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The first thing that catches your eye when entering The Boarding House is the chandelier. Except it's not really a chandelier, but an art installation consisting of 9,000-plus (official count: 9,063) suspended wine glasses. "One glass for every wine I'...
Tags: Phil Vettel, Everest, Restaurants, Onions, Foods and Beverages
Taste, as a jazz musician once noted, is manifested in the notes one declines to play. In that regard, Danny Grant is a taste master. The original chef de cuisine and now executive chef at Ria, the magnificent dining room within the Elysian hotel and...
Tags: Restaurants, WGN, Caviar, Mindy Segal, Charlie Trotter's
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: Topolobampo, Dale Levitski, Sprout, Takashi, L2O
Dining out on Christmas Day is never easy, but it's not impossible. Most people know that Chinatown is always a good dining-out bet, and nearly every hotel restaurant has to provide some sort of food service, even on Christmas Day (can't let your guests...
You can't count on snow for Christmas. You can't count on a 7-3 Bears team making the playoffs. But you can count on my annual save-the-tables list, which provides dozens of last-minute, primo New Year's Eve reservations for procrastinating readers....
As the second Michelin Guide for Chicago prepares to hit bookstores next week, one thing is for sure: There will be change. There has to be. Among the 23 restaurants that received one or more stars, Sixteen (one star) saw chef Frank Brunacci depart,...
Tags: International Travel, Topolobampo, Sprout, Takashi, L2O
After 25 Preaknesses, Annette Thomas has her routine, and recipes, down pat. Thirty pounds of ribs, both pork and beef, marinated overnight in vinegar and soy sauce, then grilled in front of her house on Saturday. Fifty pounds of red-skin potatoes ...
Tribune newspapersTwo Chicago hotels and three restaurants have been awarded the top five-star designation in the annual Forbes Travel Guide ratings. The honored hotels were the Four Seasons and The Peninsula, and the restaurants were Alinea, Charlie Trotter's and L2O....
Tribune staff reporterOn a warm September day in Chicago, Rishad Tobaccowala counseled a roomful of Leo Burnett executives on how to sell high-tech gadgets -- told in terms of hot dogs. Tobaccowala, who has spent 30 years at Leo Burnett and affiliated agencies,...
Chef moves where? Readers will sometimes write in about a restaurant that’s been gone for 10 or more years, wondering what happened. Maybe they don’t get out much, but even frequent restaurant-goers can get so distracted with all the new...
If only it were so easy to pithily proclaim 2012 as the Year of the (fill-in-the-blank). But there's really no one thread that neatly ties together the Chicago restaurant scene these last 12 months. A restaurant that put Chicago on the culinary map 25...
Los Angeles Times Restaurant CriticI'm always receiving emails or texts from friends needing to know (right away!) where to go for breakfast in this or that neighborhood. The first meal of the day is ideal for catching up with friends or meeting up with a colleague or out-of-town visitor....
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