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Here Are The 2015 James Beard Awards Semifinalists

Old names, new faces highlight this year's honorees
Feb 18, 2015 12:51 pm

This afternoon, the James Beard Foundation announced the chef and restaurant semifinalists for its annual awards program, which will be presented at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4. 

Destination Taprooms: 5 Breweries Around America Upping Their Design Game

Creative, comfortable spaces to enjoy great brews
Jan 29, 2015 10:00 am

As the craft-beer industry continues to explode, brewers are realizing the benefits of stepping up their design game to attract new crowds of “beer tourists” to their shiny facilities. Here are five locations around the country worth checking out. 

Hotel Food: Not Just Club Sandwiches Anymore

If you serve Asian noodles, guests will book
Jan 28, 2015 9:00 am

All over the world, hoteliers are amping up efforts to satiate guests in new and unique ways. Food and drink has become such a critical focus for modern hoteliers that it is taking up ever more real estate, sometimes even commandeering the traditional lobby area and pushing the front desk to the side. Chris Shott checks in on a very accomodating trend.

We’ve Entered The Era Of Cocktail Bottle Service, And It's Sipping Really Nice

Nightclub culture meets hush-toned mixology
Jan 8, 2015 2:00 pm

Cocktail bars in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and beyond are putting their own spin on a notorious VIP drinking ritual to make the experience more irreverent and democratic. Through shedding exorbitant price tags and thus largely erasing exclusivity from the scenario, “bottle service” is evolving into a more playful, engaging experience for drinkers.

2014 In Review: 15 Stories That Showed Our Love For The Food Scene In Chicago

Butchering, cocktails, bistros and bakeries
Dec 30, 2014 1:00 pm

Chicago is certainly home to an impressively diverse food and drink scene and the recent announcement that the James Beard Awards are moving there next year confirms that the Windy City is rightfully being recognized as a premier destination for all types of cuisine. Food Republic has been there every step of the way in 2014, reporting on the city's exciting restaurant and bar openings, unveiling the ten commandments of modern butchering and interviewing a hot dog legend. All that, and more, in our year-end roundup of all things Chi-town.

2014 In Review: Korean Food Had A Ridiculously Big Year In America

The year people started thinking beyond barbecue
Dec 30, 2014 10:00 am

It was not long ago when Korean food in America was nothing more than a curiosity (at best) and a cliché (at worst). Doing Korean was a fun night out with friends to eat a bunch of grilled meat, maybe get a little loaded on soju and have your Korean pal order from a poorly worded, oddly photographed, moribund menu full of soups, stews and steaming platters. It’s certainly not bad, any of that. But something significantly changed with Korean food in 2014. Matt Rodbard reports.

Paris, 1910. It’s The Inspiration For Grant Achatz's French Bistro Menu At Next.

The rotating restaurant focuses on France in 2015
Dec 9, 2014 10:30 am

The team behind Chicago’s innovative rotating-theme restaurant Next announced the three new concepts for 2015 last week. Since it’s French Week here at Food Republic, our interest specifically piqued when we heard French Bistro cuisine will take the first rotation of the year.

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