Posts for November 13, 2012

Slagel Family Farm Wants Your Help Bringing Light to Chickens

Slagel is a familiar name in farm to table restaurant circles— the boar used by Scott Manley in the first Table, Donkey and Stick video was from Slagel. Now they've got a new project born in horror at the way farming is done by people unlike themselves. As they tell the story on their website:

Recently, a commercial chicken egg production facility came up for sale just a few miles from our small family farm in central Illinois. After expressing some interest in buying the facility, we were able arrange a tour. After seeing the facility in person, we were determined to find a way to buy the property and destroy the caged bird system so it could not get into the hands of another factory farm and continue to operate.

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Bozo the Clown Restaurant Concept Sounds Like a Mess Hall of Nightmares

Nothing creepy about this.Photo: MichaelTutton/Flickr

Restaurant News reports that a Bozo the Clown-themed restaurant and entertainment complex is now under development from Dave Corriveau, the president (and "Dave") behind the Dave & Buster's chain. Yes, that very same Bozo the Clown that you and everyone else hasn't thought about in over a decade. Family-friendly BozoWorld will serve as a circus-themed venue for kids to hold their birthday parties, play games, and generally go bonkers, with plans to "revolutionize indoor family entertainment." Sounds like a good idea, except for one thing: An all-clown restaurant sounds like it will be a pure terror factory for today's kids.

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Bourdain’s CNN Show to Be Called ‘Parts Unknown,’ Gets Its First Promo

The first promo vid for Anthony Bourdain's new CNN show is out, and it looks a lot like No Reservations. The show, called Parts Unknown, is all set to debut this spring, and from the look of things, there isn't a single Cadillac in sight. And a quick programming note: Bourdain will be on Piers Morgan's show tonight to talk about the project. Watch the teaser, straight ahead.

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The Southern Now Delivers. Delivers Chicken. By Which We Mean, Hot Chicken.

Hey, you know that fried chicken wave that was going to be the next new hot thing? Well, it still is; other than Pecking Order, we're still waiting on all those places to open. In the meantime, though, good news: The Southern has started delivery through Grub Hub. Which is good news most nights, better news Wednesday and Thursday nights... because Wednesday nights they do fried chicken, Thursday nights they do hot chicken. No, we don't mean it's cold on Wednesday, it's hot as in spicy, specifically, hot as in Prince's in Nashville, which means, really really spicy. Check it out here.

Verily, Your Tax Dollars Will Be Wasted Defending Bad Food Truck Law

The recent food truck ordinance, and the games that have followed it coming up with spots for food trucks that violate the ordinance but appease well-connected downtown restaurateurs, had bad policy written all over them, being pretty clear violations of any sort of restraint of trade laws. And the great thing about bad policymaking is, first you pay government to create it, then you pay for lawyers to defend it. To no one's surprise, the Institute for Justice, a libertarian group which has fought food truck ordinances already in places like El Paso, will file a lawsuit against the City of Chicago on Wednesday. But more to the point, they made a video parodying the opening of Game of Thrones, apparently, to tell their story. (We wouldn't know, we stopped paying for HBO around the time they canceled Deadwood for that show about the guy with the big equipment. Which is not what the references to "Schnitzel King" in this video are about.) Anyway, as 4-minute videos on legal issues go, it's quite entertaining, check it out below.

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See the Star Chefs Come Out at Last Night's Food & Wine Chefs Showcase

It's one of the glitziest events of the dining year, the Food & Wine Chef Showcase in Chicago, held last night at the Museum of Contemporary Art with a cast of every A-list chef you can think of. As well as editors from Food & Wine who, for one night, walk the earth of Chicago as mortals. Our man Huge Galdones was there, capturing not only the star power but the spectacular food that being in the presence of their hottest colleagues inspired these chefs to create for the evening. Check out his slideshow and salivate below.

Christian Fantoni Joins Phil Stefani's 437 Rush as Chef

Christian Fantoni, who opened Filini Bar and Restaurant in the Radisson Blu Hotel, has now joined Phil Stefani's 437 Rush. Fantoni, a native of Bergamo, Italy whose bio has an opening line no one can resist (he grew up in the castle where his father was chef to the prince), was recruited to Chicago from posts at places like Le Bernardin and Le Cirque by the troubled Pensiero in Evanston, but quickly departed for Luigi's Place in Aurora before coming back to the city for Filini, which Phil Vettel liked.

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