A Contemporary Look at Comfort-Food Classics

February 10, 2016

As winter begins to take grasp—and it’s often an extra-firm grip in Chicago—diners seek out warmth in the much-loved world of comfort food. Elevating those culinary memories to the fine-dining forum, and doing so in surprising and contemporary fashion, is one of Chef Ryan McCaskey’s specialties.

The chef and proprietor of Acadia, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in the city’s South Loop, believes there are many nuances to the time-honed tradition. The key is allowing the past to play a role in the creative process. “That’s really what we do here. I don’t ever claim that we’re reinventing anything or trying to…