Paul Kahan has been one of the top chefs in Chicago for years now. His dining empire covers a lot of ground from refined (Blackbird) to chic (avec) to indulgent (Publican) to opulent (The Violet Hour) to bare basics (Big Star). But Monday he'll have the chance to reach a new level, and win one of the highest honors in the food world.
Illinois officials hope they can make progress on two different problems by feeding Asian carp to hungry families.The invasive species of fish has been added to the state's "Target Hunger Now!" program, which encourages hunters and fishermen to donate food to the needy.
What should we expect from the Chicago food scene in 2011? Food trucks, butcher shops and seafood, for starters. Justin Kaufmann sat down with me to get a sneak preview of the stories, trends and predictions to watch in the year ahead.