LONDON – For the second year in a row, the top three restaurants in the world have pretty much stayed the same. At a gala reception last night here at The Guildhall in Central London, Copenhagen’s Noma returned to the top spot, knocking El Cellar De Can Roca from Girona, Spain down to #2. Modena, Italy’s Osteria Francescana again remained at #3. As for North America, New York City’s 11 Madison Park moved up one spot to #4, while Chicago’s Alinea jumped six spots to #9, a surprise even to chef/co-owner Grant Achatz. “To be perfectly honest, I did not think we were going to be going up at all, let alone that many spots” Achatz confessed after the awards ceremony. “I didn’t think we’d crack the top ten.” Read More
Next Thursday night, Rick Bayless and yours truly, along with our Editor, Matt Cunningham, will be speaking at the Apple Store on North Michigan Avenue, talking about our new podcast, “The Feed.” We’ll be there from 7 – 8 p.m., talking about how the podcast is produced, what type of equipment we use (you’ll never believe it) and how the shows and individual segments are stitched together each week. We’ll also reveal some of our editing techniques via GarageBand, so if you have any interest in podcasting, producing or writing about food and drink with sound, this would be the event to attend. Please say hello!
LONDON – I love that no matter where you go in the world, if there were Jews there at one point, there’s likely to be cured meat and smoked fish (and occasionally bagels). As I learned last weekend – sandwiched between three consecutive Indian dinners – there is, of course, a long tradition of salt beef, or what we Yanks called corned beef. Read More
For those who couldn’t get enough of the tour back in October, there’s good news. The Brooklyn Brewery Mash tour will be hitting Chicago again April 26th to May 3rd for its second annual celebration of food, beer and the arts. The traveling festival, which is scheduled to visit a handful of U.S. cities as well as London and Stockholm, is partnering with Slow Food USA and various Chicago and Brooklyn chefs, craft brewers and performers for the weeklong series. Read More
For those who want to do something sweet for charity, look no further. That’s because this Friday, April 25th, Grandbaby Cakes will be hosting A Charitable Confection for local organization, Project Orange Tree. The fundraiser will benefit Orange Tree’s Project Oasis, an initiative that seeks to buy tracts of land in urban Chicago and develop them into community gardens and safe spaces for area youth. The event will take place at the Chicago Urban Art Society (600 W. Cermak) and will feature live music, drinks and and most importantly, sweets from local bakeries and dessert vendors, including: Bake Chicago, Ruth and Phil’s Gourmet Ice Cream and More Cupcakes, among others. There will also be a silent auction, with all proceeds benefitting Project Oasis.
The VIP reception starts at 6 pm, and the event will be open to the public from 7 pm to 10 pm. Tickets are on sale for $2o for general admission, and $100 for VIP admission. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to A Charitable Confection’s event page. If you can’t attend, you can also make a donation to Project Orange Tree directly through the site.
After 25 years of business, Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse is saying thanks to its customers in a big way. As the conclusion to its “25 Days of Gibsons,” a promotion that kicked off in late March to celebrate the steak franchise’s anniversary, the restaurant will be offering all steaks on its menu for $25 on Monday, April 21st. This includes cuts like the 14-oz. filet mignon, the 20-oz. T-bone and the 24-oz. bone-in sirloin, all of which typically cost around $50. Another choice for $25 will be the new Gibsons 42 Chop, a 32-oz. steak that will be introduced to the menu that day and from then on will cost $99.
The offer will be available at all three Gibsons locations (Chicago, Rosemont and Oak Brook) during lunch and dinner hours, and the dinner menu will be served all day.