Buzz List for April 1, 2019

Buzz List for April 1, 2019

1. FULL BEARDS Chicago did decently, not outstandingly, in the James Beard Foundation Awards nominations this week. Most notably, we not only swept the Best Chef Great Lakes category, we got six nominations instead of five (because of a tie): Diana Davila (Mi Tocaya), Jason Hammel (Lula/Marisol, who just won Chef of the Year at

No April Foolin' about the Beards, the NewCity Food and Drink 50, Bar Sotano flies but Queenie's crashes, and Fooditor gets a non-Bearded nomination

- April 1, 2019 - 7:56 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for March 25, 2019

Buzz List for March 25, 2019

1. KOREABURB John Kessler, in That Piece in Chicago Magazine, wrote that “Good restaurants in the suburbs, or even those in urban neighborhoods outside the well-known ethnic corridors, don’t attract enough city dwellers to sway the conversation.” We need local food media to devote serious effort to looking at areas beyond the city where there

Koreatown is out of town, a poem to Detroit coney dogs in Chicago, a Turkish food consulate, and see the trailer for a short film about Charlie Trotter

- March 25, 2019 - 8:27 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for March 18, 2019

Buzz List for March 18, 2019

1. SOUP & RAD Want to go to something cool on Monday night? Won Kim is in charge of a soup-and-DJ-event called Community Soup 2 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan, starting at 6 pm. $15 at the door gets you a chance to taste soups from more than 30 people, ranging from actual

Discover the hidden wonders of suburbia, deli is delicious, Young American contains multitudes, and New York reviews Au Cheval (hint: Chicagoans like meat)

- March 18, 2019 - 8:21 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for March 11, 2019

Buzz List for March 11, 2019

1. VIPS, THEN AND NOW We’ve all heard about the Cat Cora Vs. Nick Kokonas business. You want a recap? Go here. But in the meantime, far less noticed, Kokonas took to social media… and shared some drawings made by a customer of his father’s long ago West Loop diner, James Lunch. The guy, known

Yugen gets good press, an alternative to the Cat fight, Italian Village justifies its existence, and Bar Kumiko is a critic's church

- March 11, 2019 - 10:22 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for March 4, 2019

Buzz List for March 4, 2019

1. GOOD CAUSE DEPARTMENT Before you read anything else, I want to tell you about a fundraiser. The lovely Ina Pinkney, Jewish grandma to the entire Chicago culinary scene and heroic survivor of polio as a child, is recuperating in her apartment after a fall and surgeries in December. For now she’s in a wheelchair

Beard semifinalists are out, Michael's new concepts are revealed, what's with that celeb chef vs. Alinea?, and help everybody's friend Ina

- March 4, 2019 - 8:11 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For February 25, 2019

Buzz List For February 25, 2019

1. CELLARY One of the things I think about, especially while putting The Fooditor 99 together, is—what’s the fantastic restaurant that we Chicagoans just can’t see? It’s one of those things that happens, locals take something for granted and then someone from outside says, um, actually this place is perfect, don’t you see that? And

A critic's gem taken for granted, Sótano's mixed food and drink messages, Funkenvegetables, and how reviewing needs to change (and how it really will)

- February 25, 2019 - 8:41 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for February 18, 2019

Buzz List for February 18, 2019

1. MOB SCENE It is hard not to think that the defining characteristic of our time will be the social media mob that is sure it knows something bad, demands that someone be driven from public life and private employment, and then… what? Like the dog that catches the car, the mob doesn’t really know

Social media turns up the heat on chefs, a Venezuelan hangout in exile, Althea glows with vegan health, and Next Silk and Spice wanders

- February 18, 2019 - 9:03 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For February 11, 2019

Buzz List For February 11, 2019

1. A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU Reviewing is mostly utilitarian—should I spend my money here or not?—and that’s fine so far as it goes; eating is mostly utilitarian, too. But sometimes cooking makes a bid for artistic greatness, for being the best humans can achieve in its field, and it deserves writing of equal

Shooting for stars doesn't guarantee you three, which omakase is OMG-zy, two new south side BBQs, and whatever happened to chili parlors?

- February 11, 2019 - 8:05 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For February 4, 2019

Buzz List For February 4, 2019

1. MICHAEL TO CLOSE, VIVE LE GEORGE TROIS You can’t say awards don’t have influence! Michael Lachowicz is the chef-owner of Restaurant Michael, Winnetka’s generally well-liked French restaurant. Having been there a couple of times, I’d call it a very good suburban restaurant, which is to say that it has a calm, classy feel for

The power of awards at George Trois and Temporis, a Harold's list rival, Finom-enal, and a deep Filipino food dive

- February 4, 2019 - 9:04 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For January 28, 2019

Buzz List For January 28, 2019

1. RESTAURANT WEEDOUT Restaurant Week—which never just lasts a week— started on Friday night and will run until the 7th. Unfortunately the best part of Restaurant Week is absent this year: Anthony Todd’s painstaking analysis of which deals are actually worth the money (now $24 for lunch, and $36 or $48 for dinner). It’s unclear

Special chicken edition, plus Restaurant Week side by sides, a hot reservation in Ravenswood, and covering Chicago from the wrong time zone

- January 28, 2019 - 8:52 am - Michael Gebert