Grand Old History at the Palmer House
A photograph of Lockwood's brownie dessert (available a la carte at lunch and on the dinner prix fixe) gives rise to a moving meditation from chef Phillip Foss on his restaurant's location inside the Palmer House Hilton.
The story goes that Bertha Palmer, for whom the hotel is named, commissioned her pastry chef to make an easily portable chocolate dessert, and poof — the brownie was invented.
It's not all pastries and picnics being a restaurant inside a grand old hotel, though — Foss laments that he can't attract the young crowd he'd like to, and from that segues into a glimpse at his own family's Chicago history, which has ties to the hotel where he's now chef.
The Palmer House, Revisiting the Original Brownie, & Bertha Palmer [The Pickled Tongue]
Lockwood [Official SIte]