Thursday, July 19, 2012
Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy during his days at Blackbird. (Photo: Blackbird)
This bombshell just dropped in my inbox:
Sarah Kosikowski quietly left her position as executive pastry chef at Sixteen and Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago at the end of June to work for Valrhona Chocolate.
Taking her place on July 30 will be Patrick Fahy, who was most recently at Cafe Des Architectes. He also garnered rave reviews for his work at avec, Blackbird and Publican (where he received a James Beard Foundation Award nomination in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category).
Who else is coming aboard?!
(Photo via San Francisco Examiner)
Here are a few heavy-hitter chef events coming up. The best part is that there's something for every budget—from $25 to $250—and you'll go home feeling satisfied:
BBQ Beasts & Blues. Three Aces' Matt Troost has gathered some of his culinary cohorts for an event to support MEMA-Music, a nonprofit organization motivating youth through music.
Who's Involved: Each chef [Troost, Mark Steuer (The Bedford), Chris Curren (Stout Barrel House & Galley), John Manion (La Sirena Clandestina)] will prepare a whole animal (think whole pig, lamb, fowl and/or goat) with accompanying side dishes. Bonus: Live music from Chicago blues artists Mississippi Gabe Carter, Matt Hendrix and Dave Herrero.
When & Where: 4-10pm Sunday, July 22 at Three Aces.
$: $25 at the door only
The view from above at the J. Parker at Hotel Lincoln. (Photo: 312 Dining Diva)
Unobstructed, 360-degree views of the lakefront.
That's what you will get at J. Parker, the snazzy new rooftop lounge set to open July 30.
It's owned by the Boka Restaurant Group (Girl & The Goat, GT Fish & Oyster, Perennial Virant, etc.), so expect an impressive cocktail and cuisine menu.
Here's a guy who barely drinks, yet believes that tipping your local bartender is a waste of $$$. He thinks you should be tipping instead your mail carrier, bus driver, pilot . . . basically anyone other than a bartender.
More of his thoughts on the subject: