| Feb 8, 2013
| 1:50 PM
Chicago Restaurant Week ends Sunday, but a few dozen restaurants will extend their $22 lunch, $33 and/or $44 dinner offers for a few more days, or more.
This will be the fifth straight year this has happened; Chicago restaurants, happy with the extra...
| Jun 13, 2013
Summer is the sweet season for restaurants. Fresh produce is abundant, daylight lasts longer and restaurants are busier and bigger (with the addition of outdoor seats) than at any other time of the year.
So once again I'm trotting out my Summer Eating...
| 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...
| May 9, 2013
Restaurant Michael in Winnetka feels a bit like stepping back into the famed Le Francais dining room in Wheeling, except it's cozier, a touch more casual, with brighter lighting and upbeat jazz gently playing on the speakers. It all makes sense because...
| May 2, 2013
Mother's Day is a little more than a week away, so if you haven't made brunch/dinner plans, it's time to get cracking. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Allium. Mother's Day brunch seatings from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Expansive buffet with...
| Apr 11, 2013
The finest gnocchi in Chicago is served at Spiaggia and at A Tavola, and third place isn't even close.
Recipes aside, the differences: Spiaggia luxuriates in Michigan Avenue opulence, with reams of glossy magazine paper having validated its four-star...
| Feb 2, 2012
Paul Kahan is the opposite of an enigma. He is easily explained. He is pleased by simple pleasures. He defines his life by four pillars: chef, record-store geek, husband, law-abiding citizen. Everything else is noise.
In judgment, he renders halfway...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 4:47 PM
Hedy Goldsmith of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami has been nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef in the prestigious 2012 James Beard Foundation awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition program honoring professionals in the...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 4:33 AM
There's nothing like sitting down to a three-course meal prepared by a top-name chef. But at Taste of Chicago?
If the City Council gives the OK, that could be an option in July.
An ordinance going before the City Council Wednesday would allow the...
| Mar 23, 2012
| 7:51 AM
Another year, another win for Kendall College School of Culinary Arts. For the second straight year, a Kendall student has won the S.Pellegrino "Almost Famous" student cooking competition. It's also Kendall's fourth win in this national competition....
| Dec 29, 2011
You can't count on snow for Christmas. You can't count on a 7-3 Bears team making the playoffs.
But you can count on my annual save-the-tables list, which provides dozens of last-minute, primo New Year's Eve reservations for procrastinating readers....