August 10, 2012 |
With the passage of a new ordinance last month, Chicago has caught up with other major U.S. cities like Austin, Seattle and L.A. by allowing food trucks to cook and prepare food aboard their vehicles. The City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection reported Friday that 34 trucks have started the application process for a mobile food vehicle license. Twenty-seven of those are seeking a mobile food preparer license, which permits on-board cooking. The remaining seven seek mobile food dispenser licenses to sell pre-packaged, pre-cooked foods.
July 19, 2012 |
Mini-review: City Tavern 1416 S. Michigan Ave. 312-663-1278 Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start The backstory: When chef Kendal Duque cooked up the opening menu at Sepia in the West Loop, I wasn't the only one who was impressed. Diners around the city raved, and he earned a James Beard Foundation Awards semifinalist nomination in the Best Chef: Great Lakes category. But since he left the restaurant in 2009, it sure seemed like Duque hasn't had the change to live up to the tasty precedent he set there.
July 13, 2012 |
Review: Trenchermen 2039 W. North Ave. 773-661-1540 Rating: !!!! (out of 4) Already hot ------- What's in a name? trench•er•man (noun) A person who enjoys food. "It refers to a hearty eater; that's the actual definition, and we want people to eat and drink a lot," Mike Sheerin said. "It also translates to the fact that the space used to be an old bath house where politicians and gangsters used to meet.
July 13, 2012 |
John Vermiglio, the last Chicago man standing on "Around the World in 80 Plates," was voted off the show by his fellow chefs on Wednesday's episode. "I was super-pleased to outlast everyone else from Chicago," said Vermigio from New York, where he was in town for a cast finale party. "That was a definite goal of mine once I got there and met everyone, so yeah, I was able to do so and hopefully I've done the city proudly, but I'm not coming home with $150,000.”" We talked to Vermiglio on Friday morning about watching his elimination live, his favorite city to...
May 30, 2012 |
Mini-review: The Peasantry 2723 N. Clark St. 773-868-4888 Rating: !!! (out of four) Off to a good start The gist: A brick-and-mortar restaurant dedicated to "elevated street food" isn't a new idea (see Xoco and Belly Shack), but it sure is a tasty one. That's why my taste buds perked up when Alexander Brunacci (of Lincoln Park's successful sausage shop Franks 'n' Dawgs) opened this second spot dedicated to putting his own spin on street food favorites. His signature creativity - and love of meat - is all over the menu.
May 17, 2012 |
I have a theory about why I haven't gone utterly broke over the past couple years. It's not my judicious use of credit cards. It's not a budget spreadsheet, or even really a budget. I don't do math. I don't live in a hovel. What I do is cook. Not that I'm actually good at it, mind you. I and my loved ones shall not soon forget the pumpkin bread fiasco of fall '11, or that one time I put eggplant in everything because I contracted temporary amnesia and forgot that it is disgusting.