Quick Bites

By Laura Oppenheimer on Oct 18, 2007 3:00PM

Joining Current Conditions in its "new regular feature" designation is Quick Bites, a weekly wrap-up of some of the interesting topics debated and discussed in Chicago's food media.

2007_10_marcus.gifThe Time Out Chicago blog scooped Dish on Marcus Samuelsson news; the Ethiopian-born chef will be opening a new restaurant, C-House, in the Affinia Chicago Hotel in early 2008. Samuelsson is known for his work at New York's Riingo and Aquavit.

If you've been feeling a little too plush with cash recently, head down to Blue Water Grill, where The Stew reports you can drop a cool $100 on a single roll of maki. The roll includes Maine lobster, sea urchin, a Osetra caviar and edible gold leaf. We mostly liked that in the post Phil Vettel referenced spending Benjamins. Good work, Phil!

Movable Feast has instructions for how to make a reservation at El Bulli, if you happen to be heading to Roses, Spain, anytime from April to October if this year.

The Trib announced its annual good eating awards yesterday; winners include Red Light's Jackie Shen, Richard Labriola from Labriola Baking Co., and Chicagoist crush Alpana Singh.

We thought we'd also check in with former Chicagoista Margaret Hicks, as she and her partner in crime, John, attempt to eat every salad available for purchase in the Merchandise Mart. Something we've learned from reading; there are many, many, inedible salads available for your dining pleasure at the Mart. The current leaders for best salad are the Potbelly's chicken and Italian salads.

Lastly, with the end of summer kickball leagues and 90 degree days, also comes the end of the Green Markets in some neighborhoods. Drive-Thru reminds people to get fresh local produce while they still can.

Image via EthiopianRestaurant.com.