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Mindy Segal (of HotChocolate, pictured here) will head Taste of the Nation in Chicago, along with Hub 51’s R.J. Melman.

by Jennifer Olvera

Summer ushers in a whole lot of good things for Chicagoans: balmy temperatures, a bevy of restaurant and lounge openings and must-attend gala events. Taste of the Nation is among the latter, and it will take place on August 12. General admission is from 7 p.m.-10 p.m., while VIPs can kick it until midnight.

This leg of the nationwide culinary food and wine benefit, aimed at ending childhood hunger in America, highlights 50 of the city’s top chefs and 25 of its best mixologists. Heading the fête in 2010: Mindy Segal of HotChocolate and R.J. Melman of Hub 51. Interestingly, this year’s festivities will not take place at a hot hotel, but rather at the Aragon Ballroom, the theme being street food and entertainment from Chicago artists, performers, dancers and DJs.
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Ladies Who Lunch

on August 02nd, 2010
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Author Mireille Guiliano with Sophie Gayot

Author Mireille Guiliano with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

What happens when ladies go to lunch together, especially if some of them are French? Chances are they will be talking about food, and how to stay thin.


This is what happened to me when Mireille Guiliano, the author of “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” was in Los Angeles to present her new book, “The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook.” The book is, of course, a logical sequel to the first one. Guiliano tested all the recipes: 150 new ones and eight classics from the first book.

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