| Jan 14, 2009
Commander in chef
Despite some foodie salivating over the idea of a star wearing the chef's whites in Barack Obama's kitchen, the current White House chef is keeping her job. Michelle Obama says she and the White House chef have something in common,...
| Aug 9, 2009
In his thick Italian accent and broken English, former "Top Chef" contestant Fabio Viviani spoke of his dream, his secret dream, to a crowd huddled under a tent at the Farmers Market. It was, he said with a bowl of cilantro nearby, to "be filthy rich,...
| Nov 21, 2013
Got a few use-'em-or-lose-'em vacation days to burn before the calendar turns over to 2014? Besides sleeping in, having an extra cocktail the night before and watching trashy daytime television, you'll also be able to finally hit up those ever-so-...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 10:31 AM
Some of the busiest travel days of the year are here, Chicago, and our city's two airports will play a prominent role as people fly in and out of the city to visit relatives for Thanksgiving. Chicagoans who fly often enough have learned to love their...
| Nov 17, 2013
We're supposed to be husky, brawling, big-shouldered. Not whiny, defensive, thin-skinned.
What diminishes Chicago's image, its standing, its brand is not a TV comedian's critique of local cuisine, experts concluding a tall building is no longer the...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 8:39 AM
Leave it to Charlie Trotter to inspire mourners to think more about the second word of “memorial service” than the first.
The much-celebrated chef, who died last Tuesday at age 54 from as-yet-to-be-determined causes, certainly was...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 9:24 AM
Since when did chefs — you know, the folks who pan-fry pork chops for your satiation — become intriguing enough to fill auditorium speaking engagements? The list isn't long, but one such chef with the box office draw to headline a Chicago...
| Nov 3, 2013
(Editor's note: This is a longer version of a story that appeared in the Chicago Tribune's Sunday features section.)
Deann Groen Bayless has spent nearly three decades in the Chicago restaurant business and says she has never felt dismissed or...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:43 AM
Dining with a difference: Gourmet waffle restaurant Bruxie will celebrate its third anniversary with a charity fundraiser Friday; 10% of proceeds will benefit the Independence Fund, which provides all-terrain wheelchairs to injured veterans. Area...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 9:59 AM
It seems chef Rick Bayless has been by bitten the acting bug. In addition to next summer's remount of Lookingglass Theatre Company's "Cascabel," a dining-entertainment fusion show being presented at the Goodman Theatre, Bayless will be trying his hand...
| Oct 25, 2013
Mini-review: Sala Bua
2002 S. Wentworth Ave. 312-808-1770
Rating: !! 1/2 (out of four) Take it or leave it
For a long time, Mexican food in America was mostly a Tex-Mex hybrid featuring hefty doses of monterey jack and sour cream on deep-fried flour...