Barbara Lynch loves vegetables. She'll eat pretty much anything from the ground that's been harvested or picked by some local farmer. But she's also a savvy restaurateur and one of the most talented chefs - male or female - in the country.
Bin 36 in North River (photo by Steve Dolinsky)Dan Sachs and his partners had seen enough. Like a 50-something housewife in Orange County who's seen too much sun, his beloved Bin 36 desperately needed a facelift.
As you may know by now, I was in Paris earlier this week, covering the annual Seafood Summit, which has grown quite a bit since it was held in Chicago five years ago. Back then, there were about 70 delegates in attendance.
One of the things that makes Chicago such a wonderful place to eat, is that our chefs now fully immerse themselves in the seasons. We get to eat local strawberries in June, Michigan peaches in August, and this time of year, well, we eat a lot of house-made sausage, chorizo and cured meats.
I had a quick, 48-plus hour trip to Ontario earlier this week, checking out the Ice Wine Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Foodies have known for years that the province churns out world-class ice wines, from producers such as Inniskillin, Stratus, Cave Springs and Lailey.
Jose Garces, Iron Chef (photocourtesy The Food Network)Allez Cuisine!‚ Jose Garces hails from Philadelphia - where he has five restaurants - but he also is quick to point out his Chicago roots.‚ Growing up on the Northwest Side in an Ecuadorian-American household, Garces