Posts for November 2, 2012

Green City Market Moves Inside; BellyQ Offers Free Right or Left Wings; Campagna To Be Barcito's Next Amigo & More

Pintxo from Barcito. (Not actual size.)

It's a Weekend Full of Stuff! Here's some of it, starting with: the Green City Market goes indoors this Saturday at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Yes, it will be apples and squash everywhere, but there are other surprises if you look around; we got Asian pears, a pawpaw and even some fresh raspberries last weekend. Who knows what this weekend may bring? (They also note that the city is now charging for the formerly free lot across the street.)

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See Duffy and Muser on The Interview Show on Video, Levitski Live Tonight

As their much-anticipated Grace gets so close you can almost taste it, Curtis Duffy and Michael Muser paid a visit to the Hideout to talk to The Interview Show's Mark Bazer about why they want to open a super-high-end restaurant, how their personalities (Duffy intense and thoughtful, Muser extroverted and funny) compliment each other, when you should break the rules when it comes to wine... and why they're both motorcycle guys. It's a fun interview that shows you the personal side of these guys as they're about to go nationally famous; watch it below. And for a completely different flavor of chef personality, be at the Hideout tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as the guests include Dale Levitski (Sprout, Frog n Snail), as well as Rick Perlstein (author of the terrific Nixonland) and more.

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How Chicago's Best New England Clam Shack Wound Up on Lincoln Avenue

Bob and Jeff Mazza of New England Seafood Market.Photo: Sky Full of Bacon

Immigrants feel nostalgia for the food of their homeland and by recreating it, enrich us all. This is true whether the immigrants are Bosnians— or Bostonians. And it's how Jeff Mazza and his brother Bob came to be the owners of a Boston-style fish and clam shack on Lincoln Avenue in Roscoe Village/West Lakeview. The Mazzas, whose family has been in the fishing and wholesaling trades right on Boston Harbor for several generations, opened New England Seafood Market last year as a retail operation to bring Chicago the working man's seafood that they missed from the east coast— lobster rolls, fried and steamer clams, fish and chips and chowder.

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Sula Says Follow Elizabeth Down the Rabbit Hole; Vettel Calls Bavette's a Comfortable Winner

Iliana Regan and crew in the open kitchen of Elizabeth.Photo: Sky Full of Bacon

"If you eat with abandon Elizabeth's price point can rival that of Chicago's most expensive restaurants," Mike Sula notes, which might seem presumptuous for a chef who, as another Reader writer noted recently, has hardly cooked anywhere except her own apartment. But he says it's worth following Iliana Regan down the rabbit hole of her woodsy, foraging-based obsessions, which have "a philosophical alignment with the uncompromisingly local and foraged food of Nordic chefs such as Rene Redzepi of Denmark's Noma and Magnus Nilsson of Sweden's Faviken... Regan also gets tagged with the modernist label, and all of her menus are peppered with gels, powders, and foods manipulated for dramatic effect... But the employment of these techniques rarely overshadows the sense that these strikingly pretty dishes have clear connections to the earth. This is unmistakably real food." [Reader]

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Martha Stewart Basically Kills Two Magazines, Lays Off 70 People

It's a good thing?

How's this for timing? Executives at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia — the company that puts out all things Martha — announced this week that they'd lay off 70 people from its 600-person staff. Additionally, they'll kill the recipe-focused Everyday Food as a stand-alone magazine and instead wrap it into Martha Stewart Living. The company will also try to sell another of its magazines, health-heavy Whole Living, to someone else. The moves are expected to save the struggling company between $33 and $35 million per year. [Adweek, Daily Intel]

Honey Butter Fried Chicken Finally Gets Space at Elston and Roscoe

Honey Butter Fried Chicken at a Dose Market earlier this year.

In the early part of the year we tried a number of upcoming restaurants at things like the Dose Market, and most of them were well on their way to opening within a few months. Then there was Honey Butter Fried Chicken, from the Sunday Dinner Club chefs, which got a boost of publicity and then went radio silence for months. We heard they were just having trouble finding a space... but everyone finds that hard, yet somehow they wind up somewhere. Well, at last Honey Butter Fried Chicken has quit playing the field and settled down, too. An announcement to its mailing list this morning announced that Honey Butter will be opening next spring at 3361 N. Elston (at Roscoe), former home of a longtime Mexican restaurant called La Finca which closed earlier in the year. Besides a vintage building completely with long-hidden tin ceiling, it has a large back patio, which suggests that when spring comes, all this will have been worth the wait. [Chicagoist]

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