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A Darien man will be the new executive chef of a popular Southern-style restaurant that will open in the western suburb this spring. Perry Kokotis, 33, was chosen to be the top chef at Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe, which is opening a second restaurant...
RedEyeYou've already waited in line for popcorn at Garrett. You've endured verbal abuse at The Wieners Circle. And you've devoured the Chicago classic that is the Italian beef sandwich (Al's #1 and Johnnie's being the best, depending on who you ask). So...
Tribune criticFor Jason Vincent, the only downside in being named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs in America,” was the timing. Making the 2013 list of 10 chefs meant Vincent had to spend Tuesday in New York for the announcement, photo...
Tags: Dining and Drinking, Grant Achatz, Restaurants, Nightwood, Wines
The conversation crackled after Wednesday night's Chicago Forward program on the future of the arts in Chicago. “I thought this was an especially auspicious panel with views you don’t often hear,” Tribune arts critic and co-moderator...
Tags: The Second City, Chris Jones
It is rare indeed to find such illustrious cultural names sharing a panel: Michelle Boone, Chicago's Commissioner of Cultural Affairs; Rick Bayless, the famous chef and one of Chicago's most important cultural entrepreneurs; Jeanne Gang, the hugely...
Tags: Chris Jones
Chuck's Southern Comforts Café should be open in two months near 80th Street and Cass Avenue in Darien, as plans also continue on a new bank and a big box expansion. The restaurant will have the same menu — Creole, Mexican, southern and slow-...
The Dish - Orlando SentinelLimes and tequila rule. It's National Margarita Day. Here are favorite libations from the Orlando Sentinel recipe archives. Feel free to share your recipes with us too. Watermelon Mango Margarita Yield: 3 servings. 2 cups chopped seedless watermelon...
Tribune reporterWhile Chicago's chi-chi foodies gather each autumn at Millennium Park for gourmet food, Chicago's crunchy foodies gather each spring at UIC forum for “good food.” But eating is only part of the annual Good Food Festival (formerly called...
Tribune reporterLet us take a moment to honor the creation called a margarita on February 22, its national holiday. You may use a mix. You may pop for the priciest tequila at the liquor store. Go ahead. We're sticking with the pros for their tips on two of the three...
Q: I found a recipe that called for Mexican Oregano is this different than the Italian Oregano that I have in my spice rack? —Andrew Maselli, Chicago A: Yes, the two are different plants and each oregano has its own "personality," according to...
Tags: Mexico, Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune
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