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In spite of its wild popularity and critical acclaim, and hence the large crowds that usually keep me out of restaurants that are wildly popular and critically acclaimed, the Purple Pig is where I was sitting one recent night awaiting the arrival of...
Tags: Rhode Island, New York, Maine, Louisiana, Mario Batali
Tribune Media GroupCelebrities are cashing in on their fame by designing clothes, concocting fragrances, writing books and creating fine art. For those shopping for the celebrity obsessed, it has never been easier. Anderson's Bookshop in Downers Grove and Naperville...
Art Smith is having quite a winter. He turns 50 on March 1 — the same day he celebrates Common Threads' fifth annual World Festival fundraiser at Soldier Field, which boasts (for $250 a ticket) dishes prepared by Rick Bayless, David Burke, Tyler...
WGN NewsBehind the 12 foot fences and razor wire at the Cook County Jail is a bounty of fresh food from the Sheriff's Garden Program. For a select group of inmates, imprisonment means punishment, but also opportunity. "I watched it grow. The same thing as I...
In a java-loving world dominated by Starbucks and flavored with local roasters ranging from Metropolis and Casteel to Stewarts and PapaNicholas, Zell has carved a niche for Intelligentsia based on his coffee — and coffee-drinking —...
Daily DishThinking ahead, the Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation will choose a candidate to represent the U.S. in the 2011 Bocuse d'Or in February, early enough so that the competitor has time to train. The U.S. semifinals are set for Feb. 6,......
Tribune staff reporterIn late December, the Tribune profiled a young blind woman chasing her dream of becoming a chef. (Read the original story). Laura Martinez will finish her work at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary program at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of...
Tags: CBS Corp., Entertainment, Television
These are the last days of Sona, the elegant restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard that has been a fixture of Los Angeles' fine-dining scene for nearly eight years. On Saturday, after the final mignardises go out to the last diners, the restaurant will...
Chicago Breaking BusinessBy Phil Vittel | Charlie Trotter has closed his Las Vegas restaurants, Restaurant Charlie and Bar Charlie, effective today. Thursday night was the final night of service for both restaurants, located in the Palazzo Resort, Hotel & Casino on the Las...
Tribune staff reporterFirst impressions: Located in an Avondale strip mall between a laundromat and a dry cleaner, Urban Belly is a hip noodle and dumpling shop that feels as if it dropped in from Mars. It is supposed to be an antidote to the high-end dining that chef Bill Kim...
Tags: Japan, Mushrooms, Pasta, Restaurants, Garlic
Tribune restaurant criticFew restaurants beckon from the street as invitingly as Le Lan, an Asian-French hybrid in River North. The large picture window, its edges frosted to create a transparent moon, offers passersby full views of the bamboo and green-tile dining room,...
Tags: Coconut, Limes, Pineapple, Foods and Beverages, Souffle
Tribune staff reporterAigre Doux 230 W. Kinzie St.; 312-329-9400. Reviewed on April 5 Though the name means "sweet and sour," there's scarcely a distasteful note to be found in this remarkable restaurant, run by husband-wife team Mohammad Islam (chef) and Malika Ameen...
Tags: Shrimp, Breast, New York, Credit and Debt, River North
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