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Sunday, March 3

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News Wed Jan 23 2008

Mmm, Midweek Links

The contestants for Top Chef: Chicago have been announced. Two (Stephanie Izard, former chef/owner of Scylla, and Valerie Bolon) work here in Chicago, and a third (Dale Talde) is from here; the new season debuts March 12.

• Time Out's Heather Shouse got an exclusive interview with Schwa's Michael Carlson. He talks about the events leading up to the restaurant's closing, and a little about the changes that have helped bring it back to life.

Graham Elliot Bowles is leaving Avenues to open his own "bistronomic" place in River North. Curtis Duffy, formerly of Alinea, will take over at Avenues.

• Fan Si Pan, the Vietnamese spring roll place on Chicago, has closed for reconcepting and a move, 312 Dining Diva reports.

• Speaking of closings, the Painted Lady Organic Eatery has closed. The owners, who also run Bleeding Heart Bakery, found themselves stretched too thin.

Dish points us to HotChefs.TV, a video site with a bunch of chef interviews, and notes that Harry Caray's Tavern will replace the former Hi Tops at Addison and Sheffield (didn't even know it had closed.)

FoodBlog notes a gallery of Groceries That People Won't Buy Even at 40% Off" on LTHForum. It's a good companion piece to our own feature on the closing of Hyde Park Co-Op over in Detour.

Hungry Mag gets the first bite of Crisp, a new Korean place in Lakeview.

• The Chicago MenuPages Blog digs up some serious ethnic smack talk in its reader reviews of post-Yugoslavian Boem.

Chicago Foodies love Le Lan.

Misty Tosh loves Tank Noodle enough to go there for breakfast.

Chicago Gluttons love the ever-lovin' shit out of The Bluebird.

• And Chicago Bites thoroughly enjoyed the Chicago Diner.

• The blogger-brewers at Flossmoor Station are shocked to discover that they kick ass.

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The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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