A Q&A with Co-owners of Bar Pastoral – Greg O’Neill and Ken Miller

By Catherine De Orio |

Discuss >

Wine and Cheese Pairings, Bar Pastoral

 

Hello everyone!

Are you ready to start the 16th season of Check, Please!? I am! This is an exciting season – jam-packed with more amazing finds recommended by all of you – as well as a few new elements. This season, right here on our website at wttw.com/checkplease, our guests will give confessional-style interviews before and after shooting their episode. How fun will this be to peek behind the curtains!

The World of Food: Charcuterie

By Julia Maish |

Discuss >

 “Good meat can change the world” – The Butchers Guild

 

Charcuterie. This French term (pronounced shar-KOO-tuh-ree), despite its distinctly unappetizing English translation of “cooked flesh,” conjures up the pleasures of an upscale picnic spread, perhaps to be enjoyed with good friends at an outdoor symphony concert under the stars. A bottle or two of good wine; sliced French bread, small toasts, or thin crackers; sweet and savory spreads; some grapes or other bite-sized fruits, pickled vegetables, and olives (for more of an Italian flair); and the main event: a sumptuous array of cheeses and cured meats in a wide variety of textures, attractively arranged on a rustic wooden board.

A Q&A with Original Check, Please! Host Amanda Puck

By Catherine De Orio |

Discuss >

Amanda Puck and Catherine De Orio at James Beard Taste America

 

Hello everyone! As we wrapped up our 15th season, we asked top chefs from around the city to pick their favorite places to dine out in Chicago – and who doesn’t want to know that? Watch the episode if you haven’t already!

Watch Season 15, Episode 12

By David Manilow |

Discuss >

Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Alex Rodriguez, Maurel Samonte, and Jen Peterson who weigh in on Chicago area eateries The Duck Inn, Café Orchid, and Found Kitchen and Social House.

A Q&A with Chef/Partner of The Duck Inn Kevin Hickey

By Catherine De Orio |

Discuss >

Chef Kevin Hickey, The Duck Inn

 

Hello everyone! This week we visited The Duck Inn in Bridgeport, Found Kitchen and Social House in Evanston and Café Orchid in Wrigleyville. Chicago is filled with so many culturally rich, vibrant neighborhoods, yet we often find ourselves staying close to home, wherever that may be, instead of exploring everything our beautiful city has to offer. Nearly every neighborhood has a great place to eat, and so with the burst of spring weather we have this weekend, let’s get out of our neighborhoods and try something different. After all, this is what Check, Please! is all about!

Watch Season 15, Episode 11

By David Manilow |

Discuss >

Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Elina Schkolnik, Michael Baer, and Abby Israel who weigh in on Chicago area eateries Bohemian House, Uru Swati, and Bistro Dré.

A Q&A with Bohemian House Chef Jimmy Papadopoulos

By Catherine De Orio |

Discuss >

Chef Jimmy Papadopoulos, Bohemian House

 

Hello everyone! This week we visited Bohemian House in River North, Bistro Dre in Lakeview, and Uru Swati on Devon. I am half Eastern European – Lithuanian – and grew up with my maternal grandmother making pierogies from scratch, wurst and sauerkraut, and decadent potato pudding known as kugelis. Rich, hearty cooking has a special place in my heart. Despite a large Eastern European population in Chicago, it is not easy to find restaurants that focus on this type of cuisine. So I was thrilled when Bohemian House opened.

Watch Season 15, Episode 10

By David Manilow |

Discuss >

Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Karl Schook, Laila Chen, and Gerald Spice who weigh in on Chicago area eateries Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed, Strings, and Pete Miller's.

Talking Ramen with Chef Kee Chan and Gabriela Fernandez of Strings Ramen

By Catherine De Orio |

Discuss >

Chef Kee Chan, Strings Ramen

 

Hello everyone! This week we visited Strings Ramen in Chinatown, Milt’s BBQ for the Perplexed, and Pete Miller’s Seafood & Prime Steakhouse in Evanston. This winter has been mild for Chicago, but the forecast this week has been chilly! And when the temps dip, my favorite comfort food is a steaming bowl of ramen accompanied by a cold beer. So, this week I spoke with Chef Kee Chan of Strings Ramen and their director of marketing Gabriela Fernandez. Want to know what “hell ramen” is? Keep reading…

Watch Season 15, Episode 9

By David Manilow |

Discuss >

Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Terrence Boone, Miranda Justus, and Dong Huynh who weigh in on Chicago area eateries Asian Harbor, Beatrix, and Sauce and Bread Kitchen.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - blogs