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Rodrick Markus reached for the top shelf of a metal cabinet at the back of his office. "I know, I know, I know," he said to himself. His fingers worked across a row of jars and stopped at a tall glass cylinder. I had asked him about rare ingredients. Rare...
An entirely new kind of South Florida restaurant has opened its doors in Delray Beach. With just 18 seats inside and another eight on the patio, the Grove is the type of personal, chef-driven restaurant you'd expect to find on a trip to Napa Valley....
Tags: Ice Cream, Steaks, Restaurants, Tomatoes, Foods and Beverages
A roundup of restaurants reviewed in 2012 by critic Phil Vettel. Acadia ✭✭✭ 1639 S. Wabash Ave., 312-360-9500. Ryan McCaskey's gamble to place a luxury restaurant in the South Loop is, so far, paying off. People are crowding into...
Chef Andrew Brochu was hired at Graham Elliot restaurant last January with an explicit directive: Take the keys to the kitchen, and elevate the restaurant from one Michelin star to two. In November, when the Chicago Michelin Guide came out, Graham Elliot...
Tags: Graham Elliot, Ice Cream, Restaurants, L2O, Chicken Wings
If only it were so easy to pithily proclaim 2012 as the Year of the (fill-in-the-blank). But there's really no one thread that neatly ties together the Chicago restaurant scene these last 12 months. A restaurant that put Chicago on the culinary map 25...
So much ink has been spilled chronicling the life and career of Grant Achatz, the most-honored chef and best-known cancer survivor in Chicago, if not the country, one wonders if there are stories left to tell. Two things suggest that there are. One,...
Graham Elliot is hot. The much-decorated chef owns three Chicago restaurants and will be inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame in two weeks. He shares screen time with Joe Bastianich and Gordon Ramsay judging "MasterChef" (just renewed for a...
Tags: Graham Elliot, Restaurants, CLTV News, Blackbird, Tomatoes
Everyone knows Charlie Trotter as the chef of Charlie Trotter's. It's his name, his restaurant, and he's the boss. But that title “chef” has many meanings, and Trotter has embodied just about all of them during his 25 years at Charlie Trotter'...
Can a four-star meal begin with fried smelts and end with a Butterfinger bar? My last dinner at Sixteen says yes. These are uncertain times for four-star dining in Chicago. Since last September, four previous top-rated restaurants have closed up shop...
Graham Elliot was an aspiring young cook in the late '90s carrying steaks to a party of 20 in the Charlie Trotter's Studio Kitchen when the restaurant's brilliant, mercurial owner stopped him in the hallway and grabbed one of the pieces of meat. "He...
For its latest menu, Next restaurant invested in a special piece of cooking equipment. A Weber kettle grill. Standing alongside the recirculating thermal circulators, Anti-Griddles, Sonicpreps and other high-tech gizmos that populate Next's high-tech...
Time once again for my annual exercise in humiliation, as I try to predict the star recipients in the 2013 Michelin Chicago Guide, which hits bookstores Wednesday. This is the third year that Michelin has published a Chicago guide, and if there's one...
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