One Off Hospitality's New Pastry Chef is Slaying the Dessert Game

It hasn’t even been two years since Erika Chan first came to work at Paul Kahan’s renowned The Publican under the tutelage of James Beard award-winning pastry chef Dana Cree. Now, Chan is running the entire pastry program for all of One Off Hospitality Group’s Publican restaurants (The Publican, Publican Quality Meats, Publican Tavern, Publican... Read more »

James Beard Awards 2018: Practice What You Preach

Last week, Chicagoans across town felt the flurry of activity as the country’s most elite chefs descended upon our city. They may have spied Food Network’s Ted Allen and Amanda Freitag taking a stroll along the Chicago river. Or possibly run into Christina Tosi or Carla Hall entering the hallowed gates of Alinea. Most likely,... Read more »

Top Chef Alum Fabio Viviani Reveals His Daily Routine, Diet, and Tips for Mother's Day

“Hello…This is Fabio…Yes, we’re in Chicago today but we gotta go to New York to film this show and then I gotta come back because if I’m not back for Mother’s Day, my wife’s a-gonna kill me.” In the very first breath of our phone call, Chef Fabio Viviani’s energetic personality comes bubbling through. Talk... Read more »
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Hang with the Legends of BBQ this Summer

Fire up the pits and gather all your friends; it’s that time of year again. Windy City Smokeout is coming back to Chicago for its 6th year, this time with a once-in-a-lifetime twist… The Legends of BBQ—Myron Mixon, Mike Mills, and Wayne Mueller representing the South, Midwest, and Texas respectively—will be leading the charge of... Read more »

The Best Steakhouse in Chicago is Not What You Think

Steakhouses in Chicago are a dime a dozen. More so, it’s always the same experience—pricey, chain-esque, and usually guaranteed to provide a decent filling meal. Enter Benny’s Chop House… “We’re the only Benny’s in the country,” states Mitchell Schmieding, Director of Operations. Mitchell’s resume reads like a who’s who of the culinary world, including Eleven... Read more »

The Kung Fu Competition That’s Revolutionizing the Kitchen at Blackbird

Every cook in the kitchen at Blackbird is in the fiercest competition of their lives—against themselves. “The cooks that come in here are very hungry,” executive chef Ryan Pfeiffer comments. “There is a large format of fundamental knowledge with an opportunity to put food on the menu at this restaurant. These competitions give us a... Read more »
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Eat Dessert. Run Marathons.

That’s what Sarah Mispagel, rising star pastry chef of famed Proxi and Sepia restaurants, does. Known for her fantastic desserts, Sarah embraces her sweet tooth and still manages to live a healthy lifestyle. A runner in last year’s Chicago marathon, Sarah has already signed up for the 2018 race and still eats the way she... Read more »

“You Shouldn’t Get a F*cking Medal for Not Being a Terrible Person” and Other Teachings from Giant’s Award-Winning Chef

Jason Vincent—executive chef and partner of Giant—has had accolades rain down upon him by some of the most notable publications in the business. And yet, in an interview with Thrillist in 2016, he refers to himself by saying, “No one cares what a washed-up chef in a tiny neighborhood joint is doing.” Thrillist agreed to... Read more »

How to Make Bacon Taste Even More Perfect

Turn it into candy. Which is exactly what Jeff Mauro and Kevin Corsello did three years ago when they first opened Chicago’s beloved BBQ shop, Pork & Mindy’s. “It was the most finely tuned piece of bacon that I’ve ever encountered,” Emmy award-winning chef and Chicagoan, Jeff Mauro says almost wistfully as he recounts when... Read more »
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Chicago's Restaurant Industry in Hot Mess

You know how sometimes you take reading material to the gym in the hopes that it will make the time fly by as you slog your way through your cardio workout? That was me roughly two weeks ago. I was about 40% done with an advanced reading copy of the book Hot Mess and figured... Read more »