Chef’s Corner | Thomas Lents Thomas Lents was appointed executive chef of Sixteen in January 2012, after working in the world’s most celebrated fine-dining establishments. In his new position at the acclaimed restaurant on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, Chef Lents presents innovative menu programming that marries the details and…

Chef Ryan McCaskey sits down with devHour.tv in this 1 ON 1 “What I’ve been trying to do here at Acadia and  was a vision of mine for a very long time… Trying to build something that was more timeless. I wanted it contemporary, I wanted it sleek and minimalist, but at the same time…

Chef & Owner Iliana Regan takes us through her story like menu, in this Lincoln Square gem. “From the moment they walk in, hopefully the space gives them some kind of feeling of maybe being in nature, in a little cabin somewhere. Feeling like they’re comfortable, and in my home. We really think about the…

Chef de Cuisine Andres Padilla introduces us to Topolobampo in Chicago’s River North. “Topolobampo is contemporary, elegant, authentic, and fun. Offers Mexican cuisine like you’ve never seen before. Topolobampo’s dishes are organized under 8 categories. Guests choose from these categories to create their own three-, five- or seven-course tasting menus. A fourth option, The Perfect…

Since taking the culinary lead at Sepia in 2009, Chef Andrew Zimmerman has garnered national acclaim for his inventive American cuisine. His creative direction in the kitchen has earned the Chicago restaurant a Michelin star since 2011. Zimmerman was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York City in 2010. He’s received…

The brainchild of Chef/Owner Phillip Foss, EL Ideas’ mission statement is to ‘redefine fine dining’. By removing pretension and preconceptions from the fine dining arena, Michelin starred EL Ideas has carved a niche that separates itself. A small BYOB restaurant in a little known Chicago neighborhood, guests can enjoy a relaxed and unique setting not…

Balena in Lincoln Park is the first collaboration between the Boka Restaurant Group and The Bristol Group. Led by Executive Chef/Partner Chris Pandel, the restaurant serves what he calls “Honest, Italian cooking.” Balena’s many accolades include Best New Restaurants in America by Gayot and Bon Appetit, 3 stars by the Chicago Tribune, and a James…

Located on the Chicago River, RIVER ROAST offers dramatic city and water views from every seat – inside and out. James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef John Hogan’s menu of contemporary American tavern fare is satisfying and soul-warming. Meat, fish and veggies are roasted to perfection and carved tableside. Inventive drinks like…

Since 1995, Chef Priscila Satkoff at Salpicón has been satisfying devotees of her classic and contemporary Mexican cuisine. Michelin® Guide calls her “this town’s unsung hero of contemporary Mexican cuisine”.  Her food is paired with her husband Vincent’s award-winning wine list and extensive list of 100% agave Tequilas.  Let Wanda Cole, a CMS Advanced Sommelier,…

Pastry Chef Thomas Raquel chats with devHour.tv about where he draws his inspiration. “I find myself being inspired by the season and what’s growing. Growing up in Los Angeles where the weather is pretty stagnant, it’s hard to be a part of the seasons when it’s 70 and it’s December. I always start with the…

Former Check, Please! Host and Master Sommelier Alpana Singh Introduces us to her River North restaurant: The Boarding House. “The Boarding House is a luxurious restaurant that offers a comfortable setting for any occasion. As you walk into the restaurant you’ll notice a chandelier made of 10,000 wine glasses suspended above the main bar and…