February 6, 2012 |
Two local chefs this year have an alternative to the annual Chicago Restaurant Week . Phillip Foss and Shin Thompson are hosting a joint feast Feb. 21 and calling it the Anti-Restaurant Week Dinner, but they say they aren't necessarily against the annual 10-day event designed to entice new diners with discounted menus. “Restaurant Week was always a great means to build revenue during a generally slow time of the year,” said Foss, who serves elaborate multicourse meals at his restaurant El in Lawndale.
February 9, 2012 |
Good morning foodies! I'll be filling in as your TCT recapper today. Since I just figured out last week that my oven actually does turn on, I'm more than qualified to Wikipedia ingredients for you. Let's get cooking! We open with a shot of Ed trying to bet a pack of cigarettes on Bev. He's sure that she's won "Last Chance Kitchen," and I fear this bet may be the only thing Ed wins today. Sarah, channeling Heather and "Heathers," is convinced it's going to be Grayson and a banana.
May 9, 2012 |
New reality show "Around the World in 80 Plates" has some serious eye candy in the form of co-hosts Cat Cora and Curtis Stone, but that's not the only reason you should tune in. You witness the egos and cooking chops of"Top Chef," the strategy and alliances of "Survivor," and the international travel and adrenaline of"The Amazing Race. " The show debuts at 9 p.m. Wednesday on Bravo and features a cast of 12 chefs - three with Chicago ties - traveling to different foreign cities and taking over local restaurants in an attempt to recreate the native...
May 24, 2012 |
Many restaurants claim to be Farm-to-Table, but two Chicago chefs recently took this connection a step further, by bringing their farm to your table. Chef Didier Durand of Cyrano's Farm Kitchen has long been a supporter of local farming, filling the tables at his River North restaurant with ingredients bought at farmers markets in Michigan City, Ind. Because he dreamed of returning to his grandparent's farming roots and misses the “daily life of the farm,” he said, he purchased six acres of farmland in nearby Laporte, Ind. last year.
July 24, 2012 |
The masters are back! “Top Chef Masters” returns for a fourth season Wednesday, with 12 chefs competing for prize money to benefit the charity of their choice. Takashi Yagihashi and Art Smith are proudly representing Chicago restaurants, and it's a return of sorts for both. Yagihashi made a guest appearance on a Vancouver-set episode of “Top Chef: Texas” and also competed on an episode of “Iron Chef” that aired earlier this year. Smith, known for his legendary fried chicken and his gig as Oprah's chef, appeared on the first...
July 3, 2012 |
Fulton Market's Publican Quality Meats (825 W. Fulton Market, 312-445-8977) is introducing a Sunday grilling series this week offering new barbecue dishes off the grills of the butcher shop and market. This week, guest chef Johnny Anderes of Telegraph will be grilling with the PQM chefs from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, according to the restaurant's website. The menu for the afternoon will features two barbecue dishes, a "grill-friendly" dessert, as well as seafood and vegetarian options, each for less than $15, according to the restaurant.