Steve Tomashefsky | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Wicker Park's Ina Mae Tavern is New Orleans in a bottle

"Classic gumbo ya-ya" is made with chicken and sausage, not shrimp and okra. The recipe is old, but I believe the name was bestowed in modern times by Paul Prudhomme or Gerard Maras. The benchmark version is served at Mr. B's in New Orleans.

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Posted by Steve Tomashefsky on 08/09/2018 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Brindille

I had a fine meal at Brindille last night and was perfectly satisfied until the bill came. I had no problem with the pre-tax and tip amount of over $100 per person for our group of 4, since the charges were all spelled out clearly on the menu and the wine list. What was NOT mentioned anywhere was a $1 charge labeled with the name of an anti-hunger organization, simply tacked on as though I had agreed to pay it all along. In addition, it was added to the pretax amount, so the restaurant was actually charging sales tax on the contribution. When I questioned the charge, the server offered to take it off the bill. Of course, that only puts customers in the uncomfortable position of seeming like Scrooges, which can sour the experience of a nice meal..

If the Nahabedians believe they're entitled simply to bill customers for their charities without prior notice or permission, that's truly bush league, even if it's only a dollar. I'm sure they get to aggregate all those dollars and make a contribution in their names (probably with a tax deduction), while the hundreds of anonymous customers pay the cost. I understand that anti-hunger organizations, like most not-for-profits, need all the donations they can get. But a donation is a gift, not a surcharge. Even Walgreens asks first.

Posted by Steve Tomashefsky on 01/15/2015 at 1:10 PM

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