Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It Ain't Pretty Right Now . . .


. . . but look for this space to look spectacular in the next few weeks as it magically transforms into Leopold.

You may remember it as Relax Lounge, in West Town, which struggled with a few identity issues after it was forced to change from its original name, Pharmacy, and concept of prescription-themed drinks and boozy milkshakes.

They even had former "Top Chef" finalist Dale Levitski (now exec chef at super-successful Sprout) for a spell hooking up prix-fixe dinners, but the new owners are now taking it in an entirely new direction.

The Apple (Pie) Of Your Eye . . .


Break out that old family recipe because the annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest is 2-5pm Sunday in Holstein Park (2200 N. Oakley St.).

Even better this year is that Tru's freaking fabulous executive pastry chef Gale Gand (who incidentally guest judged the most dramatic episode to date of "Top Chef Just Desserts" this week!) is one of the judges, so you need to be on your A-game, people.