| 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...
| Feb 21, 2013
On menus across the country, rabbit dishes are multiplying like — do I have to say it?
All manner of restaurants are embracing the bunny. Food & Wine restaurant editor Kate N. Krader heralded rabbit as "the great new sustainable meat" for 2013....
| Feb 6, 2013
If I were to gripe about the Restaurant Week lunch menu at Sepia (123 N. Jefferson St., 312-441-1920), it would be a mild complaint that the $22 menu has only two choices in each of its three courses.
It's not a problem when you're a table for two; it...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 6:11 AM
Hartford mother, Carmen Veal, recently featured in this Mommy Minute article, has been chosen to travel to Washington DC to help out with the Inaugural Ball. As a volunteer for the Obama campaign - making calls, canvassing neighborhoods and entering data...
| Dec 4, 2012
Q: See if you can find out if the Villa Girgenti passed their pizza recipe out to anyone when they closed their place on Paulina. It was a '60s North Side high school hangout, and they had the best thin crust pizza ever. What a waste to no longer sell it....
| Apr 21, 2013
If you're looking for the big speech about the Boston Marathon bombings and the motivations of the Tsarnaev brothers, wrapping it all up like a nice veal roast in white butcher paper, don't worry.
You won't have to wait long. There's definitely a market...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 8:07 PM
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — This island offers so many visual treats — gorgeous beaches, rugged hills, beautiful churches and majestic historic forts — that dining becomes a virtual afterthought. A hunk of meat or fish, some sides of mofongo...
| Sep 4, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Retail sales Retailers posted surprisingly solid August sales numbers thanks to heavy discounts during the back-to-school season, which drove healthy levels of traffic and sales. Tax-free holidays that were held in several states in August provided an...
| Dec 10, 2010
| 9:34 PM
It's been a while since my last Basic Training post, mainly because my body has been beaten into submission by the long work hours followed up by late nights at culinary school. But this week's osso buco lesson at Ecole de Cuisine is too good to horde....