Dining: Trotter with the Top Down

Charlie Trotter is obsessed with culinary aesthetics. For more than 16 years, the Chicago-based chef, his shirt buttoned close to the chin, has relentlessly executed superior dining experiences at his namesake restaurant on the city’s North Side. His mastery in the kitchen is equaled, if not surpassed, by the precision service in his dining room—the […]

FrontRunners: Made for American

While glassmakers produce a variety of vessels designed for specific spirits or wines, bourbon is generally relegated to chubby rocks tumblers. The spirit’s plight may soon change, however, with the release of the Bourbon Glass, the world’s first glass designed expressly to capture and release the swirling aromas that make American whiskey so appealing. Renowned […]

Host Guide: Holiday Spirits: Barware to Lift Your Spirits

Modern Martini If you prefer your martinis stirred, not shaken, the Martini Pitcher and Stirrer ($340) from William Yeoward ( is the appropriate accoutrement. Part of the prestigious London crystal maker’s celebrated Marcie collection, the crystal pitcher is tall, slender, and thoroughly modern while retaining a classic feel. On the Road If your travels take […]