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Bar Fri Aug 31 2012

Call the Office, Your Drink is Ready

phone number for The Office bar in Chicago: 312-972-7641Actually, text it. Grant Achatz finally did away with the secrecy around getting into The Office, the exclusive "speakeasy" in the basement of The Aviary (955 W. Fulton Market), with a tweet yesterday. You're now free to text your reservation requests.

To be sure, there wasn't much of a secret to getting into the Office at this point, and in my own experience, it's actually relatively easy to get an "invitation," provided you're not trying on Friday or Saturday night after 8pm or so. Next time you're at the Aviary, just ask your server and he or she will check with the manager to see if there's room for your party. Be prepared: the prices are higher than Aviary across the board, so if an $18 In the Rocks upstairs gives you pause, the room downstairs isn't for you.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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