Tag: Chicago Food

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 »

Chicago's Top Ten Most Exceptional Food and Drink of 2017

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from working with Chicago’s best chefs over the last year, it’s that the perfect plate of food consists of three elements: Good ingredients Good technique Good vibes (temperament makes all the difference when cooking) As I ate my way around this great restaurant city of ours this year, it was clear... Read more »

Good Fortune: Pop-Up Restaurant or Creative Incubator?

Good Fortune: Pop-Up Restaurant or Creative Incubator?
Good Fortune, the much-discussed pop-up by Andrew Miller and Chef Charles Welch, is more than just a pop-up. It’s the start-up before the start-up; the pre-incubator, if you will. With menus that change on an almost daily basis, Welch and Miller are conducting a break-even market research operation that will support the foundation of their... Read more »

In Conversation with Alpana Singh: The Highs and Lows of Restaurateurship

Almost two months ago, I made the decision to quit my 9-to-5 job in favor of setting out on the entrepreneurial path. With a $60 Ikea desk and an old bamboo plant I had bought long ago in the desperate attempt to bring positive vibes to a negative office experience, I converted my closet into... Read more »

Chicago folks, if you haven’t hit up this BYOB Italian spot yet, you’re dining wrong

Chicagoans will attest that there is no shortage of delicious Italian food in the Windy City. On every corner and from every price point, there’s always an option for handmade pastas (shoutout to the “pasta queen of Chicago” for winning the James Beard Award for Best Chef) or grandma’s bolognaise recipe. And yet, if you... Read more »

Chef Charles Welch on His Road to Honey’s Chicago

“I’m just a sous chef from Chicago…but now I feel like I’m getting there.” Executive Chef and Partner of Honey’s Chicago, Charles Welch, deserves to feel an element of accomplishment as he looks back on his still-young career. His name rose to the top quickly enough. Chef Welch attended culinary school on a whim after... Read more »

I Bet You Didn't Know This About Chef Lee Wolen of Boka...

Rare is the story of a successful reinvention of an established restaurant. And yet, that is exactly the tale that is told about Boka, the first of the Boka Restaurant Group, thanks to Chef Lee Wolen. When Chef Wolen became Chef/Partner at Boka, the restaurant was already 10 years old. In a city like Chicago,... Read more »

Behind Chicago Food: The Writer's Policy Page

Hello and welcome! Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm in Behind Chicago Food. I’m a firm believer of building trust and authenticity as a food writer, which is why I am sharing my post policy. I am a writer, not a reviewer While I am a glutton, forever lusting for sensory pleasures of food and drink, my writing takes... Read more »

In Conversation with Katie O'Reilly, Culinary Artist and TV Show Host

One of my most unique conversations to date has been with culinary artist, Katie O. And it all starts with a poem…  Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth, Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs, Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has... Read more »

Chef Nicole Bayani, Presidio, On Women Working In Chicago Restaurants

Nicole Bayani, Executive Chef of Presidio, grew up in what she describes as “the most suburby-suburb you could live in” in San Diego. Her maternal grandfather, who passed away before she was born, was a professional chef and left her family with a very well-equipped kitchen and an extensive collection of cookbooks. Nicole’s mother had... Read more »