Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Would You Spend $120 on an entree?!

Sprout's Satko Ibrahimovic (Photo: Chicago Tribune)

That's what Sprout executive chef/owner Satko Ibrahimovic's counting on when he opens his super high-end, all-organic resto on Oct. 3.

Blogs The Stew:

"Even in this shaky economy, the Bosnian war refugee is betting that Chicago will support a 100 percent organic, super high-end restaurant with an all-organic wine list. And he says he's willing to source every ingredient while maintaining a 20-entree, intensely complicated menu, 'with six seasonal specials a night.'"

When asked if he thought this venture was "a little ambitious," he gave an affirmative yes, adding, "'All of this food will be good for your health. No chemicals. And you would pay $300 or $400 for dinner at Alinea...Try cooking this with all organic ingredients at home. It would cost you twice as much.'"

Mmmmmm, gimme a slice!


Here's a sure sign fall is here:

The annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest is back!

That means all you amateur pastry chefs need to dust off those old recipes handed down to you by your mom or granny. It's $15 to enter the contest, and local restaurateurs/chefs like Michael Taus (Duchamp, Zealous) will be on the judging panel.

The event happens 2-5pm Oct. 18 at Holstein Park (2200 N. Oakley), with all proceeds from the contest benefiting the Friends of Holstein Park.

You'll also be entertained by bluegrass favorite Tangleweed, plus you'll get to sample each pie for only a few bucks.

It's her day!


NAHA executive chef/owner Carrie Nahabedian's the first woman to be inducted in the Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame. The esteemed chef will be formally honored during an event tonight at the Union League Club of Chicago (65 W. Jackson Blvd.).

As the newest and fourth inductee, she'll be rolling with local rock star chefs Charlie Trotter (Charlie Trotter's), Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven) and Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill/Topolobampo), who've been honored in previous years.

With almost 25 years experience as a skilled and critically acclaimed chef, Nahabedian's culinary style combines her Armenian roots and California lifestyle she enjoyed during her years as the executive chef for the Four Seasons. And at NAHA, her menus are built on local foods and rely on fresh produce, meats and cheeses from the Green City Market. Last year she was awarded Best Chef Great Lakes by the James Beard Foundation.

Mayor Daley has also proclaimed today Carrie Nahabedian Day in Chicago.

The event kicks off at 5:30 tonight, and the $175 ticket benefits the Chicago Culinary Museum.