Archive for March 2017

To Women in Hospitality, From Women in Hospitality

On Monday, the 27th of March, a panel of five women assembled in a room that was once reserved for men only. It was the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel’s old swimming pool, now an event space referred to as ‘The Tank’. The floor remains tiled as a pool but that’s not the only reminder of the... Read more »

A Night At Chicago's Culinary Fight Club

The first thing one sees when walking into the Culinary Fight Club event space, held this month at 1st Ward Events at Chop Shop, is the ‘pantry’. It’s hard to miss a five-foot long table set just in front of the stage groaning with foodstuffs. Every cut of pork imaginable, sacks of onions, bunches of greens, bottles... Read more »

The Lighthearted Side of Pastry with Chef Scott Green of Travelle

Scott threw himself on his bed in the tiny dorm room. It was late and his day at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago had been long. Reflexively, he grabbed the remote control and started flipping through channels, pushing away various thoughts of dissatisfaction. Through the blur of images and voices, a flash of a sculpture caught his eye.... Read more »

Culinary Fight Club Has Gone from Industry Secret to National Sensation

The first rule of Culinary Fight Club is: You talk about Culinary Fight Club The second rule of Culinary Fight Club is: You talk about Culinary Fight Club. Third rule: The fight is over when it’s over (race for the pantry: 45 seconds ; cook time: 60 minutes). Fourth rule: More than two guys to a fight.... Read more »

An Evening at Sala Privata, Spiaggia's New Private Dining Room

Tucked away on the second floor of 980 N. Michigan Avenue is a shining gem of Chicago’s restaurant scene–Spiaggia. Its reputation precedes itself around the world with its four-star reviews, ‘Outstanding Restaurant’ awards, Top Chef and Top Chef Masters inclusions and more. What’s most impressive about Spiaggia is that, in a world where restaurants often... Read more »

Honey Butter Fried Chicken Chef/Partner Duo Win Good Food Chef of the Year Award

The Good Food Chef of the Year award, which will be presented at this weekend’s Good Food Festival Chicago, goes to Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp of Chicago’s beloved Honey Butter Fried Chicken. “It’s an honor to be recognized by people for doing a good job at your job. But it’s really cool to be recognized for something besides... Read more »

Top Five Reasons To Attend Chicago's 13th Annual Good Food Festival

The 13th annual Good Food Festival and Conference will be taking place March 16 through March 18 in Chicago this year. Run by FamilyFarmed, the conference and festivals brings together over 5,000 people, including some of Chicago’s best chefs, to discuss local food and sustainability. I had the wonderful opportunity to interview representatives of the festival.... Read more »

Hospitality Reigns at Sable Kitchen & Bar with New Executive Chef Shane Graybeal

When Chef Shane joined Sable Kitchen & Bar late last year from Bin 36, he spent his first weeks in observation mode, sitting at the bar or walking the floor. “You can tell a lot,” he explained as he leaned back in one of the black leather lounge chairs towards the end of the bar.  He observed diners faces as... Read more »

Female Chefs in Chicago: We Need To Hear More Stories From Them

Chef Beverly Kim, co-chef and partner of Michelin-starred (and on my must-go-ASAP list) Parachute, represented female chefs in Chicago with  a story for Eater Chicago yesterday. It left me proud and hungry for more. In it, she discusses double standards that women face in the kitchen. With a few deftly written paragraphs, Chef Beverly recounts examples of sexist situations that... Read more »

Drinking In the Past and the Future at Forbidden Root Brewpub

In the early 1900s, it was The Hub–a beloved neighborhood movie theater that shuttered its doors in the 1990s. Aside from the outside structure, all that’s preserved from The Hub is its name spelled out in tile on the floor of the entryway which now belongs to the brewpub Forbidden Root. Walking in is an experience.... Read more »