March 28, 2013 |
Oh, you thought Lollapalooza was a strange festival name? Prepare for Great GoogaMooga. The hybrid food and music festival, which debuted last year in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, is in talks with the City of Chicago to bring a version of its weekend-long festival to Montrose Beach. While Superfly, the entertainment company that produces Brooklyn's GoogaMooga, "cannot confirm" a Chicago offshoot, the Park District said it is in talks with organizers. Chicago Park District permit records show that Jam Entertainment, the company that orchestrates Beer Hoptacular, has applied...
February 28, 2013 |
Review: Siena Tavern 51 W. Kinzie St. 312-595-1322 Rating: 3 (out of four) Off to a good start Fabio Viviani was a fan favorite on the fifth season of "Top Chef," but since then, I've seen his charming grin and Italian accent all over the place. There he was on a commercial for Domino's, touting a line of artisan pizzas. Or promoting oatmeal as a healthy breakfast (in red satin pajamas, of course) in an online video for Quaker Oats. And in between, he's teaching his fans Italian one word at a time on Twitter.
February 18, 2013 |
UPDATE: Baconfest tickets sold out within an hour of release on Feb. 20. Love bacon and have $100 to burn? Then you've probably already marked your calendar for Wednesday, when general admission tickets for Baconfest 2013 on April 20 go on sale. Tickets will be available for purchase online starting at 12 noon on Wednesday on ticketing site Eventbrite.com. In past years, they've sold out within a matter of hours. The $100 (plus fees) general admission ticket buys you access to the fest during either the lunch session...
February 6, 2013 |
Ever wondered what celebrity chef in Chicago has the best smile? No? Well, someone did, because the Chicago Dental Society was surveyed about just such a question in "preparation" for its 148th Midwinter Meeting, and more than 200 dentists weighed in on who has the best set of pearly whites. The winner, garnering 60 percent of the vote, was Stephanie Izard, the Girl and the Goat chef and former "Top Chef" winner. Grant Achatz and Rick Bayless took second and third, respectively, but they were distant runners-up, kind of like only getting floss...
February 6, 2013 |
"Top Chef" Season 4 winner Stephanie Izard has been pretty busy lately, what with the opening of Little Goat and an appearance on the show's latest season based in Seattle -- not to mention sporting the best smile among Chicago's celeb chefs ( more on that here ). When the Bravo crew comes to Chicago on Feb. 24 to host a casting call for the show's 11th season, it will be held at Izard's West Loop restaurant, Girl & the Goat . Other restaurants affiliated with past cheftestants are also serving as host...
January 25, 2013 |
Review: Sumi Robata Bar 702 N. Wells St. 312-988-7864 Rating: 3 (out of 4) Off to a good start Ten years ago, all eyes were on chef Gene Kato when he and his business partners opened a massive, opulent riverfront restaurant on the edge of River North. You might have heard of it: It's called Japonais. Kato remembers serving 700 to 900 people on weekend nights. “To do that kind of volume is unreal,” he said. While the restaurant became known for celeb-spotting, Kato was praised for his prowess preparing both impeccable sushi and contemporary cooked...