—A magazine run by the one and only Stephanie Izard appears to be in the works. Crain’s first noticed the Goat Queen’s hiring ads for a "new travel, food and lifestyle magazine." No one associated with Izard has confirmed the mag or released more details, so stay tuned for updates on what could be the Midwest Gwyneth Paltrow’s first publication.
—Eaters on Randolph Restaurant Row have a new Chinese lunch option. Won Fun Chinese, the new two-floor red-light Szechuan hotspot from Austin Baker next to J.P. Graziano’s, started weekday daytime service yesterday. Many of the restaurant’s dinner dishes and cocktails, such as kung pao chicken and foie gras fried rice, are on the menu, which you can read in full below. Lunch is available Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning at 11:30 a.m.
—In media news: RedEye will become a weekly print publication next month. The Tribune’s now-daily free newspaper geared towards young professionals will put out paper issues only on Thursdays beginning Feb. 3 and its first weekly issue will debut on Feb. 9, which will focus on food and entertainment content. While layoffs will reportedly happen, it remains to be seen if its overall food and drink content will be affected.
Big changes coming to RedEye. Our focus is going to be your weekend. pic.twitter.com/j5nHgmG1o6— RedEye (@redeyechicago) January 10, 2017
—A Logan Square breakfast and bakery essential is getting into the dinner game. Cellar Door Provisions is starting weekend dinner service on Feb. 10, ownership announced on Facebook and released reservations. The Tribune reports that it will serve a set menu featuring two to three courses, snacks and dessert for $38 to $48.
—Meanwhile in nightclub civil rights news: a transgender person allegedly was denied entry to Prysm in late December, the club at 1543 N. Kingsbury Ave. near North and Clybourn, DNAinfo reports. Prysm put out a statement yesterday: "PRYSM has always welcomed members of the LGBTQ community, including non-binary gender identified patrons. We're looking into the current situation and take inclusivity seriously, and are dedicated to maintaining a safe and inclusive space. To ensure this and be proactive, we're currently hiring a community educator to be certain our entire staff is properly educated."
—And finally, you can watch a gaggle of Chicago’s best chefs display their skills with a paddle rather than a knife on Jan. 23. That’s when SPiN Chicago (344 N. State St.) is hosting a chef paddle battle, where Jason Vincent, Michael Kornick, Andrew Zimmerman, and many more will compete at ping pong for charity. Tickets cost just $10 and are available here.