—Anthony Bourdain is highlighting Chicago in an upcoming episode of CNN's "Parts Unknown," and the Food Film Fest is screening it on April 27 at Begyle Brewing before it airs on TV and $50 tickets are available now that include tastes of the featured restaurants. The episode features Bourdain's visits to Old Town Ale House, Lao Sze Chuan, Ricobene's, and a home-cooked meal with rapper Lupe Fiasco and his mom.
—You may have heard this before, but both of Chicago's first Culver's are delayed again. The Tribune reports that both the forthcoming Wrigleyville and Portage Park locations of the Wisconsin-based butterburger fast-food chain are now slated to open sometime in 2017.
—Chef Carrie Nahabedian's flagship restaurant Naha is bringing back its popular lunch service on April 12.
—Iliana Regan has a second date for her hit Nashville hot chicken popup on March 29 at WunderPOP above Bunny The Micro Bakery. The event is walk-in-only, BYO, fast-casual and from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m. Check out all of her popups here.
—Speaking of popups, Maria's Community Bar's forthcoming Kimski is holding a preview popup and collaboration with Fat Rice on April 4. The event is sold out, but you can comment on the Facebook post for a chance to be on the waitlist. Even if you can't get a seat, the event post also has a menu that will give you an idea of what the restaurant will serve when it opens to the public very soon.
—No, venerable Wicker Park dive Gold Star Bar isn't turning into a sports bar. The popup event, beginning April 1, is a spoof staged by a local artist, which DNAinfo reported.