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Chicago's State of Culinary Affairs

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.15.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

You may pick up a few tips for scoring your favorite food from your favorite chef and how being extra nice to a restaurant's executive chef and staff might be the brownie points you've been hoping for.

Party Like a Rock Star? No, Party Like a Chef! The James Beard Awards in Chicago

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.11.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The waiting seemed to go on forever, but it finally happened. The James Beard Awards, celebrating its 25th year, came to Chicago on May 4, granting the Chicago culinary community the national recognition it has long deserved.

Some of Chicago's Top Chefs Share Their Favorite Gifts to Give

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.21.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

"This year I am giving the gift of travel. I am taking my family to Thailand with a quick trip tagged on to Hong Kong. Travel is how I learn and I am able to come back to the restaurant feeling inspired.

Highlights From the Dinner Party With Peter Sagal

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.18.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

As I plan for the January 28th Dinner Party, I am still getting comments on the last Dinner Party with guests Peter Sagal of Wait, Wait...Don't Tell M...

The Season Finale of the Dinner Party

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.19.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano


In Defense of Chefs: A Love Letter

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 08.27.2012 | Home
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Sure, chefs have become celebrities, featured in shows like Top Chef, giving us an unprecedented peek into their world. While these are certainly fascinating parts of their lives, chefs do so much more for their communities than feed those lucky enough to eat in their restaurants.