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In the Kitchen with Chef John Manion of El Che Bar

The flavors of South America arrive in Chicagoland

John Manion’s star is rising in Chicago. Despite the fact that he’s been a Chicago-area chef for nearly two decades, the last few years have put him on the culinary map. When Manion was just eight years old, his family was transplanted to sprawling São Paulo, Brazil, introducing him to a whole new world of food at a young age, ... Read More »

Keeping Pace

Words from women in the restaurant industry

A career in the restaurant industry isn’t for everyone. Endless hours, tough physical demands, and cutthroat competition make this business difficult no matter who you are. It’s a field for the passionate and tenacious, the talented and the tireless. But are the opportunities equal for both men and women? It’s an argument that has persisted through the ages in societies ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Kingsbury Street Cafe

Led by a family of strong female culinarians, this cafe is not-to-miss

From food TV show hosts and judges to executive chefs, to owners and operators of restaurants, women are a culinary force to be reckoned with. Monique Duong Mark, General Manager of Kingsbury Street Cafe {1523 North Kingsbury Street, Chicago; 312.280.1718}, is one such force. Partnered with her mother, Hoa Dong, the two opened the family restaurant in September of 2011 with the goal of presenting ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Chef Chris Pandel at Bristol

Last year's Jean Banchet winner talks about the Chicago food and philanthropy community

A good chef does much more than cook food. They create an experience for their diners and represent their culinary city and influences, both past and present. They also can make a great difference in their hometown. This Friday, February 3 is the annual Grand Chefs Gala hosted by the Chicago Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. More than fifty chefs, mixologists, ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Chef Charles Welch from Honey’s

The new Chicago hot spot is winning awards, supporting local charities, and serving up delicious food

Nothing tastes sweeter than honey, except maybe dinner at West Loop’s recent addition, Honey’s {1111 West Lake Street, Chicago; 312.877.5929}. Led by Executive Chef Charles Welch, along with partners Justin Furman and Tyrone Redic, the intimate but creative spot serves up American dishes with a Mediterranean influence. And though it only opened last summer, diners and critics alike are starting to ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Lobster by Fabio

Chef Fabio Viviani is expanding his culinary reach with fresh lobsters shipped to your home

A lobster dinner means a celebration. It means treating yourself. Most of the time, it also means going to a fancy restaurant and a higher price tag. Now, all that is changing, thanks to Lobster by Fabio, the latest business venture from Chef Fabio Viviani. After serving the delicious fish at restaurants like Siena Tavern, one of Chicago’s favorite Italian ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Gino Bartucci

From BarTucci to the dana hotel and spa, Gino Bartucci is a man with a rich culinary history

What is your average day like in the life of Gino Bartucci? “Imagine having a big game every day that you win, lose, and tie at the same time. It’s kind of like that.” With an answer like that, you can imagine each day is an adventure for Bartucci, who comes from a culinary family and is now the owner of ... Read More »

DineAmic Group takes us “Coast-to-Coast” with Yelp

Director of Operations for the Chicago restaurant group represented the Midwest in national conference

Chicago is known for being one of the best food cities in the country, so it only makes sense that Yelp would want a representative from our Windy City for their “Coast-to-Coast” business conference. 2016 was the first year that a Chicagoan snagged one of the only 100 North American invitations to the community-powered progress conference. Ken McGarrie, Director of Operations ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Chef Ryan Sand

The man behind the menu of Bernie's Lunch & Supper shares his culinary secrets

We love when a local boy comes back home, especially when it means he gets to cook for us! Chef Ryan Sand, Executive Chef at Bernie’s Lunch & Supper in River North {660 North Orleans Street, Chicago; 312.624.9892} is an Illinois native. He attended the Culinary Institute of America, before beginning his professional culinary career in New York. Sand came back to the Windy City, ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Chef Russell Kook of Hugo’s Frog Bar

Iron Chef and Hell's Kitchen alum gives us the dish on Hugo's, the chef community, and ... sea urchin butter?

Those who say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks clearly hasn’t been to Hugo’s Frog Bar {1024 North Rush Street, Chicago; 312.640.0999} anytime soon. After nearly 20 years as Chicago’s premier seafood destination, Hugo’s is shaking things up with a brand new Executive Chef, Russell Kook. He arrives at Hugo’s after serving as the Executive Chef at Chicago Cut Steakhouse and appearing on Iron ... Read More »