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The Ordinary Man's Restaurant Review Series: Hunan London

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 02.23.2015 | Taste
Tarun Sakhrani

The only regret with this was that the pieces were too small and there was no second offering of the pancake.

Women in Business Q&A: Janine Booth, Chef, Root & Bone

Laura Dunn | Posted 02.18.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Chef Janine Booth was born and raised on the beautiful, big island continent of Australia. Her culinary journey began at a very young age where the Au...

An Interview With Seth Berkowitz | How the Founder of Insomnia has Revolutionized The College Experience Armed Only With Cookies

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 02.17.2015 | Small Business
Rajat Bhageria

In his book Zero To One, Peter Thiel says that you should never open a restaurant since you'll just be one fish in a large pond. And that makes sense. You're probably not going to really "change the world" with a restaurant.

What Makes an Institution? Restauranteurs Keene and Megan Addington Discuss Some of Chicago's Greatest

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.30.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Elaine's in New York. La Coupole in Paris. The Pump Room in Chicago. What does it take to be an institution? In business school, I was taught that you never move forward with the business that you want. You move forward with the business for which there is demand.

6 Tactics Food Websites Use to Increase Their Online Sales

Gabriel Shaoolian | Posted 03.12.2015 | Small Business
Gabriel Shaoolian

To create a successful online presence, you need to ensure that you're optimizing your website for specific users in your market. Every vertical should have key messaging points as well as unique elements that differentiate them from websites in different industries.

William H. Macy Talks About the New Season of 'Shameless'

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.14.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It was great to have Macy back in Chicago because, despite his illustrious career that has taken him to New York, Los Angeles and beyond, I think of Chicago as the city that launched him.

Astoria Characters: The Biz Brothers

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.01.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

As soon as Dan and Shaun Dougherty sit down, they start reminiscing. It's still a rarity to see the two together even though they are business partners. Their farm-to-table New American Cuisine restaurant, Crescent Grill, has been open for a year and a half, and it keeps them too busy to socialize.

Eat REAL for the Holidays: 12 Health Tips for the 12+ Days of Holidays!

Lawrence Williams | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Williams

The 12 days of Christmas are realistically more like 60+ days of diet sabotage. Sure, the traditional holiday season starts at Thanksgiving and culminates at New Years; however, unhealthy holiday foods are really introduced as early as mid October with fall festivals and Halloween candy.

New Food Trends 2015

Rozanne Gold | Posted 02.15.2015 | Taste
Rozanne Gold

At the end of every year, platoons of food professionals -- consultants, chefs, writers and research firms -- race to predict the trends that will influence foodies all over America and ergo the world.

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.

Women in Business: Chef Leah Cohen, Pig and Khao

Laura Dunn | Posted 01.17.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY, Leah's first position in a New York City kitchen was working for celebrated chef David Burke at Park Avenue Café.

Astoria Characters: The Two Cooks in the Kitchen

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.28.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Elbow to elbow. When Mariantonia and Guillermo Hung are working in the kitchen, that's how it is. Their husband-and-wife fast-food restaurant, Pao & Cha-Cha, is the size of a one-man food cart.

Chicago Chefs Inducted Into The Chefs Hall Of Fame

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.24.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

On October 16, chefs Stephanie Izard of Girl and the Goat and Little Goat (Chef of the Year), Gale Gand of Spritz Burger (Pastry Chef of the Year), Mi...

Michelin Star Chef Paul Virant: A Preserves Pro!

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.21.2014 | Taste
Elysabeth Alfano

Virant made me a believer in his philosophy, "Eat what you can, can what you can't."

Which Is Better: Organic or Local?

Ali Rosen | Posted 12.21.2014 | Taste
Ali Rosen

When given a choice in a restaurant, should the owners focus more on organic or local?

3 Things All Restaurants Should Stop Doing Now

RB Bronson | Posted 12.11.2014 | Fifty
RB Bronson

In case you didn't come to this conclusion on your own, I'm the sort of guy who's always looking for signs that the world is coming to an end. Or at least civilization as we know it. I'm sorry, but I need to pass on this latest nugget, suggesting that maybe the end has already arrived.

A Death Row-Themed Restaurant Is About To Happen, People Aren't Stoked

Foodbeast | Posted 11.24.2014 | Taste
Foodbeast

Apparently some folks think the entire restaurant concept is in bad taste.

Chef Bruce Sherman of North Pond Restaurant: The Real Deal

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.16.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Long before food was a fad and long before farm-to-table was something one said to impress one's date, North Pond Restaurant was creating dishes that aimed less to impress and more to satisfy by focusing on the natural goodness of local produce.

Where Does Your Food Preference Originate?

Margaret Marshall | Posted 11.09.2014 | Taste
Margaret Marshall

You may normally think you eat food because it's food, and don't eat other things, because they're not. But a look at other cultures will show you tha...

From The Ivory Tower Kitchen: Teaching In The Kitchen -- 6 Lessons 6 Years Later

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Taste
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

We have to be the best we can be in the moment and that standard can vary as much as our ingredients, guests' preferences, and menus.

Giuliana and Bill Rancic and Chef Psaltis Discuss Their Newest Venture, RPM Steak

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.19.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Something we often discuss on The Dinner Party is what makes a successful restaurant. Owning a restaurant is tricky business, with restaurants opening and closing like automated doors

21 Things You Only Know If You've Worked in Restaurants

Dan Miles | Posted 10.17.2014 | Comedy
Dan Miles

A chef is someone who shouts at people. An executive chef is someone who shouts at other chefs. A TV chef is someone who never has to work in a restaurant again if they just keep smiling.

Belly Up to Trenchermen Bar With Famed Actor George Wendt

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.05.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Fame is a very funny thing. Some people become completely inaccessible and others remain totally unchanged. This was the feeling I had when famed actor George Wendt.

Are You Going to Eat That?

Rich Siegel | Posted 10.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Rich Siegel

Have you seen Jon Favreau in Chef? It's a good movie. Not a great movie. But it is thankfully devoid of gunfights, aliens and zombies. In other wo...

True Story: I Fell in Love With a Felon

Ravishly | Posted 09.09.2014 | Women
Ravishly

Zangeif got in a work-release program. This meant that he was allowed to work while in jail. At every shift, I drove to his restaurant and had sneaky makeout sessions with him. I'd be lying if I said that his sentence provided no additional thrill -- defiance is hot.