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.
June 12, 2012 |
Lolla ticket holders, are you hungry to hear what restaurants will be selling snacks at this summer's fest? Local chef Graham Elliot is in his fourth year as “culinary ambassador” to Lollapalooza, recruiting local chefs to set up booths at the fest's food court, called Chow Town, and the vendor lineup was released June 12. New Chicago restaurants joining this year's food court include Lakeview Japanese eatery Chizakaya, West Loop coffee roastery...
June 18, 2012 |
EAT Order up Pecking Order, 4416 N. Clark St. 773-907-9900 The new Filipino-style "chicken every which way" restaurant by local chef Kristine Subido and her mom, Melinda, features hormone- and antibiotic-free grilled, fried or roasted birds pre-marinated in cane sugar, tamari, garlic and vinegar ($10.95 half; $17.95 whole). They are served with one or two sides, respectively, including grilled sweet corn with lime mayo and fresh cheese or green beans with tomato-ginger sofrito.
October 7, 2013 |
Not everyone can carve a pumpkin like master carver Robert Childers, but his tips can help anyone transform a regular gourd into a ghoul, or whatever you prefer. The local chef instructor made his national debut on Food Network's "Halloween Wars," and he's sharing his tips with RedEye to carve the perfect pumpkin. In the video above he carves a rose into a pumpkin and makes it look easy enough we all just might be able to do it. Tip 1: Choose the right pumpkin. Shape, size and weight are all important when it comes to choosing...
July 17, 2012 |
All around Chicago, restaurants and bars are in a constant cycle of opening and closing. As the lights go out at a kitchen in Andersonville, a new tavern is putting up signs in the South Loop, and it's all just part of the circle of nightlife. But if you look closely, you'll see a handful of in-the-works hangouts making a few already hot downtown blocks even hotter. Read on for four good guesses as to where the city's foodies and scenesters will be flocking in upcoming months. CLARK BETWEEN ILLINOIS & HUBBARD This block of River North...
October 11, 2013 |
There are things, for all time, which are decidedly the essence of Chicago: the Belushis, Michael Jordan, The Second City, thick-fingered Old-Style-drinking dudes who pronounce the word sausage as "saah-sidge," the Sears - err, Willis - Tower, hot dogs dragged through the garden, and deep-dish pizza. The most underrated of these, or maybe the least known outside the shores of Lake Michigan, is the Italian beef sandwich. When I arrived here in 2001, my realtor Joe Quartana, a second-generation Irving Park resident and a serious food lover who always "had a guy" whenever I needed...