Talk and Eat


The World of Food

Delve into a hot dining trend, a country’s cuisine, or the origins of culinary traditions on our weekly blog about the World of Food.

Alpana A La Carte

Check, Please! host Alpana Singh returns for our 18th season! Each week, she’ll be writing a story here – sharing insights on a variety of topics, including food and wine, Chicago’s culinary landscape, the changing relationship of people to food, and anything else that pops into her head.

Cat's Corner

Chef and food writer Catherine De Orio chats with local chefs, restaurateurs, and other dining notables, bringing her own experience and insights to the table.


Chef's Choices

Want to try your hand at tempting dishes prepared by your favorite Chicago chefs, in the comfort of your own kitchen? Local chefs and restaurateurs share their favorites with you.

At the Bar

No need to head to a tavern or upscale restaurant to enjoy your favorite cocktails. Check, Please! shares recipes for mixed drinks featured on the series for the home bartender.


Check, Please!

The definitive restaurant show in Chicago, Check, Please! takes you on a journey of the food and dining scene in the city and neighborhoods. Watch the show online or on your phone, search our comprehensive restaurant database by cuisine and neighborhood, learn about the variety of cuisines, and more.

Chat, Please!

Check, Please! creator David Manilow hosts this lively and revealing short-form online conversation series, exploring every aspect of the Chicago restaurant scene with local experts across the dining spectrum.


Ever wonder what it’s really like to be a Check, Please! guest? Each week, our “regular-person” reviewers share their fun behind-the-scenes insights, including what surprised them most about the experience.