WBEZ | lifestyle http://www.wbez.org/tags/lifestyle Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Where was Alpana Singh at 25? http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-alpana-singh-25-105949 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/25sing.jpg" title="" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F82210526&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>2013 has already been a big year for Alpana Singh.&nbsp;</p><p>After a ten-year run as host of WTTW&#39;s restaurant review show <a href="http://checkplease.wttw.com/">Check, Please!</a>, Singh announced she would be <a href="http://interactive.wttw.com/about/pressroom/2013/01/23/alpana-singh-step-down-check-please-host-after-10-seasons">stepping </a>down to focus on other food and wine endeavors.</p><p>Singh is now master sommelier and proprietor of <a href="http://boardinghousechicago.com/dine/">The Boarding House</a>, a wine bar and restaurant in River North.</p><p>The Chicago Tribune recently gave it a <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/food/ct-dining-0307-vettel-boarding-house-20130307,0,3851586.column">two-star review</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>But before all that, she was a 25 year old, still fairly new to Chicago, working as a sommelier&nbsp;at the high-end restaurant Everest.&nbsp;</p><p>But 25 wasn&#39;t the easiest year for her, and it certainly wasn&#39;t her favorite.</p><p>When she wasn&#39;t serving wine at Everest, she was cramming for the master sommelier exam. And as she told WBEZ producer Lauren Chooljian, that was quite a task.</p><p>Lauren recently sat down with Alpana outside the loud, lively kitchen of The Boarding House.</p></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 09:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-alpana-singh-25-105949