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The Friday Buffet

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Aug 10, 2007 4:38PM

2007_08_10_buffet.jpgThe dog days of August are here. And we've got some ways to beat the humidity or, even better, give it a big ol' raspberry. We've also got some food news for you. Let's get started.

- From Crain's, Jon Young and Helene Albert, the folks behind Kitsch'n and Volo have a new gastropub opening later this month. The two-story Paramount Room at 415 N. Milwaukee in River West will center on pairing upscale pub fare with better beers (right in our wheelhouse). Overseeing the kitchen at Paramount Room will be Volo chef Stephen Dunne. If all goes well, Paramount Room should be open by late august for dinner, with lunch added next month.

- Bridgeport residents lose a grocery shopping option with the September 6 closing of a Jewel Food store at 3033 S. Halsted, mere steps from our home. The decision to close, according to this Sun-Times article, is "guided by what is best for the company's ongoing success and future growth." Supervalu, Jewel's parent company, plans on selling the property, so let the speculation on what's going up in its place begin.

- Just Grapes is hosting a seminar on the wines of Burgundy this evening with Ron Balter. Balter is the Managing Director for Connoisseur Wines and former Wine Director for Italian Village Restaurants. Cost is $75.

- Kristine Subido's Wave Restaurant just added brunch on the weekends. From the menu we've seen (listed here in Adobe PDF) it's worth checking out.

- Wine Compliments in far Northwest Side Edison park is having a tasting of Elvis Presley Wines tomorrow. It makes sense; this is the thirtieth anniversary of the King's death, although we wonder just how much of a demand there is for wine sponsored by a man who was known more in life for his cravings for Fool's Gold Loaf. Anyway, the tasting runs from 2-8 p.m., and it's free.

Photo from Tod Browning's "Freaks" on DVD, courtesy of the author's collection.