I was reading today the Morsels from Chicago Magazine. What stood out was the private restaurant Foreplay (see below).
I occasionally go out east, so I follow the Pennsylvania page to get ideas for future trips. There is a private restaurant frequently mentioned call the Studiokithen. The frequency of people raving about their meal seems to get under some people's skins. It's implied they use the board to help promote the restaurant. Additionally, the Chef seems to have a gradiose ego. On one occasion, I found a shoot out between the Chef and the Chow moderators on the site board. The conclusion was the chef promised never to post again ... a promise he didn't keep. All this drama, keeps me looking out for the Studiokitchen crowd.
I would be very interested to know what experience anyone may have at Foreplay. If it is favorable and worth the charge of $65(!), then perhaps it could be the extraordinary chowevent. If it has any of the personality of StudioKitchen, then food and drama would make for an interesting mix.
Just a thought!
Foreplay (5551 W. Thomas St.; 773-486-5276), the brainchild of its chef Ivan Petkov, is a new private restaurant that hosts dinner parties for 8 to 24 diners. For $65 a person, Petkov, who received most of his training in Argentina and Brazil, cooks an interactive five-course gourmet meal in a sleek kitchen that doubles as a dining room. One romantic fellow invited a few special friends on the pretext of throwing a holiday party, and it was a party all right: He proposed to his girlfriend on the spot. Bubbly for everyone: Champagne is included in the price of dinner.