Internationally known for his roles on “Top Chef Masters,” “Take Home Chef” and other reality food shows, celebrity chef Curtis Stone knows his away around a kitchen. The Bravo favorite gained instant appeal with his simple, homegrown style and unforgettable Aussie accent, making his way from highly acclaimed London restaurants to network television.
On a sunny Wednesday evening beneath the hub of tourists surrounding Millennium Park’s bean, around 550 people gathered June 19 to celebrate the sixth annual Chefs on the Grill event hosted at the Park Grill. Guests sampled entrees and creative cocktails from 13 local restaurants, with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities. The event also featured a raffle, silent auction and live performance by local cover band The Walk-Ins, as well as NBC 5 Chicago’s meteorologist Cheryl Scott as emcee.
I call it the “food truck phenomenon” and most of Southern California might agree. Foodies and families alike have fallen in love with gourmet food trucks. From South Bay to the west end of the San Fernando Valley, these mobile restaurants have taken over curbsides just about everywhere they can. Some communities are more receptive to this food trend than others. Granada Hills, which is a small pocket located in the west San Fernando Valley, has extended its community hand to local food trucks.
City-dwelling is riddled with long commutes and greasy fast-food restaurants. But health food lifestyle restaurant Freshii aims to provide the masses with an alternative to fast unhealthy food. Celebrating its fourth year in the second city, Freshii will be hosting their anniversary, June 11-17.
Approachable comfort food without the pretense. That’s what Nookies Edgewater (1100 W. Bryn Mawr, 773.516.4188) diner is all about, according to owner Michael Mitsoglou. The newest location in Edgewater has modernized this concept, responding to customers’ evolving tastes but remaining true to its diner-style roots. So what does a...
A guilt-free burger? Don’t mind if you do! Epic Burger (227 E. Ontario, 312.257.3260 & 40 E. Pearson, 312.257.3262), prided on crafting the burger of champions, has launched two more restaurants–one in Streeterville, and the other in the Gold Coast–giving them a total of six Chicago locations. In addition...