Our Favorite Brunch Spots Right Now

Brunch is my favorite mashup. It’s two…two…two meals in one, and not only is that a timesaver—let’s face it, who has time for two meals on Sunday morning when you’ve already slept through the first one?—but it’s clearly meant as an excuse for day drinking. But a bottomless Mimosa or a fabulous Bloody Mary bar […]

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 […]

Halloween Potluck: “Untraditional” Shepherd’s Pie

In the British Isles, the ultimate comfort food is Shepherd’s Pie, originally made with stewed mutton topped with mashed potatoes. Here in the Chicago area, Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris have been serving up their “untraditional” version with Tallgrass beef and a puree of potatoes, parsnips and butternut squash at Northbrook’s Prairie Grass Cafe since […]

A Chef's Healthy Menu

If you think there’s temptation in your kitchen, imagine being Sarah Stegner, chef of Prairie Grass Café and Prairie Fire. She works around delicious food all day (click here for a recipe), and tasting her creations is a key part of her job description. So it’s no wonder the James Beard Award-winning chef came up […]

White Bean and Winter Vegetable Soup

According to Chef Sarah Stegner, this easy soup shows off all the good things about winter. Adding the herbs at the end gives the soup a fresh green look and an aromatic flavor that brightens it up, says Stegner, chef and co-owner of Prairie Grass, who came up with the soup with the help of […]

Chef Sarah Stegner is on Fire with Prairie Fire

Renowned chef Sarah Stegner, co-owner of Prairie Grass Café in Northbrook, gives new meaning to the term down-to-earth. No matter how many accomplishments and accolades she racks up—two James Beard awards, running a thriving restaurant in a recession and even opening a new one, for starters—this mom and Evanston native just keeps quietly doing what […]