The Coolest Garden-to-Table Restaurants in Chicago

Nothing beats eating a just-plucked tomato still warm from the sun. In the quest for the freshest food, restaurateurs and chefs are going hyper-local. Even in the heart of Chicago, some innovative restaurants are homegrowing produce on patios and rooftops as part of their farm-to-table fare. Here’s an up-close look at standout restaurant gardens in […]

Sweet Spots to Get Your Chocolate Fix

Chocolate warms both the body and soul, offering serious comfort on a frigid winter day. We’ve searched far and wide to find the best chocolate desserts in Chicago and the North Shore (tough job, but someone’s got to do it!). From bonbons to baklava, our chocolate roundup has everything you need next time you’ve got […]

Fresh: The Sidedoor

Inovasi’s Chef John des Rosiers took what had been the private dining space of his Lake Bluff restaurant and converted it into this tiny, rustic taqueria. It may be small, but the flavors are big! Ingredients are homemade, affordable and locally sourced, so you can feel good about getting your carb on. Choose from tacos, […]

Power Restaurants

I’m not talking about power eating, although I’m certainly not ruling that out, either. These are the restaurants you go to when you’ve got business to attend to; where to take a meeting, where to see and be seen, where to use your expense account. Not surprisingly, the list is red-meat heavy. It’s much easier […]

John des Rosiers, Owner and Head Chef, Inovasi and Wisma

The first thing John des Rosiers remembers cooking are pierogi. When he was seven, he started helping his Polish grandmother, and at Christmastime they would turn out thousands of the dumplings. By high school he had a part-time job at Gabriel’s Restaurant in Highwood. Even then, he says, “the school part meant less to me […]