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Close watchers of Chicago's food scene may have been surprised to learn that Alinea — one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the city and the world — failed its routine health inspection a month ago. But what may seem like a big...
Tags: Twitter, Inc., Grant Achatz, River North, Government, Naha
Tribune reporterAlpana Singh, the bottomless source of effervescence on "Check, Please," left her day job as wine director at Lettuce Entertain You several weeks ago, and for the first time in her adult life found herself with time to burn. So customers of Pastoral...
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Tribune reporterDo you buy into the idea of karma? I don’t. I’ll tell you what I do believe: Television works best when packages come delivered tied up with perfect bows. Because on Wednesday's "Top Chef" installment, as soon as Beverly Kim (Aria) said,...
Tags: Beef Stroganoff, Twitter, Inc., Padma Lakshmi, Television, Music
Tribune reporterIn January 2010, chef Curtis Duffy took a one-month sabbatical from Avenues to creatively recharge. He set a goal for himself: conceptualize one dish for every day that month (one he came up with was called “The Life Cycle of Fennel”). He...
Tribune reporterI'm usually a blur when watching Top Chef. My fingers clack away at the laptop, my eyes dart back and forth between TV and computer screen, as I mentally organize plot summaries, attempt to compose some pithy Tweet while simultaneously taking bites of...
"Just so everyone knows," Tom Martin announced to all in the diner, "it's this gentleman's fault that I'll be singing a song." On the word "this," Martin gestured to me. Sitting at the counter alone, like a duck in the cross hairs, I suffered the judging...
Tags: Pancakes, Music, Cancer, Restaurants, Entertainment
Tribune NewspapersWhen talking about food, as soon as you say “the best,” as in the best 10 barbecue spots or the best coffee in the land, prepare for a fight. Which is what will surely happen withFood Network magazine’s list of the 50 best pizzas in the...
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The Dish - Orlando SentinelHedy Goldsmith of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami has been nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef in the prestigious 2012 James Beard Foundation awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition program honoring professionals in the...
New Year's Eve is a time for drama, but chef Charlie Trotter outdid himself Sunday. Shortly after midnight, in front of some 100 guests in his eponymous restaurant, Trotter dropped a bomb: At the end of August, after the acclaimed restaurant celebrates...
Tribune reporterSeveral months ago, Nick Kokonas hinted of a forthcoming digital cookbook from Next’s Paris 1906 menu, with a pay-what-you-want model. Now the finished product is a month from publication, and we know a few more details. Next is partnering...
Tribune reporterChef Mark Mendez, who left Carnivale last September, has revealed his next move: opening a Spanish small bites/wine bar with his wife Liz in the West Loop. They’re calling it Uva, Spanish for grape, and it’ll be located at Lake and...
Tribune reporterIf there are any lingering doubts Chicago is a hot dog town, the Internet has put the debate to rest. The good folks at Google sent along some interesting data about search patterns for the term “hot dogs.” Their findings: 1) The term “...
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