Archive for 2013

Hitting the Restaurant Cycle!

Hitting the Restaurant Cycle!
When I left corporate America in 2000 to be a cook, many friends and family thought I was insane. I knew if I went to culinary school the goal was to be a chef, to open a restaurant and to eventually own a restaurant. I’ve never been good at not having goals and officially I’ve... Read more »

Food Fun Friday - Holidays!

Food Fun Friday - Holidays!
    The Candy has been given and now it’s time for the Holiday roundups to being. Lots of fun events coming up and best to make those reservations early even if Thanksgiving is as late as it possibly could be!   On Tuesday, November 5, Roka Akor Chicago invites guests to taste and discover... Read more »

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 »
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An Uncle's Advice To His Nephew

An Uncle's Advice To His Nephew
              Dear Jack, You’re only 22 months old and on the cusp of the terrible two’s! As your 40 yr. old uncle, I wanted to impart some advice and wisdom. I don’t know if you’ll ever read this and if the world changes as much as it has in... Read more »

Where I’ve been eating lately…

Where I’ve been eating lately…
I may not have been writing much lately but I have been eating. I’ve traveled a bit this summer and it makes me happy to know we have such great food here. I know but sometimes I forget because I’m spoiled. Speaking of outside my door, I can’t wait for Dawson to open because it... Read more »

Why Every Chef Matters!

Why Every Chef Matters!
Earlier today, Mike Gebert asked – How much do celebrity chefs really matter to their restaurants? His example was Fabio Viviani who gained fame in multiple appearances on ‘Top Chef” but never won the big prize. You can see Fabio on the ‘Chew’ these days or dine on his food at Siena Tavern in River... Read more »
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Rules are Rules!

Rules are Rules!
This week seems to be all about RULES! Is the rule fair, right or did the person allegedly breaking the rule even break it? Johnny Manziel signed some memorabilia and allegedly was paid $7,500 for his autograph so he could get new rims, according to ESPN. NCAA rules are VERY clear you cannot profit from... Read more »

Feeding the Stanley Cup

Ribeye with Housemade Levy Sauce and Wedges
With a furious finish last night in the final 90 seconds of the game, the Blackhawks finished a historic run to win a second Stanley Cup in four years. But, if the unthinkable had happened and there would be a defining Game 7 tomorrow night, a Levy Restaurants army would have been poised and waiting... Read more »

Turning Around the Taste of Chicago

Turning Around the Taste of Chicago
Dare I say it! “The Taste of Chicago looks compelling!” No, I’m not pregame drinking already for the hawks game, soon, very soon. Last year, we learned the city lost $1.3 million in hosting the Taste. While that isn’t chump change, our city needs events like the Taste for civic pride or at least a... Read more »
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Why I Love Hockey

Why I Love Hockey
If you follow my twitter feed these past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed an uptick in tweets regarding the Stanley Cup playoffs. I’m a passionate hockey fan. A good friend once joked, “You’re the only person who gets excited for hockey highlights in November.” That is a very true observation. I owe all of that... Read more »