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WASHINGTON -- When authorities got wind of a demonstration planned for Monday outside the Food and Drug Administration's offices in College Park, Md., they fortified their defenses. A motorcycle and nine police vans, ominously marked "Homeland Security,...
Matthias Merges worked at Charlie Trotter's for 14-odd years, and he was the man for most of them, serving as chef de cuisine, corporate chef and finally director of operations. "He was the glue to that place," one restaurateur says, admiringly. That...
Chicagoans have been enjoying a mini-boom of Spanish flavors of late. First there was Vera, which opened late last year in the Market District, and now Tavernita, which has been packing them in since its January opening in River North. And what a...
Dale Levitski's career arc is like that of most top chefs. In reverse. After running a couple of modest Chicago restaurants, Levitski found himself thrust into the spotlight as the surprise pick to succeed Grant Achatz at four-star Trio, and, just as...
Tribune criticVisiting Osteria Ottimo, a joint venture between Patrick Concannon (of Don Juan's restaurant in Chicago's Edison Park neighborhood) and Scott Harris (of the 20-locations-and-counting Mia Francesca empire), is not unlike attending the out-of-town debut...
Foraging, I said to the couple across from me. It's kind of the thing here. Blank stares. Foraging, it's kind of the thing that the chef, Iliana Regan, that young soft-spoken woman in kitchen whites with her arms covered in tattoos who just served...
At one point of a dinner at Elizabeth restaurant, I was served a dark and rich maitake-mushroom tea (really a clarified broth) while a pure-white device on the table played Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit." Which made me think that chef/owner Iliana...
Tags: Bacon, Restaurants, Game, Phil Vettel, Biscuits
I'm old enough to remember the day the Chicago Bulls drafted Michael Jordan, and to remember that it was not a universally praised draft choice. The belief among some was that the Bulls already had guards; why did they need another? In the same way,...
Tribune criticDespite a demographic that would make most restaurateurs salivate, Hinsdale has not always been kind to its dining options. Since finally permitting liquor licenses in 2001 (Hinsdale was DuPage County's last bastion of temperance), the town has bid...
Tribune criticThis is less of a review than it is an intervention: Dudley Nieto, step away from the foam machine. Chef Nieto, your name is virtually synonymous with Mexican food; I've lost count of how many Chicago kitchens you've overseen in your career, though...
Tags: Tapas, Spain, Macaroons, Potatoes, Bars and Clubs
You may not recognize the name, but you probably have seen Doug Rhodehamel's paper-bag mushrooms installed on lawns all over Orlando. But his art is much more than mushrooms. The 44-year-old Orlando resident, who works mostly in recycled/found...
With the onset of spring comes fresh, new ingredients as the ground awakens from winter and gets ready for the summer harvest. By incorporating skim milk, chicken base (found in 1 pound tub of concentrated chicken in powder or solid form) and...
Tags: Recipes, Milk, Cheese Corn, Lifestyle and Leisure, Shallots
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