| Jan 3, 2013
A roundup of restaurants reviewed in 2012 by critic Phil Vettel.
Acadia ✭✭✭ 1639 S. Wabash Ave., 312-360-9500. Ryan McCaskey's gamble to place a luxury restaurant in the South Loop is, so far, paying off. People are crowding into...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 7:52 AM
There's so much drooly food porn on TV these days, it takes an exceptional subject to arrest our senses and hold our attention. Now 86, Jiro Ono — the world's premier sushi chef — is that subject. And the lovely little documentary “...
| May 11, 2012
| 11:28 AM
Macy's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
111 N. State Street - Lower Level
Yield: 4 servings
1/4 cup dried wood ear mushrooms
| May 18, 2012
| 8:12 AM
Student performances and Top Chef stations were the main attractions at "A Taste for the Arts" benefiting the Chicago Academy of the Arts. More than 350 attended the free performances by students and alumni May 10 at the Harris Theater. The show opened...
| 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...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 4:38 AM
Curtis introduces the Quickfire with the absolute worst two words any high schooler has ever used to start an essay: "Throughout history," (insert my inner English major gouging out her eyes here).
The challenge? Make a sexy dish using ingredients...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 4:43 AM
It's getting down to the wire, my friends. Five chefs remain: Lorena, Chris, Patricia, Takashi, and Kerry.
This week the Quickfire challenge is all about prep (my favorite kind!). Each chef must separate 18 eggs, grate two pounds of parmesan, and butcher...
| Jul 26, 2012
| 4:14 AM
Editor's note: We are thrilled to welcome Mary Alice of Charm City Cakes as our recapper for the new season of "Top Chef Masters." We think it's a sin that she doesn't have her own Wikipedia page. But she does have a fan page. Take it away, Mary.
| Aug 2, 2012
| 3:32 AM
Episode two starts off right to the point -- there will be no quickfire this week, we have no time for such nonsense! Right to the elimination challenge, which, if you watched last week's preview (or saw the title of this episode), is no surprise. ...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 8:41 PM
The final showdown on "Top Chef: Texas" pitted a Texan against a Chicagoan raised in Texas.
And sorry to disappoint, y'all, but it was Austin-based chef Paul Qui who won the title on Wednesday's finale over Chicagoan chef Sarah Grueneberg of award-...
| Mar 8, 2012
Takashi Yagihashi, a fine-dining chef if ever there were one, is adjusting to life as a casual-restaurant owner. It probably helps that his new spot, Slurping Turtle, has been a runaway hit since its doors opened in late November.
"I was hoping for a...