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Hillary Proctor

Hillary Proctor

Guide Staff Writer

Hillary blogs about restaurants in Chicago and beyond at http://www.hillaryproctor.com/. She loves salted caramel, smoked salmon, and avocado-specific kitchen utensils.


Latest articles by Hillary Proctor


How to Eat a Whole Fish

How to Eat a Whole Fish

10.20.2014

Go straight for the cheeks, plus other tips from the chefs at Chicago’s River Roast.


How to Eat Like Hamlet, Drink Like Gatsby

How to Eat Like Hamlet, Drink Like Gatsby

3.18.2014

Do you know how to make The Bee’s Knees? We found out at the 2014 IACP conference in Chicago, where food history experts Ken Albana and Bruce Kraig shared the recipe inspired by "The Great Gatsby."


What We Learned About Food at the IACP Annual Conference

What We Learned About Food at the IACP Annual Conference

3.18.2014

The International Association of Culinary Professionals held its annual conference in Chicago this year, hosting three days of educational sessions led by some of the food world’s best and brightest.


10 Food Trends for 2014 from the IACP Conference

10 Food Trends for 2014 from the IACP Conference

3.18.2014

At the annual IACP conference celebrating all things culinary, one session focused on forecasting what’s next in food. The three panelists were Russ Parsons of the Los Angeles Times, Joe Yonan of the Washington Post, and Mindy Armstrong of Food IQ, a food innovation firm.


How Ada Street Is Using Restaurant Week to Honor Female Chefs

1.29.2014

When Chicago Restaurant Week rolls around, many overworked chefs choose to recycle an old prix fixe menu or serve only dishes that can be easily produced for large crowds even if they aren’t representative of a typical experience at that restaurant.


Adam Rapoport of "Bon Appétit" on Chicago Dining

Adam Rapoport of "Bon Appétit" on Chicago Dining

10.3.2013

As the editor in chief of Bon Appétit magazine, Adam Rapoport knows a thing or two about Chicago’s world-class restaurant scene. But as much as he keeps up on the trendiest openings, he still has a soft spot for the city’s classics. Rapoport told us where he chose to dine while he was in town for Chicago Gourmet at Millennium Park and why he’s ready to make the transition from summer to fall flavors.


Trending and Tasting at Chicago Gourmet in Millennium Park

Trending and Tasting at Chicago Gourmet in Millennium Park

9.30.2013

The weekend-long Chicago Gourmet festival, presented by Bon Appetit magazine, has often been called “Lollapalooza for foodies.” More than 175 chefs and hundreds more beverage purveyors set up tents in Millennium Park for tastings, demonstrations, seminars, and all-around indulgence. As a Chicago foodie, I tried to fit in as much into one Saturday as my mind (and stomach) could handle, and came away with more than a few delicious insights on the trends I saw, the people I met, and the 29 dishes I tasted.


4 Suyos's Owner on Chicago's Peruvian Food Scene

4 Suyos's Owner on Chicago's Peruvian Food Scene

9.24.2013

Since Peruvian celebrity chef Gastón Acurio opened his first third US restaurant, Tanta, in Chicago last month, Peruvian food has been attracting a lot more attention in the Windy City. But what about restaurants that have been serving the classics for years? Humberto Trujillo, chef-owner of 4 Suyos in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, talked to us about what sets the cuisine apart, how the scene has changed, and plans to put his food on wheels.


Biting Into the Apple Fritter at Old Fashioned Donuts in Roseland

Biting Into the Apple Fritter at Old Fashioned Donuts in Roseland

9.16.2013

As big as a baseball mitt with an entire apple's worth of topping, this isn't your average fritter.


Food as Fuel with Fighting Illini Football Coach Tim Beckman

Chicago Beach Eats

Chicago Beach Eats

8.7.2013

Lounging on Chicago’s beaches is among the city’s most treasured summer rituals, second only to standing in line at street fests. Here are a few spots for beach-adjacent bites—or, in one case, an island-themed substitute.