Celebrity chef Stephanie Izard’s and craft-beer consultant Gary Valentine’s worlds first collided in the summer of 2010. Izard — the executive chef and owner of West Loop hot spots Girl & the Goat and Little Goat — stopped into Lillie’s Q in pursuit of good barbecue, where Valentine happened to be consulting. The two immediately hit it off as friends, and a year later, began dating. In 2012, Valentine popped the question in true Chicago fashion: He got down on one knee next to Buckingham Fountain.
Goose Island carved the path, Half Acre and Revolution Brewery paved the way, and in the last couple of years, our city’s craft brewing scene has exploded, with dozens of microbreweries — think 5 Rabbit, Pipeworks, OffColor, Argus, Lake Bluff Brewery and New Chicago Brewery — setting up shop, making Chicago a bona fide craft beer destination.
Dear Jenny, My husband and I live close to our families and see them regularly. Recently, I had a baby and my mother-in-law has been very pushy and controlling since he arrived. He is our first child and she’s making me feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. I understand she has experience, but it’s getting intrusive. How can I get her to back off? — Sara from KY
Revelers rolled the dice Oct. 12 in support of the Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation’s ninth annual Casino Night. More than 300 guests showed up to the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) and played blackjack, roulette and craps to win chips redeemable for prizes, including a trip to Las Vegas and Chicago sports memorabilia.
Bill Zwecker takes a look at the hot events around town including Josh Groban, Fountains of Wayne and Soul Asylum, Margaret Cho, the Chicago Fine Chocolate and Dessert Show and To Master the Art. Plus, Bill learns to cook Beef Bourguignon at the Chopping Block!