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What's Under That La Pasadita Paint; Battle of the Dishes at 312 Chicago

UKRAINIAN VILLAGE—Now that the original La Pasadita location is shuttered and the paint is removed, the history of the prior tenant has been revealed. Turns out it was a location of Snappy Service, a fast food precursor to White Castle in the early-to-mid 20th Century. [Grub Street via Forgotten Chicago]

LOOP—At 312 Chicago, they're giving diners a direct say on what goes on their menu during a one-off event. It's called "Battle of the Dishes," a four-course dinner where attendees vote on two dishes in each course, with the winners finding a permanent home. It's March 26 and costs $60 without wine pairings, $85 with. [EaterWire]

EVERYWHERE—If you fancy a trip to the James Beard Awards in May, Acqua Panna is giving one person that chance. Like the Facebook page, follow the instructions, and see in person if Spiaggia wins the best restaurant award that's coincidentally named after Acqua Panna. [EaterWire]

LAKEVIEW—There's a few seats left for the spring lamb cooking class at Socca on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They'll cook roasted and stuffed leg of lamb, lamb bolognese with gluten-free lamb gnocchi, and a surprise seasonal dessert. It comes with cocktail or wine pairings for $35. [EaterWire]

La Pasadita

1141 N. Ashland, Chicago, IL