No matter their political views, their baseball rivalries or their neighborhood loyalties, Chicagoans can agree on one thing: Brunch is the most important meal of the day.
“Coffee is the No. 2 beverage in the world,” exclaims Homaro Cantu when asked why he, being a Michelin-starred chef, would want to open a coffee shop. “If you want to reach more people, hit them in their cup of coffee.”
Oak + Char is deeply rooted in wood. Its tables are hand-hewn from a Winnetka oak tree felled in a storm; the walls are made of charred Douglas Fir; and whether it’s smoked, char-grilled or wood-roasted, each dish on the menu is kissed by the flame.
“My entire upbringing is based in Italian-American food,” says chef Tony Quartaro. “My grandma is a major inspiration for me, and there are pictures of me when I was 8 years old making gnocchi with my dad.” Quartaro is poised to bring that traditional Italian family cooking — with a few twists...
Whether you’re decking the halls with boughs of holly and hanging mistletoe, lighting a menorah or getting the streamers ready to ring in 2015, there’s no reason you can’t throw a party as fabulous as those of the pros.
When Neiman Marcus decided to rename its iconic restaurant, which hovers four floors over Michigan Avenue, Mariposa — “butterfly” in Spanish — was a natural fit.