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Maple & Ash Nabs Trotter Vet Sommelier; Dolce Italian Adds Breakfast & Lunch; More

Plus, Aaron Martinez's Intro menu; Easter Seals benefit dinner hosted by the Boka guys.

Maple & Ash
Maple & Ash

GOLD COAST—The highly-anticipated Maple & Ash is getting oh-so-closer to opening and today comes news of their latest high-profile hiring—wine director Belinda Chang. Previously at Danny Meyer's The Modern in NYC, Chang is "building a serious wine program" as well as "leading and mentoring a team of four dedicated, full time sommeliers." Chang is returning to Chicago, where she previously worked at Charlie Trotter's, after an eight-year absence. [EaterWire]

RIVER NORTH—A little more than two months after opening for dinner service, Dolce Italian in the Godfrey Hotel has now added daily breakfast (7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.) and lunch (11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.). Read chef Paolo Dorigato's full menus below. [EaterWire]

LINCOLN PARK—Aaron Martinez officially starts his Intro residence tonight, taking over for the departing Erik Anderson. Martinez, who was briefly running Elizabeth, has created a menu (which you can view below) that highlights seasonality and artful plating. He will be at Intro until October 17 when Stephen Gillanders takes over. [EaterWire]

FULTON MARKET—The Boka guys, Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm, are hosting a fancy star-studded charity event at Morgan Manufacturing this coming Wednesday, August 5. Chefs Grant Achatz, Paul Kahan, Stephanie Izard, Graham Elliot, Fabio Viviani, Bill Kim, Giuseppe Tentori, Paul Virant, Chris Pandel, Lee Wolen, Mark Hellyar and Tony Quartaro will be on hand to help raise money for Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago. VIP ticket holders ($250) get to meet and greet the chefs before things kick off for everyone ($150 for just the chef's tasting) at 6:30 p.m. Get your tickets here. [EaterWire]

Dolce italian

127 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 754-0700 Visit Website

Morgan Manufacturing

401 N Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60642 (312) 286-0251 Visit Website

Intro Chicago

2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 868-0002