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Ferran Adria Book Signing on March 15; avec's 'Friends' Brunch Series; More

LINCOLN PARK/RIVER NORTH—Look out Chicago, legendary Spanish chef Ferran Adria will soon be here to promote the release of his seven-volume elBulli catalog, elBulli 2005-2011 (which arrives March 3). Adria will be in town on Saturday, March 15, starting his day at 8:30 a.m. at the International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference. From there he will head to Balena at 11:30 a.m. for a luxe VIP reception, followed by a more modest lecture and signing at 12:30 p.m. Adria will also appear at Eataly Chicago at 3:00 p.m. on March 14 for a public (i.e. free) book signing. [~EN~]

WEST LOOP—Avec will be inviting guest chefs and beverage pros to take over different aspects of their Sunday brunch starting with CH Distillery's food and beverage director Krissy Schutte and chef JP Doiron on March 9. Other upcoming guests include smalls. Smoke Shack & More chef Joaquin Soler (April 27) and Big Star's Cary Taylor (May 18). [EaterWire]

PILSEN—Dusek's Board & Beer's February 25 "Flight Night," a weekly event, will find chef Jared Wentworth pairing three of Brooklyn Brewery's reserve beers with food for $15. Brooklyn Brewery will also debut their latest offering, Hammarby's Syndrome, at the event. [EaterWire]

GOLD COAST—Lady Gaga and her beau Taylor Kinney popped into Café Spiaggia for their Valentine's Day dinner this past Friday. Gaga has been known to visit Spiaggia often in the past and has been spending more time in Chicago since Kinney films his NBC show Chicago Fire here. [Chicago Tribune]
[Photo: Ferran Adria - The Guardian / Balena - Jason Little]


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