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Donut Fest Declares Firecakes & West Town Bakery Best; New Acadia Menu; More

Plus, EL Ideas' speed dating dinner and Kai Zan's latest in-house pop-up dinner.


WICKER PARK—Nearly a thousand doughnut fans (broken up between morning and afternoon periods) jammed into Chop Shop's 1st Ward Sunday for the second annual Donut Fest. Firecakes took the Judges' Choice with their Tahitian vanilla glazed doughnut, while West Town Bakery's doughssant took fan favorite. [DNAinfo]

SOUTH LOOP—Chef/owner Ryan McCaskey has expanded Acadia's a la carte menu and brought prices back around to be more in line with what they were at the restaurant's opening. You can view the new a la carte menu below. A new tasting menu is expected to be released soon. UPDATE: McCaskey says that "the bar menu will get an overhaul" as well, featuring items such as fried cobia collar, ramen and more. [EaterWire]

DOUGLAS PARK—EL Ideas will host a ten course speed dating dinner with ten male and ten females attendees chosen by a lottery system on February 17. Entitled "Elevated Ideas In Love Connection," the event is aimed at young professional types looking for love. To find out more information about the $150 dinner, call (312) 226-8144. [EaterWire]

HUMBOLDT PARK—UPDATED: Kai Zan's next "pop-up" dinner featuring the restaurant's chef de cuisine Jacob Verstegen will be held this Wednesday. The BYOB dinner featuring a green papaya "XO" salad, "Cuban style" banh mi with house made pig head pate and more (there is also a vegetarian option), costs $15 (cash only) and will run from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. (or until the food runs out). No reservations accepted, only walk-ins. [EaterWire]

EL ideas

2419 West 14th Street, , IL 60608 (312) 226-8144 Visit Website


1639 South Wabash Avenue, , IL 60616 (312) 360-9500 Visit Website

Chop Shop

1366 Memorial Drive Southeast, , GA 30317 (404) 370-1818 Visit Website


2557 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 278-5776 Visit Website