Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Lite Bites: What Your Favorite Chefs & Mixologists Are Up To Around Town This Week

Chef Chris Curren (Photo: Blue 13)

Rain can be such a pain . . .

Chris Curren is no longer executive chef at Stout Barrel House & Galley in River North. He gave no additional information for his departure, stating on Facebook Wednesday for fans to "stay tuned for the next stage of my career in the next few weeks. It's going to be exciting!" I wonder how this announcement will affect LGN Group's upcoming beer-focused restaurant in the West Loop. Curren was charged with handling that project as well.

• If you weren't lucky enough to get tix for the annual WhiskyFest, you've got a chance to win a pair at a Templeton Rye Whiskey dinner on April 11. That happens at Local Chicago with a four-course dinner paired with curated cocktails from mixologist Katie Sauer. Templeton Rye Master Distiller Keith Kerkhoff will also be in attendance. The dinner is $80 and reservations may be made by calling the restaurant. It starts at 6:30pm.

Violet Hour staffers preparing for new spring menu. (Photo: Violet Hour)

Boka Restaurant Group (home to the award-winning Boka, Girl and the Goat, GT Fish & Oyster) is set to open a steakhouse in the West Loop in 2014. It'll be interesting to see who the guys tap as the executive chef for this reportedly massive project.

• The Violet Hour spring cocktail menu promises more than 35 new choices. That's a ton of sipping!

LEYE chef Tim Graham is set to leave soon for a new hotel project. (Photo via

American Junkie exec chef Kendal Duque has created fresh new dishes for the just-launched lunch program.

Tim Graham, formerly of Tru and Paris Club, is set to helm Travelle, which is coming to the Langham Hotel soon.

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