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  1. I'm scratching my head today thinking about the distinctively unpleasant experience I had at Old Town Brasserie last night. In fact, I cannot recall any single dining experience at which I've encountered such complete indifference and inconsideration as I did last night. And given how much I was looking forward to it, the experience was especially disappointing. In 1996 I had one of the most memorable and enjoyable meals of my life at Le Francais, with chef Liccioni at the helm. As a relative neophyte to fine dining at the time, I was concerned going in, that it would be stuffy, stodgy and
  2. Scylla's former location is where Takashi now sits. =R=
  3. Updating Thursday's stuff . . . Dinner =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc* jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 LuckyGirl* +1* Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 -46- (36 definite, 10 probable) Only 2 spots remain for Thurday's dinner Drinks =R= +4 HeatherM Alex tammylc* +1* jesteinf +1 edsel tino27 +1 Lady T prasantrin* +1* Marmish* +1* newbie21 Nina C.* +3* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffl
  4. I received notice of this event from a friend who is one of the founding members of the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance. If this event is even half as successful as their inaugural event last fall -- which focused on Midwestern Sausage Traditions -- it promises to be an extraordinarily informative and rewarding experience. I highly recommend checking it out . . . =R= Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance presents The Midwest: How Sweet It Is! Sweets: A Journey Through Midwestern Dessert Traditions Saturday, April 5th, 2008 9 AM – 4 PM Kendall College 900 North Branch Street, Chicago (West o
  5. With pleasure Updating Thursday's stuff . . . Dinner =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc* jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 LuckyGirl* +1* Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 -46- (36 definite, 10 probable) Only 2 spots remain for Thurday's dinner Drinks =R= +4 HeatherM Alex tammylc* +1* jesteinf +1 edsel tino27 +1 Lady T prasantrin* +1* Marmish* +1* newbie21 Nina C.* +3* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +
  6. IMO, no, Holly. I hit Brat Days 07 and found it to be a near waste of time, from a culinary perspective. The main issue is that it's a Johnsonville-sponsored event, so the only brats served at the event are Johnsonville Brats. While there's nothing inherently wrong with them, I just don't view them as a 'destination' brat. I believe the Madison event is also Johnsonville-only. I'm pretty sure there's an indie brat fest held annually somewhere in Wisconsin, but I can't seem to find any information about it at the moment. =R=
  7. I'll agree with that. I guess this comes as especially disappointing news since George Brett's (however awful the food may have been - I don't know, I haven't been since it first opened) was at least somewhat "local." Ronnie (and for those of you who have not been to Kansas City), the location that Fogo de Chao will be moving into is on the Country Club Plaza - probably the premiere shopping district in Kansas City, to date (it's also the oldest outdoor shopping district in the nation). My (and I suspect ChefCAG's) frustration is simply that the centerpiece of our city has been over-run by c
  8. Coincidentally, one of the national food journals (I *think* it's Bon Appetit's March issue) has a one-page blurb on Michael Jordan's latest restaurant ventureS. BTW, for those of us in Kansas City who are interested (in being terribly disheartened), according to Joyce Smith at the KC Star, George Brett's is being replaced by the Brazilian meat-fest, Fogo de Chao. (Read the article here.) Ronnie, I believe George Brett's opened in either 2003 or 2004. ← You could do worse than Fogo de Chao. Sure, it's not super premium but it's still arguably the best in its category. =R=
  9. Hi all, It's really exciting to see the interest in these events -- especially considering that we're still 5 months out. In the next few days, I hope to fill in some more details about events that will take place on Friday and Sunday of the weekend. My hope is that they will be just as interesting to our prospective attendees as the couple of things we've already presented here. We also want to provide a 'heads up' that, just as with the Saturday event, we're going to have to cap attendance at both of the Thursday events. The good news is that we still have some room at both Thursday event
  10. Of course Updating Thursday's stuff . . . Dinner =R= +2 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc* jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 LuckyGirl* +1* Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 -42- (32 definite, 10 probable) Drinks =R= +2 HeatherM Alex tammylc* +1* jesteinf +1 edsel tino27 +1 Lady T prasantrin* +1* Marmish* +1* newbie21 Nina C.* +3* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* moreace01 +1 Sam Iam +1 LuckyGi
  11. I'm really going to miss that hot pine tar appetizer I guess that even for a great player like Brett, once you stop playing, your momentum eventually dies. How long was it open? Here in Chicago, Michael Jordan owns a piece of one sixty blue (and may have personally prevented its closing a few years back) but his namesake restaurant is long gone. OTOH, Walter Payton's Roundhouse Complex in Aurora, IL seems to be still going strong. =R=
  12. Duly noted. Just to confirm, you are solo/probable for the dinner and +1/probable for the cocktail session? Stuart, I'll include you in the cocktail event for now (as a 'probable') but if capacity issues arise, you will have to decide between paying and attending or giving up your space. Updating Thursday's stuff . . . Dinner =R= +2 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc* jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 LuckyGirl* +1* Elrushbo stuart_s -40- (30 definite, 10 pro
  13. Is this place a chain or a single-location restaurant? Where is it? The tortilla switch-a-roo doesn't really sound like something "best" restaurant should do. I guess that's the 'fusion' aspect, right? =R=
  14. Np, Tammy. Should I change your status for Blackbird or leave it as is? What about Saturday? Updating Thursday's stuff . . . Dinner =R= +2 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 LuckyGirl* +1* Elrushbo -39- (30 definite, 9 probable) Drinks =R= +2 HeatherM Alex tammylc* +1* jesteinf +1 edsel tino27 +1 Lady T prasantrin* +1* Marmish* +1* newbie21 Nina C.* +3* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +
  15. We met some friends at Vie for dinner a couple weekends back and things were humming along quite amazingly. Because of the Slow Food event held on Sunday 2/10, the Vie people had missed their customary day off and we were there on the 13th consecutive day on which the restaurant had been open. In spite of that -- or perhaps, because of it -- this may have been the finest meal I've ever had there . . . Amuse of pork belly and pickled cherries . . . there's nothing quite like an unanticipated slab of crispy, sticky pork belly. This amuse was delicious and I loved the sweet/sour house-pickled
  16. Updating Thursday's stuff . . . Dinner =R= +2 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 LuckyGirl* +1* -38- (29 definite, 9 probable) Drinks =R= +2 HeatherM Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel tino27 +1 Lady T prasantrin* +1* Marmish* +1* newbie21 Nina C.* +3* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* moreace01 +1 Sam Iam +1 LuckyGirl +1 Darcie B -44- (35 definite, 9 probable) Please
  17. Updated list for the Saturday event: =R= +2 NancyH +1 torakris edsel LuckyGirl +3 Alchemist CaliPoutine +1* Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 nsxtasy +1 Kerry Beal Marmish +1 moosnsqrl +1 Osnav +1 prasantrin* +1* tino27 +1 Sam Iam +1 nr706 +1 hsm +1* rockandroller +1 joiei Jean Blanchard +1 newbie21 hjshorter moreace01 +1 HOLLY_L santo_grace +1 daniellewiley +1 kasw +1 dls* nyokie6 +1 Nina C. +1 LAZ +1 maggiethecat +1 Elrushbo Darcie B white lotus +1 Fresser cat lancaster HeatherM Lady T yellow truffle +3 -74- (69 definite, 5 probable) Only 16 spots remain =R=
  18. Edsel, I think Toby/Alchemist covered this but just in case, menu details will be provided a bit closer to the actual event, as will details about the pairing options. If you ask most people, they'd probably tell you that pork belly is one of Blackbird's signature items. While I'm sure they'll do a very nice job with the veggies, 'nasty bits' are in their wheelhouse, and that's why Toby and I asked chef Kahan and crew if they could take the meal in that direction. Rona, I'm not sure if non-alcoholic pairings will be an option but you'll be able to order either menu without pairings or, almos
  19. Updating Thursday's stuff . . . Dinner =R= +2 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 -27- (21 definite, 6 probable) Drinks =R= +2 HeatherM Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel tino27 +1 Lady T prasantrin* +1* Marmish* +1* newbie21 Nina C.* +3* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 nyokie6 +1 -30- (22 definite, 8 probable) Please take a look at the above lists and let me know if I have failed to record your status accurately. Thanks! =R=
  20. Updating Thursday's stuff . . . Dinner =R= +2 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* -25- (19 definite, 6 probable) Drinks =R= +2 HeatherM Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel tino27 +1 Lady T prasantrin* +1* Marmish* +1* newbie21 Nina C.* +3* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 -28- (20 definite, 8 probable) Please take a look at the above lists and let me know if I have failed to record your status accurately. Thanks! =R=
  21. Ok, here are some early counts for Thursday's stuff . . . Dinner =R= +2 Alchemist newbie21 HeatherM Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel Lady T prasantrin* +1* -14- (12 definite, 2 probable) Drinks =R= +2 HeatherM Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel tino27 +1 Lady T prasantrin* +1* Marmish* +1* -16- (12 definite, 4 probable) =R=
  22. Updated list for the Saturday event: =R= +2 NancyH +1 torakris edsel LuckyGirl +3 Alchemist CaliPoutine +1* Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 nsxtasy +1 Kerry Beal Marmish +1 moosnsqrl +1 Osnav +1 prasantrin* +1* tino27 +1 Sam Iam +1 nr706 +1 hsm +1* rockandroller +1 joiei Jean Blanchard +1 newbie21 hjshorter moreace01 +1 HOLLY_L santo_grace +1 daniellewiley +1 kasw +1 dls* nyokie6 +1 Nina C. +1 LAZ +1 maggiethecat +1 Elrushbo Darcie B white lotus +1 Fresser cat lancaster HeatherM Lady T -70- (65 definite, 5 probable) Only 20 spots remain =R= Edited to add Lady T, with whom I cross-posted
  23. Do you mean Thursday? Or did I miss something about Friday? ← No, I erred. I've gone back and edited it. This is Thursday we're discussing. =R=
  24. Initial Inquiry about Thursday Night (August 7) Changing gears here slightly to focus on Thursday night. Through the benevolence of eGS member Alchemist and a few of his associates, we have some excellent, prospective events lined up for Thursday night but before we move forward, we want to get a feel for general interest. Below is a brief description of each event. While we're not asking for a 100% firm commitment at the moment, we'd like to make sure there's at least enough interest to warrant holding these events. There are 2 parts to Thursday's prospective activities. Please indicate
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