Posts Tagged ‘tasting menus’

Five Local Food Trends to Look Out for in 2016

Diners and tiki bars are coming!

What Do Eve’s Renovations Say About the State of Fine Dining?

You may wonder why I care about the mostly cosmetic renovations taking place in Restaurant Eve's Tasting Room. I mean, why should most people care that owners Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong have purchased new furniture and fixtures for their showcase dining room, where a prix-fixe, multi-course meal can easily surpass $200 a head? Let me […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Vermilion

Everybody has one: a restaurant that proves so disappointing on first visit that you avoid the place for months, if not years. Vermilion was that restaurant for me. In retrospect, though, I was only depriving myself. Chef Anthony Chittum’s most recent four-course tasting menu, if you discount the underwhelming deconstructed trifle for dessert, is a […]

The Last Days of This Year’s Tomato Season

Whether you believe it or not, I'm pretty sentimental about the things I care about.  Glory still makes me weep every time I watch that scene on the beach. This little guy will forever own a piece of my heart. And around this time of year, I begin to mourn the loss of good, fresh-from-the-vine […]

Last Week’s Greatest Hits on Young & Hungry

Not even the lobster truck could compete with Five Guys Last week was one for the record books, thanks to the baffling whims of the interwebs. A four-paragraph item about Five Guys topping the hamburger category in the 2010 Zagat fast food survey went viral, generating tens of thousands of hits and causing our poor […]

Former Teatro Chef Enzo Fargione to Launch His Own Downtown Restaurant

Not long after he was unceremoniously ousted from Teatro Goldoni earlier this year, Enzo Fargione vowed to open his own place, where he would focus almost exclusively on his multi-course tasting menu that had made Teatro a destination for many gastronomes. The chef even dropped the "K" word: He compared his upcoming endeavor to Komi, […]

R.J. Cooper to Open an Alleyway, All-Tasting Menu Restaurant in Mount Vernon Square

Cooper in the alley that will be the location of his first restaurant When R.J.Cooper split from Vidalia earlier this year, the chef had his sights set on opening a place called Pigtails, a sly reference to his twin daughters and his love of all things pork. But an investor changed his  mind. "I had […]

Dissecting R.J. Cooper’s ’24’ Menu at Vidalia

Sterling caviar with “pappardelle” Note: Because of limitations in the design of the Young & Hungry column for the Web, we're re-running the story in the blog so you can enjoy the full impact of Darrow Montgomery's photography. Tasting table. Chef’s table. Degustation menu. Whatever you call it. this multi-course meal is considered the turbo-charged […]

The New Chef’s Table at Teatro Goldoni: Gunning for Four Stars

Enzo Fargione, the typically self-effacing chef at Teatro Goldoni, makes no attempt to hide his ambition with his revamped chef's table at the K Street institution. He says, plain and simple, that he wants to "create one of the best culinary experiences in the area." Perhaps you think Fargione's timing is off, that now is […]

Chicago Trib Lists the 10 Worst Dining Trends from the Last Decade

This is a fun list, and I agree with many of the Tribune's picks (even if I'd argue that "foam" and "molecular gastronomy" are two branches of the same tree and don't deserve separate listings). The top 10 offenders are culled from chef and consultant interviews conducted by the paper. I think I'd add long, […]