Contemporary American

Girl & The Goat

4 August 2011 · 0 comments

I love trying new restaurants, but I’m not one to wait three hours for a table. So I often let a few months pass before trying the latest hot place. This was my strategy over Memorial Day weekend for dining at Stephanie Izard’s Girl & The Goat, which had opened last summer and a visit […]



27 February 2011 · 0 comments

With so many restaurants in Chicago there’s little reason to leave the city to dine elsewhere. One exception, however, is Vie, chef Paul Virant’s sleek standout in Western Springs that has become a destination for exceptional dining and whose cuisine was awarded a prestigious Michelin star last November. More than six years after its opening, […]


I have a long-running list of food shops and restaurants that I want to try, and one restaurant on that list is Prairie Fire, with co-chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, who focus on quality and local ingredients in more casual preparations than in their Ritz-Carlton of Chicago days. So when Slow Food Chicago put […]


Plum Kuchen

3 September 2010 · 6 comments

The arrival of late summer finds me biking to Café Selmarie for plum kuchen. One bite reminds me of why it’s worth making the seasonal trek: the simple sweet dense cake cradles sliced, juicy Italian plums curled and tinged from just the right amount of time in the oven. It’s the perfect way to bring […]