Mark your calendars for The Publican's James Beard Foundation dinner on October 18. Tickets are already available and going fast. The dinner is a veritable Cavalcade of Paul Kahan Restaurant Stars, with courses contributed by the Publican's Becky Broeske and Brian Huston, Avec's Koren Grieveson, Blackbird's Mike Sheerin, and Kahan himself. Add three wine pairings (Blackbird Vineyards, natch), two beer pairings (one each from Goose Island and Three Floyds), and Fox & Obel bread, and a cocktail hour that pairs pork rinds and champagne, and the $125 price tag (with proceeds going to the James Beard Foundation) starts to look like a steal. (312) 733-9555 for reservations.
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