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Move over, all you Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger wanna-bes. Here come Chicago’s Rick Bayless, Tony Mantuano and Art Smith, along with 87 other renowned chefs, willing to perform a little kitchen diplomacy on behalf of the U.S. Department of...
What do Chicago restaurants Spiaggia, Table Fifty-Two, Girl and the Goat and Topolobampo have in common? They all feature former “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters” contestants in their kitchens. And, not coincidentally, they’...
Special to Tribune NewspapersThe seventh annual Chefs & the City event attracted 400 guests to this food lover's heaven benefiting Vital Bridges. Held at the Ritz-Carlton, it also showcased a Mark Shale fashion show presented by new creative director Maria Pinto. Pinto said, "You'...
To corrupt an old saying, the good Lord never closes a condo without opening a bungalow. Berwyn is on the rise. The financial crisis has turned the near west suburb into a hot spot of affordable housing, and young couples and families are crowding in....
Restaurant Week got off to a flying start with busy dining rooms (reservations for lunch and dinner were extremely limited), tantalizing menus and superb food. During Chicago's Restaurant Week, which actually lasts 10 days through Feb. 26, participating...
Tribune criticThere's nothing like sitting down to a three-course meal prepared by a top-name chef. But at Taste of Chicago? If the City Council gives the OK, that could be an option in July. An ordinance going before the City Council Wednesday would allow the...
Tags: Mexique, Stephanie Izard, Tony Mantuano, Graham Elliot, Hermosa
Tribune reportersIn Chicago’s dining scene, there is Alinea, and there is everybody else. That’s the message being conveyed in the 2012 Michelin Guide Chicago, whose star ratings were announced Tuesday afternoon. Only Alinea, which also earned three stars...
Tags: Chicago Restaurants, Kevin Pang, Graham Elliot, Sprout, Schwa
Tony Mantuano is on a roll. A local politician who flies on Air Force One these days calls him "my favorite chef." He's in the running — again — for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef award. His executive chef at Spiaggia, Sarah...
Tags: James Beard, Sarah Grueneberg, Pizzas, Wines, CLTV
Tribune reporterPaul Kahan is the opposite of an enigma. He is easily explained. He is pleased by simple pleasures. He defines his life by four pillars: chef, record-store geek, husband, law-abiding citizen. Everything else is noise. In judgment, he renders halfway...
Defying the notion that ice cream is a treat best left to the long, hot days of summer, chefs are creating frozen desserts in flavors that are synonymous with the short, dark days of winter. Here is a sampling of such desserts to be enjoyed now —...
Tags: Water Tower, Breads, Arts and Culture, Apple Cider, Apple Crisp
Who eats: A mixture of businesspeople, museum visitors and diners taking it easy with a glass of wine. Why eat: It's a chance to sample Spiaggia chef Tony Mantuano's cuisine while enjoying Michigan Avenue views from atop the Modern Wing of the Art...
RedEyeThe first time I had steak tartare was at Maude's Liquor Bar. Hardly a late bloomer when it comes to the wonder of raw beef and runny egg -- I was only 24. But if it hadn't been for the drinks, the crushing crowd at the bar, the desperate rush for late...
Tags: Chicago Restaurants, Phil Vettel, Graham Elliot, Alinea, Tru
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