Shadowing Executive Chef Dominique Tougne of Chez Moi and LaVoute Bistro & Bar

Those who know me and longtime readers know that I dream of being a Chef one day, having started my site years ago while living in southwestern Germany. I got my start with a stack of cookbooks that my husband gave me as inspiration to start pursuing my dream. If you had told me back […]

Passport to France Gala in Chicago

Though the tragic events in Paris on November 13th cast a shadow over À la carte Chicago, the spirits of my French colleagues gradually recovered as hope and determination replaced fear. One week later the 31st annual Passport to France event began with an uncorking of emotions in a celebration of French culture and resolve. […]

Luncheon with French Consul General Vincent Floreani

I recently had the pleasure of attending a private luncheon for the Consul General of France, Mr. Vincent Floreani. The event was part of À la carte Chicago, a celebration of contemporary French cuisine and culture. Fifteen guests gathered at Chez Moi in Lincoln Park to experience a four-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Dominique […]

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Annual ‘World of Chocolate’ Gala

I was contacted some months ago by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago inviting me to judge at their ‘World of Chocolate’ event held annually at Chicago’s Union Station. 22 culinarians would compete in three categories for the best chocolate themed dishes. I tasted many, many dishes and though they ranged from sweet to savory to […]

The Michelin Guide 2015 Star Gala – Chicago, IL

To most of us, the stars stand motionless in the heavens; beyond reach and imagination, we struggle to grasp the enormity of the universe and to understand our place in it. But for some the stars are more than mere points of light, they are shifting constellations of genius, and those of us lucky enough […]

Bohemian House – Chicago, IL

In typical Chicago style, Bohemian House sits unassumingly between a upscale burger joint and a sports bar, but just beyond the hand-carved doors you will find an unexpected culinary renaissance of central and eastern European cuisine served in an intimate brick and timber dining room softly lit by iron lanterns, with large, arched windows framing […]

Culinary Boot Camp at The Chopping Block – Chicago

Even before I started my food blog, I have always had a passion for food and cooking. In the beginning, I tried over and over to perfect old family recipes, but somehow they just never seemed to come out right. As I tried to teach myself to cook, I became obsessed with all things culinary; […]