BOKA CHICAGO. Best Meal of 2013.

I know it’s premature to say that this is the Best Meal of 2013… but I am completely enamored with Boka Chicago. It all started when I met Chef Giuseppe Tentori at the James Beard Foundation next to the Lavazza coffee machine. He asked me how to make an espresso and I smirked and said, “Aren’t […]

JBF Jared Van Camp

NELLCÔTE DINNER. Jared Van Camp. Chicago.

One of my first kitchen experiences at the James Beard Foundation was with Chef Jared Van Camp. Jared is the owner of Nellcôte, a beautiful farm to table/european influenced/Chicago restaurant. Jared and his team executed a Bohemian European dinner at the JBF house last October, and I remember asking Jared three things while mincing parsley: why do […]

Big Star Tacos

CHICAGO, IL :: MEXICAN JUMPING BEAN // frontera grill, rick bayless, big star, tacos, salsas, martinis, guacamole, the bean

Sorry friends, ever since I’ve returned from Chicago I’ve been hooked on a TV program called Game of Thrones (you may have heard about it). So I’m back in writing gear and want to begin with the Mexican food scene and The Bean (Chicago’s Bean sculpture in Millennium Park). Out of all of the cities […]