Ramps, Morels Usher in Chicago’s Spring

The Bristol is one of several Chicago restaurants featuring ramps on its menu. Photo courtesy of Neil Burger.
The Bristol is one of several Chicago restaurants featuring ramps on its menu. Photo courtesy of Neil Burger.

by Jennifer Olvera

 

In Chicago, spring has sprung! We’ve had a few warm days, and ramps—among the season’s first edible indicators—are at-the-ready. (Cue the swooning sound.) We just love these wild, potently flavored beauties, which are foraged locally in cool, forested areas. And we’re psyched to share where you can find them around town.

 

Blackbird’s Mike Sheerin will serve puréed ramps with halibut; upping the ante further, they’ll also be pickled, alongside.

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French Romance in Hollywood

 by Sophie Gayot

The Gayots celebrated the opening night of the 2010 City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) Film Festival last night at the DGATheater on Sunset Boulevard. The 14-year-old COLCOA is the second entirely-French-language film festival in the world.

Due to the volcanic activity in Iceland, some key figures could not make it, but French Consul General David Martinon welcomed the packed house watching the North American premiere of Heartbreaker(L’Arnacoeur), a romantic comedy starring Vanessa Paradis (Johnny Depp’s life partner) and Romain Duris, and directed by Pascal Chaumeil.

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The Besh Is Yet To Come

Chef John Besh of Restaurant August in New Orleans
Chef John Besh of Restaurant August in New Orleans

by Becky Sauer

 

Chef John Besh is known for his New Orleans establishments: Restaurant August has previously been named one of our top 40 restaurants in the country; The Besh Steakhouse at Harrah’s is one of the Top 10 Steakhouses in New Orleans; La Provence is one of the most romantic restaurants around; and he also serves up fine food at Lüke, Domenica, and The American Sector.

 

But now the James Beard award winner wants to cook deep in the heart of Texas. The new Embassy Suites San Antonio Downtown Riverwalk Hotel will feature a restaurant from the former “Iron Chef” competitor when the hotel opens in August.

 

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Dockers Debuts Premium Khaki at American Rag Cie in Los Angeles

The Dockers K-1 Khaki display at American Rag Cie
The Dockers K-1 Khaki display at American Rag Cie

by Emily Tsay

Could khaki pants actually be cool? It definitely appeared so at a recent Dockers event we attended at the fashion-insider retail mecca American Rag Cie in Los Angeles. Launching the brand’s first-ever premium offering in the U.S., Dockers debuted its K-1 Khaki Collection (priced from $150 to $250) to a hipster crowd at the laid-back event. The theme seemed to be vintage Americana with a modern twist: Rob Roy was the cocktail of the evening, and for entertainment, there was a pool table and a DJ spinning a mix of hip hop and indie tunes. A retro hors d’oeuvre of pigs-in-a-blanket was served, standing out from the other Asian-inspired bites from AN Catering by Crustacean. Continue reading “Dockers Debuts Premium Khaki at American Rag Cie in Los Angeles” »

Paolo De Marchi Makes Appearance at Sepia in Chicago

Paolo De Marchi will host a wine dinner at Sepia in Chicago on April 26
Paolo De Marchi will host a wine dinner at Sepia in Chicago on April 26

by Jennifer Olvera

 

So, you can’t make the trip to Tuscany you long for. It’s a bummer, for sure. On the other hand, you can sip seriously good wine from the region—with Paolo De Marchi, no less—at Sepia on April 26.

 

The storied (some say visionary) winemaker from small-production Isole e Olena will pour six of his rare vinos, including his complex flagship Sangiovese, Cepparello, and Uvaggio, a blend of Nebbiolo, Vespolina and Croatina from Proprietà Sperino, his Piedmont estate in the shadows of the Alps.

 

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