: 2.5 stars (out of four) Take it or leave it
Beverly Kim was perhaps the most controversial contestant on "Top Chef: Texas"...
| May 24, 2012
| 5:20 PM
Graham Motion can't help but hear snippets of news coming from Elmont, N.Y., where I'll Have Another is preparing for a shot at the first Triple Crown in 34 years.
"It's great for the sport," the Fair Hill-based trainer said. "But for us, it's tough,...
| May 24, 2012
| 3:39 PM
“Good. Happy. Excited.”
That’s what Zach Sherman said he was feeling after a graduation ceremony Thursday morning for students in Marshall Street School and the Job Development Program.
That appeared to be a sentiment shared by several...