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Two of the most acclaimed chefs in the nation have embarked on an extraordinary, unprecedented switcheroo. By the time you read this, Grant Achatz of Alinea will have completed a five-night stretch of cooking his food at Eleven Madison Park in New York....
Frozen spheres of cheese. Ham-wrapped baguettes containing exactly nothing. An air-filled foam of carrot that still manages to taste like the most intense carrot you've ever eaten. Part museum exhibit, part history retrospective, Next's latest menu, El...
Tags: Cheese Corn, Restaurants, CLTV News, Phil Vettel, Spain
When Charlie Trotter announced, just past the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day, that he would be closing his eponymous Chicago restaurant at the end of August, quite a few people vowed to get to Charlie Trotter's, one last time or even for the very...
Most Chicago actors do not bring their own Bunsen burners to the rehearsal room. But then, Rick Bayless — the creator of the phenomenally popular Chicago restaurants Topolobampo and Frontera Grill and a chef who embraced celebrity long before it...
This time, Next is selling memories. "Childhood," the latest menu from Next, Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas' shape-shifting restaurant, is a Proustian food journey that, although based on Achatz's and executive chef Dave Beran's childhoods, is designed...
Tags: Peanuts, Restaurants, CLTV, Phil Vettel, Macaroni and Cheese
Matthias Merges worked at Charlie Trotter's for 14-odd years, and he was the man for most of them, serving as chef de cuisine, corporate chef and finally director of operations. "He was the glue to that place," one restaurateur says, admiringly. That...
Tags: Peanuts, Restaurants, Grant Achatz, CLTV, Charlie Trotter's
Charlie Trotter was kidding when he cracked, "I thought it was a law in Chicago that you couldn't open a restaurant without working here first," but the truth is that one could assemble a formidable culinary all-star team consisting solely of chefs who...
Vera is a Spanish restaurant that feels like a local pub. That's not a complaint. Though the menu bulges with Iberico hams, Manchego cheese and Spanish chorizo, the sense of place emanating from the unpretentious restaurant is sweet home, Chicago....
Tags: Restaurants, Dining and Drinking, Butter, Garlic, Chives
Next, the shape-shifting restaurant by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas (the principals at world-famous Alinea), dazzled diners with its inaugural "Paris 1906" menu. For an encore, the kitchen went about as far afield as possible. To Bangkok, in fact. "We...
Tags: Restaurants, CLTV, Dining and Drinking, Arun's, Human Interest
Next is, without doubt, a unique restaurant. And it requires, for better and for worse, a unique approach to review. Because Next changes its concept every 13 weeks or so (exception: the El Bulli menu, which launched two weeks ago, continues through...
Daily Dish5 Questions for 13-year-old Flynn McGarry...
Daily DishMatt Molina, the executive chef at Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, was named the best chef in the Pacific region at the 2012 James Beard Foundation restaurant awards. Wolfgang Puck was awarded the lifetime achievement award....
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