Five years ago, childhood friends David Morton and Chef Michael Kornick found a common interest in the aspiration to build a collection of high-quality, value-driven neighborhood restaurants that celebrated Chicago, community and, of course, the culinary arts.
Alpana Singh never slows down. Just two years ago, the former “Check, Please!” host opened the doors to The Boarding House, a glittering River North restaurant; last fall, she appeared as a judge on Food Network’s “Food Truck Face Off”; and her latest venture, Seven Lions, opens soon on Michigan...
This time it’s personal for Kevin Hickey. The chef spent 20 years with the Four Seasons Group and currently heads up Bottlefork Bar & Kitchen, but his newest venture with Rockit Ranch Productions is truly homemade.
When Jason Prah and Scott Harney decided on the name Bascule Wine Bar for their University Village spot, they did so with intention.
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...