September 26, 2013 |
The press releases came within 11 minutes of one another: First, Four Seasons' announcement that Allium chef Kevin Hickey will resign; then, a release that Hickey is partnering with Rockit Ranch Productions to open a new restaurant and bar concept in River North. Having spent nearly two decades working at Four Seasons locations in the U.S. and abroad, Hickey scored a Michelin star for his cooking at Allium, which opened early 2012. Rockit Ranch Productions operates Rockit Bar & Grill, Sunda and Ay Chiwowa in River North and...
September 4, 2013 |
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)
August 20, 2013 |
On July 8, chef Gilbert Langlois closed the doors of his North Center restaurant, Chalkboard, after six and a half years. “I didn't know if I wanted to do it anymore,” Langlois said. When his seven-year-old son grew bored of sitting in the kitchen with him, he decided that his habit of working 16-hour days was going to need to come to an end. “I wanted a change of lifestyle and to make life a little easier for us,” Langlois said. And so, Langlois has reopened the restaurant as Homegrown Cafe (4343 N....
July 29, 2013 |
Paul Kahan, the chef behind well-known restaurants Avec, Big Star, Blackbird, The Publican and Publican Quality Meats, will be inducted into the Chefs Hall of Fame as the 2013 Chef of the Year. Other inductees include Rich Melman, founder and chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, for Industry Leader of the Year, and Alain Roby, pastry chef and owner of All Chocolate Kitchen in west suburban Geneva, Ill., for Pastry Chef of the Year. The induction event, hosted by the Chicago Culinary Museum and...
July 22, 2013 |
Attention all chefs and restaurateurs planning to open a new restaurant later this year or starting major renovations on an existing one: Electus Casting wants you. The casting company known for scoping out the talent of reality TV shows including “MasterChef” and “Mob Wives” is looking for chefs/owners/ restaurateurs for a new docu-series detailing the journey to opening a restaurant. The official title and network of the show has not been released. Electus representatives said they are interested in a variety of up-and-coming...
May 24, 2013 |
Enoch Simpson may have created a monster. Since the days when his homemade doughnuts became a surprise brunch sensation at Nightwood, gourmet twists on the classic breakfast pastry have swept the city, threatening to make the trend go stale. With the upcoming debut of his first bakery and restaurant, Endgrain in Roscoe Village, Chicago's original mad scientist of high-blood-sugar breakfasts is finally ready to rejoin the game he's been at since the beginning. At Endgrain, Simpson will unveil his latest creations alongside the originals that spawned...