If you haven’t heard by now, the Chicago restaurant scene increased its Michelin rating’s share earlier this week. As Phil Vettel reports, the Windy City jumped from 19 to 25 starred restaurants. While other cities like New York have more than double that (62), Chicago is still in its Michelin infancy, having only been published since 2010.
I Say, ‘Pō-tā-tō’ and You Say, “Rice”
Imagine being at an event in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton on South Michigan Avenue. You and 1,599 other people are having dinner and someone at your table sends back their fabulous potato side dish because they’d rather have rice with their filet.
Considering this starch for starch switch had nothing to do with dietary needs, and everything to do with ill-mannered persnicketiness, one might expect the Hilton staff would have been well within their rights to respectfully decline the request.
Certainly this guest had no consideration for the amount of preparation it takes to feed 1,600 in one sitting, but then again it was the Hilton. Executive Chef, Mario Garcia, had the spuds replaced with rice within fifteen minutes.
According to a recent post on Today.com, 84% of men now participate in the preparation of Thanksgiving dinner and 43% will be involved with making the turkey. Butterball has even added male operators to its holiday hotline staff, now in its 32nd year of operation.
Cooking outdoors is also trending according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), who estimates over 50% of consumers are likely to cook their birds outside this year. (Maybe because so many men are involved these days?) Alternatively, hospitality estimates provide for 14 million Americans dining out on Thanksgiving and 16 million using restaurants to “supplement” their home cooked meals.
For those of you who’d rather dine out than in on Thanksgiving, check the roster at Open Table for special offers and holiday menus – Thanksgiving is two weeks from today – reserve now! You may also want to keep an eye out for restaurants who include “give back” promotions in their offers. Bub City is supporting the No Kid Hungry program this year by donating $40 to the organization for every dinner ordered.