—After helming three initial dinner popups in his Chicago return earlier this month at Jam, star chef Ryan Poli has another month's worth on the books. Running Nov. 4 through Dec. 5, the 20-seat dinners cost $75-90 per person, plus beverage and gratuity. Details and tickets are here.
—The second annual Mac & Cheese Fest came and went this past Saturday at UIC Forum, and AMK Kitchen & Bar and Auntie Vee's came away with the top awards for best mac and cheese—the "Golden Noodle"—at the day and night sessions, respectively.
—Acclaimed Macanese restaurant Fat Rice is planning a temporary outpost in Charleston, S.C. in the same in-development food hall as the relocated Bad Wolf Coffee. In other Fat Rice news, their bar expansion is now slated to open in December.
—Mayor Rahm Emanuel is still trying to void the lease of prominent Millennium Park restaurant Park Grill, filing an appeal on Friday to the late September decision that the restaurant can stay in business, the Sun-Times reports.
—A 22-year-old man was charged for allegedly smashing another man in the face with a mason jar at Old Crow Smokehouse in Wrigleyville on Sept. 20, the Tribune reports. The victim has 33 stitches and nerve damage.