November 15, 2011 |
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,...
May 10, 2013 |
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)
November 18, 2013 |
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.
October 24, 2013 |
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...
November 5, 2013 |
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...
May 4, 2011 |
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...