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February 6, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Ever wondered what celebrity chef in Chicago has the best smile? No? Well, someone did, because the Chicago Dental Society was surveyed about just such a question in "preparation" for its 148th Midwinter Meeting, and more than 200 dentists weighed in on who has the best set of pearly whites. The winner, garnering 60 percent of the vote, was Stephanie Izard, the Girl and the Goat chef and former "Top Chef" winner. Grant Achatz and Rick Bayless took second and third, respectively, but they were distant runners-up, kind of like only getting floss when you really wanted a new toothbrush at the dentist.
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NEWS
July 24, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
For the first time, concertgoers will be able to indulge in vegetarian food options at Northerly Island. Live Nation Entertainment on Wednesday announced the addition to the 38 amphitheaters it owns or operates in North America, including the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Veggie burgers will be served for the first time and a signature vegetarian meal item is being developed by Bravo's "Top Chef" judge Hugh Acheson, who will help guide the company's food policies, according to the news release issued by Live Nation.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeats and RedEye
Between Dale Levitski's Frog N Snail and Chuy Valencia's former restaurant Chilam Balam, Broadway in East Lakeview already is something of a "Top Chef" hot spot. With the opening of Bar Pastoral lead by "Top Chef: Seattle" cheftestant Chrissy Camba, it's gaining even more attention from fans of the Bravo show, now in its 10th season. Here are five things you should know about the first restaurant from the owners of gourmet shop Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, due to open Nov. 12 at 2947 N. Broadway.
NEWS
January 3, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
They are the young and the powerful. A number of young adults have worked for President Obama since he campaigned in 2008 and have stayed on in various jobs at the White House. RedEye takes a brief look at three standout young guns. Samantha Tubman, 31 Then: Press wrangler. Member of the Scheduling and Advance Team. After the election, she was named deputy associate director of the social office and helped organize every detail of events from bill signings and holiday parties to state dinners.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
If you want to know why there's not a “Real Housewives of Chicago,” Bravo TV exec Andy Cohen has the answer. Or not. “That's a good question,” Cohen told RedEye in a recent phone interview. “We've done development on a few other things in Chicago, and I'm working on getting a Chicago-based show up and running in the next year. I can't say it will be a 'Housewives' but we have some other stuff in the hopper.” Prepare for more housewives love as Cohen's “Watch What Happens Live” expands to five nights a week starting Jan. 8. The St. Louis native usually interviews a housewife and another celebrity on the late-night talk show.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Maggie Q will headline the "Nikita" contingent coming to C2E2 April 13-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Read an update to this story here. Q plays the title character in the series, a rogue spy who is out to stop the secret agency that turned her into a killer. During a panel on Saturday, April 14, Q and creator/executive producer Craig Silverstein will share insider secrets about what to expect in the final episodes of Season 2, which airs at 7 p.m. Fridays on CW. Other members of the cast who will attend the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo have yet to be announced, but a convention official has told me Q is "100 percent confirmed.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Hubbard Street holds the unofficial title of the most bustling strip in River North, but it's neighbor one block to the south, Kinzie Street, is gaining momentum. Classics such as Keefer's and Harry Caray's have been holding court on Kinzie for more than 10 and 20 years, respectively, while favorites such as Mercadito, Public House and Gilt Bar have moved in over the past few years. In just the last year, Kinzie has become increasingly more crowded with the openings of throwback steakhouse Bavette's, sprawling speakeasy-style bar Untitled, and a downtown location of John Barleycorn.  Here's a look at the freshest newcomers, plus two more in-the-works projects.
NEWS
May 14, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
The Taste of Chicago is bringing back its Celebrity Chef du Jour series with a fresh line-up of big-name local chefs. Featured chefs for the fine-dining experience include Rick Bayless , Carrie Nahabedian, Giuseppe Tentori, Gale Gand, The Hearty Boys and Paul Kahan. A chef is scheduled to prepare a three-course meal for every day of the festival, which will run from July 10 to 14. Rick Bayless, Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" Season 1 winner and the mastermind behind Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and Xoco, will prepare the opening dinner July 10. The following day will feature a dinner by Carrie Nahabedian, chef of Naha and newly opened Brindille.  Giuseppe Tentori of Boka and GT Fish & Oyster prepare a dinner for attendees July 12. Pastry chef Gale Gand teams up with Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh of Hearty (aka The Hearty Boys)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) I support liking brie on your burger, but snooty businessman Arthur Shaw's (Alan Alda) extravagance catches up to him when the FBI snags him for securities fraud. Since the stolen money includes the pensions of all the staff in Arthur's building, a ragtag crew of the tower's employees/residents (Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Michael Pena) recruit an amateur thief (Eddie Murphy) to help swipe $20 million from the crook. If ever there was a victimless crime, this is it. The buzz: Not only does the plot and rhythm of the occasionally funny, mostly lazy “Tower Heist” largely resemble a lobotomized version of 2001's “Ocean's Eleven,” “Heist” is co-written by “Ocean's” scribe Ted Griffin.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
The production company behind "Top Chef" and CBS are launching a new dating docu-series, and it's looking for singles in the Chicago area. Casting producers from Magical Elves will be in Chicago from Feb. 21-27 to meet with potential cast members for the new CBS series. Before you get too excited, read the release from Magical Elves below. If you match the criteria, visit cbsdatingshow.com and follow instructions. If you qualify, CBS and Magical Elves will let you know where to meet with them in Chicago Feb. 21-27.
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