Graham Elliot tweeted on Saturday that his wife gave birth to their son, Conrad Matthias Bowles. They welcomed the little bundle at 3:11 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21 inches long. We don’t have to look at his paws to say we are pretty sure he’s gonna be a big boy. Just take a look at the proud papa! Mazel Tov!!
Have you even had a chance to recover from Lollapalooza? We haven’t either, but organizers C3 Presents have announced that the three-day music, and now food, festival will take place Aug. 5-7, 2011.
Before we can even start thinking about who will headline and what restaurants will show up in Chow Town, we’d love to hear your feedback on the festival this year. Did you see Gaga? Green Day? Cut Copy? Arcade Fire? Phoenix? Hot Chip? X Japan? Erykah Badu???? And if you took in the offerings at Chow Town, what did you love? Seems that the lobster corn dog and elote from Graham Elliot and Big Star, respectively, were big hits. We loved the Sunda bao bun and tempura roll. What did you like?
And who would you want to see out there next year?
So it’s not enough that Graham Elliot Bowles is being welcomed into America’s living rooms each week on Gordon Ramsay’s new hot amateur chef show Master Chef. Or that he’s about to see his skills as culinary director of Lollapalooza feed thousands of festival goers this weekend with amazing street-food offerings from some of Chicago’s top restaurants. We’d say that launching Grahampagne, an effervescent Kristal Wit Belgian Ale in collaboration with Goose Island head brewer Jared Rouben is pretty damn cool (the beer, styled after Champagne, is available at both Graham Elliot in River North and on tap at Goose Island’s Clybourn brewpub).
You’d think with all of those things going on this week, that’d be enough. Well, you’d be wrong, because all of that other stuff pales in comparison to what went down at GEB’s restaurant Wednesday night. No other than President Barack Obama celebrated his 49th birthday in style with pals Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Valerie Jarrett and others. The street was blocked off to all vehicles and the entire Graham Elliot staff sang happy birthday to the prez before he posed with them for a group shot.
What could possibly happen next for Graham? Have Santa and the Easter Bunny come over for a tea party?
How many cupcake places does Chicago need? (To that end, how many FroYo spots do we need?) Sure, we’ll take all the BBQ joints starting to pop up all over town (let’s be honest, you can never get enough good BBQ), and sure, we like a good cupcake (we had some tasty ones from More tonight at the Lollapalooza Chow Town preview party at Graham Elliot), but does Chicago really need more national stores coming to town? We just read on Feast that Magnolia Bakery, the originator of the massive cupcake trend, has its sights set on the Windy City. We’ve walked by the original location in New York’s West Village and have seen ridiculous lines out the door. Will the hype translate to Chicago?
It’s official: Lollapalooza makes us hungry! It was announced this morning that chef Graham Elliot Bowles has pulled together some of the city’s best spots to offer the music-loving masses a higher-quality street food for on-the-go chowing at this year’s music fest—and we do think we’re giving San Francisco’s Outside Lands a run for best festival food. Last year, Bowles introduced his lobster corn dogs and for 2010 was tapped to fill the role of culinary director for Lollapalooza. And boy does he deliver. Sure, you’ll find some of the favorite eats from years past, but this year’s Chow Town takes things up a notch. How high? Let’s just say big names like Charlie Trotter, Paul Kahan and Bowles himself will deliver tasty treats during the three-day music extravaganza. We’ll be feasting on tacos from Kahan’s Big Star; tasty bits from Trotter’s to Go; burgers from Kuma’s; sausages from Franks ‘n’ Dawgs and more. Want the full list?
A couple of weeks ago, we talked about Outside Lands, the San Francisco music festival taking place in Golden Gate, and its amazing food offerings. We also said we thought that with Graham Elliot Bowles behind Lollapalooza’s new upscale food court, Chow Town, that Chicago would give the Bay Area fest a run for its money. Well, with the news that River North rock ‘n’ roll spot Blue 13 coming on board, we have already started salivating about what else will be announced. And anyone who wants to eat at Blue 13 that weekend (Aug 6-8), don’t bother trying—they’re gonna be closed while serving great grub to the masses down in Grant Park.
And speaking of Graham Elliot, have you taken advantage yet of his $42 DIY prix-fixe dinner on Foodie? What are you waiting for?