With sister site Eater Chicago due to launch this month, we figured it was the perfect time to focus on Chicago's darling Grant Achatz. In two weeks, you’ll have all the Chicago news you can handle at chicago.eater.com. Until then a regular dose of submissions from our ticket giveaway for Grant Achatz's book party/tasting event at Astor Center on November 6.
Achatz of Alinea, in New York
As trendy as Chang, but uses much less pork.
Cooks more than fish, so he's not Ripert,
And while Wiley's close, it's Achatz that's pere
Adria's probably the most like him
But Adria's in Spain, and Achatz is here
True, he might not be the star Batali is
Filming in Europe with hotties of the movie biz
But at Babbo you won't get a Black Truffle Explosion
or Hot Potato / Cold Potato, or some beef slathered in iced, remelted,
wasabi hand lotion
No, you'll only get things like that at Alinea
A weird and wonderful and mad eating cornocopia
of things that taste great but aren't obviously foodly
So what? People once said the same things about pizza, and confit, and
The important thing is that I get to go visit
So, Eater, please. You've got to give me a ticket!