Kate Stahl | November 3, 2011 8:00 amIf you're anything like me, the minute temps drop below 60, you start craving comforting, warming drinks. A cup of tea gets me through the morning, but when I need a sugar jolt in the afternoon, it's hot chocolate I crave. Swiss Miss works when I'm in a fix, but when I have the time, I'm heading to one of these five spots for a grown-up take on my childhood favorite.Read More
Kate Stahl | October 6, 2011 11:45 amStephanie Izard celebrated the release of her cookbook, Girl in the Kitchen, at the super-cool space Salvage One last night, and it might have been the best party I've ever attended. Why? Well, for one, the food was outstanding.Read More
Kate Stahl | October 6, 2011 8:30 amLast night I got to see firsthand the sweet culinary stylings of Chicago's sweetheart chef, Stephanie Izard. I'll get up pics of her big cookbook release party ASAP, but to whet your appetite, here are some tidbits the former Top Chef revealed about her cookbook, her next restaurant project (opening this Spring!), and why she's not leaving Chicago any time soon. If you weren't lucky enough to attend to launch party last night, you can catch Stephanie tonight on the Lillie's Q Meat Mobile, where she'll be serving up soup paired with fresh bread baked by her restaurant's artisan bread-maker.Read More
Kate Stahl | September 22, 2011 9:30 amWith the rise of Top Chef, No Reservations, and the Food Network, a chef's life might seem more glamorous than ever, but one look at Val Benner's normal day, and you'll realize that the average chef is too busy working to indulge in the perks. Benner, the sous chef at Lockwood at the Palmer House Hilton (17 E. Monroe St., 312-917-3404), has also put in time at the American Club in Kohler, WI, and the Pump Room, but since joining the staff at Lockwood, her food has really begun to shine by turning seasonal farm ingredients into contemporary dishes.Read More
Kate Stahl | January 10, 2011 8:01 amOut with the old, in with the new seems to be the motto for two of Chicago's top chefs — Moto's Homaro Cantu and Martial Noguier, formerly of Cafe des Architectes — both of whom are opening buzzy new spots in two recently closed restaurants.
In February, Noguier will open Bistronomic in the former Eve space at 840 N. Wabash Ave.Read More