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May 18, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, For RedEye
Review: Argent 660 N. State St. 312-202-6050 Rating:  !! (out of four) Give it some time Is it just me, or have Chicago chefs caught the nostalgia bug lately? Grant Achatz took us back to Paris in 1906 when he opened Next last spring. Then, Au Cheval modernized the classic American diner for the new millennium, and Big Jones revamped its menu to focus on Southern dishes from specific eras. This summer, River North's Argent doles out your next culinary history lesson with a menu inspired by Chicago in the late 1800s, when the city rose from the ashes of the Great Fire to host the World's Fair.
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NEWS
February 6, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
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 when you really wanted a new toothbrush at the dentist.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
In past seasons of “Top Chef,” we've had one, two or sometimes zero Chicagoans to root for. On the upcoming ninth season filmed in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, we have a whopping half dozen -- but there's no telling how long they'll stick around.   Because everything's bigger in Texas, the producers decided to start the show with 29 hopefuls who have to cook their way into 16 cheftestant spots. In other words, mass elimination on the first episode, airing 9 p.m. CST Nov. 2. Though the bigger group was intimidating, Chicago's hopefuls were ready to bring it.  “I feel … grateful that I'm part of a season that's different than the rest.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
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.
NEWS
February 29, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
Episodes 1 and 2: All hail Chicago! Because everything's bigger in Texas, the season kicks off with 29 hopefuls vying for 16 spots in the cast. It's impressive that there are more hopefuls from Chicago than any other city, and even more impressive when all six of them make it onto the show. Episode 4: Richie's ouster Tasked with the late-night challenge creating a new dish out of his team's failed chili, Richie Farina from West Loop restaurant Moto is sent packing, spurring the season's most emotional goodbye between him and colleague Chris Jones.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2012 | By Erin Gibbons
When two-time James Beard semi-finalist Kendal Duque joined Mainstay Hospitality in 2010 to reinvigorate the restaurant group's South Loop spot Chicago Firehouse, there was talk the former Sepia chef would eventually open his own concept with Mainstay. A year and a half later, Duque is doing just that, working with proprietor Matthew O'Malley to launch City Tavern later this month just down the street at 1416 S. Michigan Ave. in the space that used to house Grace O'Malley's. “We just feel that now is the right time, being that the Firehouse is successful and strong,” he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink
"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 venues for casting calls, including an Austin call on Feb. 11 at Uchiko (where "Top Chef: Texas" winner Paul Qui worked)
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