People are always on the move in the restaurant business, and I've known plenty of chefs on the way up. But there's something different about the moves made by a cook named Scott Malloy, who currently works at Momotaro's izakaya. A Tennessee native, Malloy didn't have Japanese food till he was nearly an adult, but he's made up for lost time by being obsessive about it ever since. That's been reflected in a career driven less by where he could boost his salary and title, and more by where he could learn the next thing about the cuisine he loves. Next year he plans to take his first trip to Japan, with his wife Becky, office manager at Grace, and the couple is working on eventually living there for a time. The ultimate goal is, yes, his own restaurant, but for now he's more determined to learn everything he can from others than to run the show himself. I met him at Star Lounge (hence the coffee beans in the background) to learn more about how he's driven his career to satisfy his obsession with Japanese cuisine—and what he plans to do with it someday.
"Is there anybody in your state who isn't guilty of something?"
The answer is no. Guilt is as widely distributed in Illinois as it is in any other of the world's warrens of humanity. If Illinois is exceptional it's in its unwillingness to pretend otherwise and success in keeping sins of omission to a minimum. When a public dignitary in our fine state walks around feeling guilty, it's not hard to put your finger on why.
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As part of my ongoing effort to be more appreciative of every little good thing—no matter how little it may be—let me take this opportunity to congratulate the school board for postponing a decision on Noble's latest charter high school application.
I realize it sounds odd to get excited about a what's basically a moment of school board indecision.
Especially when saying no to charters should qualify as a no-brainer for a system that's so broke it can barely afford janitorial service.
So why would you be so dumb to create new schools when you can't afford the ones you already have?!
A former street dealer, an FBI agent, and several police officers testified in federal court last year that they'd learned Jason Austin murdered two people in 2008 to protect his west-side drug operation, which sold more than ten kilos of heroin and reaped thousands of dollars a day.
By the end of the sentencing hearing, federal judge Joan Lefkow—known as one of the fairest jurists in the northern Illinois district—said she had little choice but to give Austin a 35-year prison term. "Your drug trafficking has been a scourge on your community," she said. "You destroyed two innocent lives."
Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place. Older strips are archived here.
Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.
When Andy Rivera of the Publican challenged Trenchermen's Rachel Rodeghiero to create a cocktail with pork stock, she didn't want to just use the liquid in a drink. Instead, she and pastry chef Sierra Smith made pork ice cream. Using a quart of pork stock didn't impart quite enough piggy flavor, so they tried another batch with the addition of pork jus.