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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...
Tribune reporterPaul 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...
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Special to Tribune NewspapersThe seventh annual Chefs & the City event attracted 400 guests to this food lover's heaven benefiting Vital Bridges. Held at the Ritz-Carlton, it also showcased a Mark Shale fashion show presented by new creative director Maria Pinto. Pinto said, "You'...
To corrupt an old saying, the good Lord never closes a condo without opening a bungalow. Berwyn is on the rise. The financial crisis has turned the near west suburb into a hot spot of affordable housing, and young couples and families are crowding in....
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...
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...
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...
Tribune criticThere'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...
Tribune reportersIn Chicago’s dining scene, there is Alinea, and there is everybody else. That’s the message being conveyed in the 2012 Michelin Guide Chicago, whose star ratings were announced Tuesday afternoon. Only Alinea, which also earned three stars...
Tags: Everest, Tru, Graham Elliot, Restaurants, Bonsoiree
Tony Mantuano is on a roll. A local politician who flies on Air Force One these days calls him "my favorite chef." He's in the running — again — for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef award. His executive chef at Spiaggia, Sarah...
Tags: Tony Mantuano, Pizzas, Restaurants, CLTV, Lifestyle and Leisure
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...
Tags: Phil Vettel, Takashi, Graham Elliot, Restaurants, L2O
Tribune criticZagat, publishers of the reader-review based Zagat Guides, has released its second-annual “30 Under 30” list of Chicagoans in the restaurant and hospitality business. The list, intended to recognize up-and-coming talents rather than...
Tags: Gilt Bar, The Bristol, Restaurants, L2O, Lifestyle and Leisure
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