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Tribune reporterPaul Kahan, who received the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef award last week, and Rick Bayless, who won his Outstanding Chef award in 1991 (the first Chicago chef so honored), will head the Mazda6 Celebrity Chef du Jour lineup at Taste of...
RedEyeThe Taste of Chicago is bringing back its Celebrity Chef du Jour series with a fresh line-up of big-name local chefs. Featured chefs for the fine-dining experience include Rick Bayless, Carrie Nahabedian, Giuseppe Tentori, Gale Gand, The Hearty Boys and...
No restaurant better exemplifies the changing face of the Taylor Street neighborhood than 3-month-old Urban Union. Taylor Street, the city's de facto Little Italy (no disrespect meant toward the Heart of Italy enclave at 24th and Oakley), has been a...
Tags: Italy, Restaurants, Tomatoes, Dining and Drinking, CLTV News
Here's something you may not know about Open Table, the predominant online restaurant reservations system: When you book a table through the Open Table website, the restaurant is charged $1 per seated guest — so if you show up as a foursome, that'...
Everyone knows Charlie Trotter as the chef of Charlie Trotter's. It's his name, his restaurant, and he's the boss. But that title “chef” has many meanings, and Trotter has embodied just about all of them during his 25 years at Charlie Trotter'...
Five years ago, I wrote that chef Stephanie Izard had "a fanaticism for balance that a Wallenda might envy." Two years ago, after Izard had emerged victorious in the fourth season of "Top Chef," I joked that she should get out of the restaurant business,...
Tags: Oysters, Restaurants, CLTV, Dining and Drinking, Meatballs
Eventually, the restaurant team of Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz will open a restaurant that fails to live up to expectations. Mostly because expectations for this everything-touched-turns-golden duo keep rising. How can they not? From Boka to Girl & the Goat...
I don't know if teachers still do this, but at the end of each school year, I was handed a summer reading list, a sheet of required and optional books that would prepare students for the coming school year. (I still owe a measure of revenge to the teacher...
Tags: Graham Elliot, Dale Levitski, Dining and Drinking, L2O, Gilt Bar
APRIL 29 UPDATE: Benjamin Schiller is leaving Boka Restaurant Group to become beverage director for The Fifty/50 Group, taking responsibility for the cocktail menus at seasonal rooftop venue Homestead (reopening in late May, pictured) and in-the-works...
There are so many opportunities here of rare, rich experiences which I need to thank Chef Trotter for. From the housewives, doctors, and others who come to work as guest chefs to famous chefs like Tetsuya, Toque and Alain Ducasse. I've always learned...
Graham Elliot was an aspiring young cook in the late '90s carrying steaks to a party of 20 in the Charlie Trotter's Studio Kitchen when the restaurant's brilliant, mercurial owner stopped him in the hallway and grabbed one of the pieces of meat. "He...
RedEyeGiuliana and Bill Rancic made a move into the Chicago dining scene last year by pairing up with the Melman siblings (Hub 51, Paris Club) and chef Doug Psaltis to open RPM Italian. This fall or winter, the team plans to open another restaurant, RPM Steak,...
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