Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hail to the Chef . . .

Randy Zweiban, chef/owner of Province in the West Loop. (Photo: Laurie Proffitt Photography)

The second-annual Chicago Restaurant Week kicks off Feb. 20, but there's yet another dining-related extravanganza certain to drive foodies in a frenzy.

The first-ever Chicago Chef Week, happening Feb. 22-27, showcases some of the most recognized culinary stars in the city, such as Paul Virant (2007 Food & Wine Best New Chef, Vie), Shawn McClain (2006 James Beard Best Chef Midwest, Spring) and Randy Zweiban [Best New Restaurant (Nacional 27), Chicago Magazine, 1998], now owner/chef of Province.

Each restaurant offers a three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu for $32, and Blackbird, Hub 51, Province and Sepia will also have a three-course, prix fixe lunch menu for $22.

Here's the list of participants:

Adobo Grill (Freddy Sanchez)
Blackbird (Paul Kahan, Michael Sheerin) lunch only
Boka (Giuseppe Tentori)
Green Zebra (Shawn McClain)
Hub 51 (Michael Belivich)
Landmark Grill & Lounge (Kurt Guzowski)
Lockwood (Phillip Foss)
Mado (Rob Levitt)
Old Town Brasserie (Andy Motto)
Perennial (Ryan Poli)
Province (Randy Zweiban)
Sepia (Kendal Duque)
Sola (Carol Wallack)
Spring (Shawn McClain)
Topaz (Giuseppe Scurato)
Vermilion (Maneet Chauhan)
Vie (Paul Virant)
Vinci (Paul LoDuca)