| May 10, 2012
| 7:07 AM
The first time I had steak tartare was at Maude's Liquor Bar.
Hardly a late bloomer when it comes to the wonder of raw beef and runny egg -- I was only 24.
But if it hadn't been for the drinks, the crushing crowd at the bar, the desperate rush for late...
| 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...
| Sep 8, 2012
| 3:00 PM
Move over, all you Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger wanna-bes. Here come Chicago’s Rick Bayless, Tony Mantuano and Art Smith, along with 87 other renowned chefs, willing to perform a little kitchen diplomacy on behalf of the U.S. Department of...
| May 25, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Oprah Winfrey (left) and Maria Shriver hold hands during the taping of "Surprise Oprah!" at the United Center on May 17, 2011. (Reuters/John Gress) Following the taping of her final "Oprah" show on Tuesday, Oprah Winfrey had dinner in Spiaggia's private...
| Apr 20, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Cool story about local chefs gathering at a Bucktown restaurant to help raise money for victims of the Japanese earthquake. Here's the Tribune story: Just once, too many cooks in the kitchen was a good idea. By one count Monday night, a dozen chefs...
| Mar 2, 2011
Best bet: Secrets of a famous chef
Grant Achatz, chef/co-owner of Alinea, and co-owner Nick Kokonas, in conversation with Eric Ferguson, discuss and sign their new book, "Life, On the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death and Redefining...
| Jan 12, 2011
| 3:13 PM
The notion of Italian beer has long generated snickers, and for two reasons: The ubiquitous brands -- Peroni and Moretti -- aren't very interesting and the country is better known for their luscious wines.
Well, hold the wine and snicker no more.
| Jan 9, 2011
The notion of Italian beer has long generated snickers, and for two convincing reasons: The ubiquitous brands — Peroni and Moretti — aren't very interesting and the country is known to produce another alcoholic beverage from time to time....
| Apr 15, 2011
| 12:56 PM
While making your weekend plans, don't forget to include Monday night.
Japanese-born Takashi Yagihashi is hosting a special dinner Monday at Takashi restaurant (1952 N. Damen Ave.) to benefit the victims of Japan's earthquake and subsequent tsunami....
| Oct 10, 2011
Levy Restaurants Chief Executive Andy Lansing takes a simple approach to hiring. He looks, he says, "for nice" when trying to place talent at one of his company's 15 restaurants and 100-plus food-service venues, from Churchill Downs to Lambeau Field.
| Jun 1, 2011
| 8:50 AM
Bistro 110 (110 E. Pearson St., 312-266-3110), a Gold Coast fixture since 1987, will bid adieu to Chicago on Aug. 4. The venerable bistro is making room for a new concept, led by chef Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia, Terzo Piano).
The as-yet-unnamed restaurant,...