WBEZ | Jerry Kleiner http://www.wbez.org/tags/jerry-kleiner Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en So Bud bought Goose Island. Look on the bright side, we might see some hilarious Goose Island commercials! http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-29/so-bud-bought-goose-island-look-bright-side-we-might-see-some-hilari <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-March/2011-03-29/SpudsMcKenzie1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="410" width="313" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-29/SpudsMcKenzie1.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Top story</strong>: All hell is breaking loose because <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/anheuser-busch/anheuser-busch-buys-goose-island-beer-company-84359">Spuds McKenzie bought Goose Island</a>? Relax everyone. It's going to be fine.&nbsp; I, for one, can't wait for the hilarious Goose Island commercials with young drinkers doing whatever it takes to get a 312 or a Honkers Ale. Honkers Ale? I'm sure the fine people at Leo Burnett are already working up a line of ads that give us &quot;Honker Man,&quot; who despite his big nose and geeky persona, scores with the ladies because of beer. Gold! Man, I&nbsp;should work in advertising...</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: So <a href="http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2011/03/28/red-light-shutters-jerry-kleiner-spending-more-time-in-la-is-this-the-end-of-kdk.php">Jerry Kleiner is just folding up shop and moving on</a>? How will we live without his colorfully striped rayon shirts?&nbsp;</p><p>The restaurant magnet that helmed KDK&nbsp;group for years and brought high-concept dining to the forefront in&nbsp;Chicago has run into tax problems. Giocco in the South Loop closed last week because they weren't paying select taxes. And then&nbsp;Red Light in the West Loop was closed for operating without a liquor license, which was not renewed. Throw in the closing of Marche in the fall and KDK&nbsp;is in a free fall. Kleiner is interesting because he made fine dining hot without star chefs. Today, he has to compete with the Izards and the Achatz of the world. It's a sad ending to a very instrumental time in Chicago's culinary scene. It seems to be kind of a chaotic mess, but I guess that's how restaurants do it: Burn bright and flame out. They rarely tell you they are closing, or do a liquidation sale for two months like Borders.</p><p>But here's the thing, Jerry: Haven't you learned <em>anything</em> about running a business in&nbsp;Illinois? When you don't want to pay taxes, don't close up shop. Just threaten to leave the state. In other words, pull a &quot;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/28/illinois-ceo-warns-he-may_n_841360.html">Caterpillar</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>C story:</strong><a href="http://www.bettergov.org/red-light_cameras_ticket_cta_bus_drivers_but_taxpayers_charged/"> The Better Government Association and Fox Chicago did an investigation into CTA buses and red light camera tickets</a>. It turns out that a tremendous amount of those tickets are slapped on cars and buses with M&nbsp;plates, not to mention CTA&nbsp;buses. But do the CTA&nbsp;bus drivers pay? Nope, CTA&nbsp;does - $227,000 since 2006. That means it gets passed on to taxpayers and riders in the forms of more federal/state funding and fare hikes. So the next time you want that bus to get through that yellow light so you can get home faster, remember it will probably cost you about $4&nbsp; - maybe even more if the bus isn't packed.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Still unseasonably cold. Although my iPhone tells me we might hit the 50s by Sunday.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: Okay fine, you got us, Blackhawks. We'll start paying attention now. The Blackhawks were on the verge of playing golf this April. They lost some key games down the stretch and were watching from the bottom of the playoff brackets. Last night, they gave Chicago a taste why they won the Stanley Cup <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-0329-blackhawks-red-wings-chic20110328,0,122662.story">with a 3-2 OT&nbsp;win over the Red Wings in Detroit</a>. Will this be the game that wakes up the Hawks? Come on Hawks, we need a playoff run! We want mass hysteria in the West Loop for both the Hawks <em>and</em> the Bulls. For a while there, it looked like we might get it - but the Hawks need to hold up their end of the bargain. So let's put our rally caps on and hope the Hawks pull a UCONN&nbsp;and win 9 or so in a row. Think of the local economy, fellas.&nbsp; A good strong surge? And those t-shirt/hat shops on Michigan Avenue (just south of Wacker) can stay in business.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Kicker</strong>: Mission Amy KR never ceases to amaze me. Another great mission last week, where Amy Krouse Rosenthal asked her readers to send in pictures to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-03-28/mission-66-send-save-suggest-84383">show solidarity and support for the Japanese people</a>. You did. And she put together this great slideshow:</p><p><iframe height="311" frameborder="0" width="500" allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/p_r4HSuTUwE" title="YouTube video player"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-29/so-bud-bought-goose-island-look-bright-side-we-might-see-some-hilari Friday Film Feast http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-film-feast <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/dolinsky/2010/03/friday-film-feast/19038 /img_3154" rel="attachment wp-att-19039"><img height="461" width="346" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//IMG_3154.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-19039" /></a><code><br /></code><em>Chowing Down at the Gold Class Cinemas in Bolingbrook (photo by Steve Dolinsky)</em></p><p>I don't know about you, but I've just about had it with the damn movie time schedules. Let's say I want to go check out the new Matt Damon film. There are showtimes at 5 p.m. (too early), 7:30 p.m. (impossible to eat beforehand unless I'm 70, and don't want to eat dinner at 10 p.m.) or 10 p.m. (I'll fall asleep before the credits). Of course those times are only suggested start times, because we all know there are now 15 minutes of commercials, promotions and previews before the flick even starts. What's a hungry film fan supposed to do? </p><p>Apparently, the next wave in movie entertainment is to include the food with the flick. At several locations in the suburbs, and at least one in the city, movie houses have also become restaurants. In Bolingbrook, the Singapore Airlines of theater-dining experiences has opened at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.goldclasscinemas.com/Theaters/The-Promenade-at-Bolingbrook.htm">Gold Class Cinemas</a>, in the Promenade Shopping Center. Just like their location in South Barrington, you check in, hang out at the bar, maybe grab a cocktail, and then find your reserved seat in a theater that has maybe a total of 40 cushioned recliners. Press a button and a server comes out to take your order. Put your purse (or man bag) into the side armrest, just like they do in first class. Order a mojito, then peruse the menu created by Levy Restaurants, full of bite-sized finger foods such as chinois chicken salad spring rolls or chocolate-coated caramel corn. </p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/dolinsky/2010/03/friday-film-feast/19038 /img_3159" rel="attachment wp-att-19040"><img height="302" width="403" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//IMG_3159.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-19040" /></a><br /><em>Pre-movie nibbles from the ICON Theater in the South Loop (photo by Steve Dolinsky)</em></p><p><code> </code> In the city, the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kerasotes.com/Showtimes.aspx?OptionTheater=Go&amp;TheaterSearch=8146">ICON Theater</a> (a division of Kerasotes) has brought Jerry Kleiner in to consult on the design and the menu at their new complex in the South Loop (free parking, woo hoo!) The menu leans to pizza margherita and beef tenderloin sliders with escargot butter, but I would have been just as happy with the large platter of fruit, cheese and cured meats. It's light years away from the hot dogs and nachos you're typically forced to eat in these kinds of surroundings, and while there is a slight upcharge, it's well worth saving the time and hassle of running somewhere to gobble down your food and rush to the theater in time for that pesky 7:15 p.m. (I mean 7:30 p.m.) start time. I'll be showing some video of both places on the 11 a.m. news today, which you can always <a target="_blank" href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/channel?section=resources/lifestyle_community/food/restaurants&amp;id=7098198">watch here</a> after the story runs.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/dolinsky/2010/03/friday-film-feast/19038 /img_3172" rel="attachment wp-att-19071"><img height="403" width="302" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//IMG_3172.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-19071 " /></a><br /><em>Assorted desserts from C-House (photo by Steve Dolinsky)</em></p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/channel?section=resources/lifestyle_community/food/restaurants&amp;id=7098198">Tonight at 10 p.m</a>. I'm tackling the dessert menu at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.c-houserestaurant.com/">C-House</a>, inside the Affinia Hotel in Streeterville. The restaurant has been on a lot of foodie's radars because of the connection with New York's Marcus Samuelsson. But I think Pastry Chef <a target="_blank" href="http://www.starchefs.com/cook/content/pastry-chef-toni-roberts-c-house-chicago-il">Toni Roberts</a> is also someone worth watching. At just 25, she cooks with confidence, offering five distinctive sections to her menu: plated desserts, ice creams/sorbets, hot chocolates, cheeses and candies. This last section (some of which are pictured, above) is where Roberts really gets to show her stuff: molasses cookie sandwiches, chocolate banana truffles, fudgey brownies and pistachio brittle are just a few of the tasty creations. You can opt for samplers of 3, 5 or even 12 different tiny bites. I think if you bring a crowd, this would be the sweetest way to please everyone at the table.</p></p> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 07:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-film-feast