The recent news of Charlie Trotter’s mid-life career change confirms once again (if such verification is needed) how wild Chicago is about its top chefs. Many local cooks besides Trotter have been bonafide celebrities for some time – and a few are even considered to have wandered into full-on diva-tude! Mixologists too – if you craft cocktails in this town you get all kinds of respect, not to mention help honing your mad skills. But where’s the love for those who toil beyond the grill and the bar - for the legion of waiters and waitresses whose labor underpins our area’s restaurant economy? I’ve been there – I faced my share of singed fingertips, tired dogs and feisty customers while serving my way through college. Local food and drink slingers may not be as high profile - though some have made a bit of a splash. But waitressing has won its share of cultural tributes, from songs to movies, including the cool local film above about a waitress at the former Marina City Towers restaurant. To tip your own hat – or wallet – at these folks, head out to Kendall College to hear about an early 20th century debate over the practice of tipping. That’s just one of my weekend recommendations – the rest of the list is below.
Friday to Sunday
555 Dundee Rd Northbrook, IL
740 East 56th Place
Hyde Park Union Church 5600 South Woodlawn Ave
Hear audio from Burning Bowl 2011 here
164 North State Street
1035 N Western Ave
2135 N Milwaukee Ave
2319 W Belmont Ave
Click here to subscribe to the Weekender podcast.