Category: Food moments and events

The New Normal

Six weeks ago, “Zoom” was what I used to adjust the size of the font on my laptop. Now a Zoom of another sort is what I use to attend classes, visit with family, and conduct interviews. For restaurants, wineries and an endless number of small businesses, the new technology offers an opportunity to connect... Read more »

Tres Bon

Le Sud With neighborhood French restaurants increasingly scarce, restaurateur Sandy Chen decided to go against the flow. The result is Le Sud, a charming spot that celebrates the food, wine and decor of southern France. “I’d  been doing Chinese restaurants for more than twenty years, and I was ready to do something else,” she says.... Read more »

Graze, The French Market, North Pond and Bits

Graze Until I tasted the oat milk cappuccino with vanilla at Graze (1632 W Division), I’d summarily dismissed all of the alternative milks, juices and waters. But as I reminded myself, there’s a growing market out there that embraces these same options, and if I’m going to write about the current food scene, I have... Read more »

From Suckling Pig to Fried Chicken Sandwiches and Steak/Frites

Mon Ami Gabi Nothing says bistro like steak/frites, and no one does steak/frites better than Mon Ami Gabi, a Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise restaurant that’s celebrating its 22nd birthday this year.    “It’s our best selling dish,” executive chef Susan Weaver says. “We offer the steak finished with four sauces other than the Classique, but... Read more »

Sports, Games and a Utopian Tailgate

Parlay at Joy District  Joy District is one part event space and one part sports bar. Parlay, the sports bar on the street level, has nineteen  100-inch LED TVs and a 200-inch projection screen. Given the number of screens, no seat is a “bad” seat. If the Bears, Bulls or Blackhawks are playing, virtually every TV... Read more »

Beef: The Comeback Kid

It wasn’t that people stopped eating beef. All you had to do was look at the line-up for burgers and the growing number of steakhouses to know that wasn’t the case. It was just that health conscious diners began to think twice about the amount of beef they ate. After all, the health diet gurus were... Read more »

Wine Speak for Everyone

En route to a tasting of Trentodoc wines at Spiaggia Restaurant on Michigan Avenue, I gave myself a pep talk. To be honest, even after decades of writing about food and wine, I still get nervous when I’m hanging out with the pros. Wine is complex, and the terminology can be intimidating. But-and it’s an... Read more »


Brunch at Barton G The Barton G in Los Angeles doesn’t do brunch. Neither does the Barton G in Miami. But this is Chicago, and on Sundays from 10 to 3, Chicagoans eat brunch. So on the first Sunday in May, Barton G Chicago served its very first brunch. Dinner at Barton G* is a... Read more »

A First: Restaurant Week in West Lakeview

With “local” and “independent” fast becoming endangered species, the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the neighborhood’s first-ever Restaurant Week, an event designed to counter the trend. From March 22 to March 28, sixteen local restaurants will be offering special prix-fixe menus priced from $10 to $40. It’s both a good deal for diners and... Read more »

My favorite Chicago foodie moments of 2018

Yugen. A host of exciting new restaurants, including Yugen, opened in 2018 showcasing beautiful and innovation cuisine.
2018 was a very good year for Chicago foodies Home to world -class chefs, a host of Michelin starred restaurants, and international cuisine inspired by our many diverse neighborhoods, Chicago has it all. 2018 was no exception. From food festivals like Bon Appetit’s Chicago Gourmet to the Taste of Chicago and the James Beard awards,... Read more »