Posts tagged "grant achatz"

Spinning Plates Delivers

Spinning Plates Delivers
The new movie ‘Spinning Plates’ at first glance profiles three very different restaurants. Many in Chicago are familiar with Alinea and it’s standing at the top of the restaurant world. The other two restaurants profiled are very different. One a family run place Breitbacht’s Country Dining is located in Balltown, Iowa and serves hearty comfort... Read more »

Next: Part Deux

Next: Part Deux
I was lucky, very lucky to get a second kitchen table for the Thai menu. Much has been written already about the Thai menu and I’ve wanted to let it sink in before going off and writing about my experience. First, the view and the “show” are still awesome and I think it always will... Read more »

The King is Dead – Long Live the King!

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I think the world of food is wondering who that new king may be. Is he in Chicago? Copenhagen? I think the verdict will be out for a bit but one thing we can all agree on is that the closing of El Bulli while sad marks the end of an era of influence. Ferran... Read more »
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Next Restaurant: Duck Press

The very first time I had something served to me table side was in France. The “show” was amazing. A poussin was baked in a pot with bread used to seal the dish so no steam or juices escaped. I didn’t know what century it was but I knew it was pretty cool. In today’s... Read more »

Next - Paris 1906: Kitchen Table

Next - Paris 1906: Kitchen Table
The attention to the Next restaurant opening has been written about in volumes! Chef Achatz has been heaped upon with praise from all comers. There have been some naysayers and all I can say is life isn’t fair. This isn’t modern day little league where everyone gets a trophy. Next can’t possibly give everyone on... Read more »

2011 Chicago Food Scene Predictions

2011 Chicago Food Scene Predictions
I feel like this prediction thing is futile, no not because it’s TOTALLY overdone. I believe in the Mayan God Chacmool and he’s TOLD me 2012 is my YEAR! Anyway, just in case the great Mayans were incorrect and they factored in Leap Year wrong I’ll give it a go, again just in case we... Read more »
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A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember
Life is defined by moments. Perhaps an event anticipated for months or small unexpected experiences that may seem trivial at the moment. I can recall degustation menus from Pierre Garnier or the first time I walked in to the kitchen at Charlie Trotters from long ago. I’ll never forget the perfect tenor of Luciano Pavarotti. But what... Read more »

Happy Friday

Happy Friday
This week I took off on vacation so this weekend’s update will be short. I’m back in another week but I hope you enjoy the posts I hooked up before I left. Everyone will be food focused on Lollapalooza and the food orgy going on in Millenium Park! Looking forward to hearing about it when... Read more »

A Day in the Life!

A Day in the Life!
For all you foodies and “rock star” gourmands, here’s what a day in the best restaurant in North America looks like. In 3 minutes, a day in the life at Alinea. The video was posted this past Sunday. Alinea’s been open for 5 years now and the pace of work and commitment makes you think they opened... Read more »
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This just in...

Food News Day! New York Times To read the full section go to www.nytimes.com/pages/dining/index.html. Here are some highlights: -          Chicago’s Grant Achatz – Next: Restaurant. Reservations like the theatre and paying for everything before you even arrive. Eating out gets the Broadway treatment! www.nextrestaurant.com -          Scroll down a little and see a review of delivered... Read more »