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October 31, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Lakeview's Real Kitchen created a culinary nightmare to-go for Halloween. In a tongue-in-cheek riff on the meticulously crafted menu at Grant Achatz's Alinea, Real Kitchen claims in a video posted Thursday to have its own enormously elaborate multiple course menu. "In the Chicago tradition this Halloween, we at Real Kitchen are dressing up as Alinea," the parody video's narration says. "We'll make sure your dinner will be like no other, with a weekly change up of 45-course meal packages.
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January 14, 2014 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink and For RedEye
There was plenty to rave and rant about on Twitter last weekend, from the Seahawks beating the Saints to the travesty that was Zoe Saldana's Golden Globes dress. (It had to be a sick joke played on her by designer Prabal Gurung, right?) But what really consumed Chicago was a tweet that Alinea chef Grant Achatz sent Saturday night about a couple bringing a baby to dinner. "Tbl brings 8mo.Old. It cries. Diners mad. Tell ppl no kids? Subject diners 2crying? Ppl take infants 2 plays?
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January 14, 2014 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink and For RedEye
There was plenty to rave and rant about on Twitter last weekend, from the Seahawks beating the Saints to the travesty that was Zoe Saldana's Golden Globes dress. (It had to be a sick joke played on her by designer Prabal Gurung, right?) But what really consumed Chicago was a tweet that Alinea chef Grant Achatz sent Saturday night about a couple bringing a baby to dinner. "Tbl brings 8mo.Old. It cries. Diners mad. Tell ppl no kids? Subject diners 2crying? Ppl take infants 2 plays?
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November 18, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink
Next has announced its three new menus for 2014 . In addition to a menu inspired by classic Chicago steakhouses, which chef/owner Grant Achatz hinted at on Twitter and was later announced by Food & Wine magazine , other themed menus will be "Chinese: Modern" and "Trio, January 20, 2014. " The announcement included some preliminary details about each. "Next: Chicago Steak will marry the simple and delicious with wonderfully sourced ingredients, modern techniques, and an old-world vibe.
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November 15, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
The Michelin Guide's second annual Chicago edition was released today, and chefs around town are seeing stars - but fewer than last year, it turns out. The famous French guide is notoriously tightfisted when it comes to awarding its star designations (three means exceptional, two is excellent and one is very good). In this year's guide, 21 Chicago-area restaurants received stars, down from 23 last year. Of the two restaurants - Alinea and L20 - that received three-star ratings in Michelin's first Chicago guide last year, only one, Grant Achatz's renowned Alinea in Lincoln Park,...
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May 10, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
The Ravenswood 'hood, already home to a craft beer bar, Fountainhead , and a brewery, Begyle , could see the arrival of even more beer courtesy of a brewpub called Band of Bohemia. Led by a team that includes an Alinea sommelier, Craig Sindelar, and a Half Acre brewer, Michael Carroll, the proposed brewpub currently is in its early planning stages. Construction of the new bar and restaurant would require a zoning change in the area, from M-1 (Limited Industrial District)
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November 18, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink
Next has announced its three new menus for 2014 . In addition to a menu inspired by classic Chicago steakhouses, which chef/owner Grant Achatz hinted at on Twitter and was later announced by Food & Wine magazine , other themed menus will be "Chinese: Modern" and "Trio, January 20, 2014. " The announcement included some preliminary details about each. "Next: Chicago Steak will marry the simple and delicious with wonderfully sourced ingredients, modern techniques, and an old-world vibe.
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October 24, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Zero stars (out of four) The associations that director Joseph Levy makes in the outrageously insulting documentary “Spinning Plates” can't be deliberate. No filmmaker would correlate a family restaurant burning down to a world-renowned chef battling cancer and chalk it all up to adversity. No decent person would salute the University of Chicago hospital in saving Alinea wunderkind Grant Achatz's life and then parallel the chefs at struggling Tucson restaurant La Cocina de Gabby as they decide to make breakfast tacos to entice...
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November 5, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
I was 6 years old when Charlie Trotter opened his restaurant. While I was chomping on PBJ school lunches in 1987, he was creating elaborate multi-course meals that would earn countless awards and put Chicago on the map as a fine-dining destination. The first time I remember seeing Trotter's name was on the wall of a friend's aunt and uncle's home, where they had framed the menu from a special anniversary dinner they ate at his famous restaurant in Lincoln Park. From the autograph on the menu and the reverent way they spoke...
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May 4, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
The Aviary 955 W. Fulton Market 312-226-0868 Hours: 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. - Wednesday through Sunday Rating: 4 out of 4, Already hot You probably can't afford The Aviary. At least, you probably don't think you can. I know I didn't. With the team from Alinea at the helm and Grant Achatz's much-hyped Next basically sharing the space, my 24-year-old starting salary didn't stand a chance against this futuristic cocktail kitchen, right? Well, kind of. While it may not seem right to slap the term “accessible” on a cocktail lounge with a...
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November 14, 2013 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Update: Chef Rene De Leon recently left The Dawson. The restaurant released the following a statement on Nov. 19:  “The Dawson announces the departure of chef Rene De Leon and the promotion of current sous chef Patrick Russ (most recently at Next prior to opening The Dawson) to head chef.  The culinary staff that has worked closely with both chefs will remain in place and Jordan Parker, currently sous chef at The Gage, will round out the team as chef de cuisine.” Review: The Dawson 730 W. Grand Ave. 312-243-8995 Rating: 2 1/2 (out of 4)
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November 5, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
I was 6 years old when Charlie Trotter opened his restaurant. While I was chomping on PBJ school lunches in 1987, he was creating elaborate multi-course meals that would earn countless awards and put Chicago on the map as a fine-dining destination. The first time I remember seeing Trotter's name was on the wall of a friend's aunt and uncle's home, where they had framed the menu from a special anniversary dinner they ate at his famous restaurant in Lincoln Park. From the autograph on the menu and the reverent way...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Lakeview's Real Kitchen created a culinary nightmare to-go for Halloween. In a tongue-in-cheek riff on the meticulously crafted menu at Grant Achatz's Alinea, Real Kitchen claims in a video posted Thursday to have its own enormously elaborate multiple course menu. "In the Chicago tradition this Halloween, we at Real Kitchen are dressing up as Alinea," the parody video's narration says. "We'll make sure your dinner will be like no other, with a weekly change up of 45-course meal packages.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Zero stars (out of four) The associations that director Joseph Levy makes in the outrageously insulting documentary “Spinning Plates” can't be deliberate. No filmmaker would correlate a family restaurant burning down to a world-renowned chef battling cancer and chalk it all up to adversity. No decent person would salute the University of Chicago hospital in saving Alinea wunderkind Grant Achatz's life and then parallel the chefs at struggling Tucson restaurant La Cocina de Gabby as they decide to make breakfast tacos to entice...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
The Ravenswood 'hood, already home to a craft beer bar, Fountainhead , and a brewery, Begyle , could see the arrival of even more beer courtesy of a brewpub called Band of Bohemia. Led by a team that includes an Alinea sommelier, Craig Sindelar, and a Half Acre brewer, Michael Carroll, the proposed brewpub currently is in its early planning stages. Construction of the new bar and restaurant would require a zoning change in the area, from M-1 (Limited Industrial District)
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July 26, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett
Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas' awared-winning restaurant Alinea has officially switched from traditional reservations to the online ticketing system used by its sibling restaurant Next. Achatz and Kokonas announced a release of August tickets via Facebook and Twitter on Thursday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. A small number of tickets still appeared to be available at 5:30 p.m., according to alinearestaurant.com, the site where tickets are sold. Ticket releases for September through November will be announced via the same social media outlets,...
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September 4, 2013 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Mini-review: Tanta 118 W. Grand Ave. 312-222-9700 Rating: 3.5 (out of 4) Heating up You might not have heard of Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio, but he has 33 restaurants around the world, including Astrid y Gaston in Lima, which ranked one spot higher (#14) on The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013 list than Chicago's celebrated Alinea. Tanta, his newest spot in River North, is only his third restaurant in the United States. While Tanta, billed as a casual cebicheria (heavy on citrus-cured seafood)
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November 15, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
The Michelin Guide's second annual Chicago edition was released today, and chefs around town are seeing stars - but fewer than last year, it turns out. The famous French guide is notoriously tightfisted when it comes to awarding its star designations (three means exceptional, two is excellent and one is very good). In this year's guide, 21 Chicago-area restaurants received stars, down from 23 last year. Of the two restaurants - Alinea and L20 - that received three-star ratings in Michelin's first Chicago guide last year, only one, Grant Achatz's renowned Alinea in Lincoln Park,...
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