— Chef Bill Kim (BellyQ, Urban Belly) will release his book, Korean BBQ: How to Kung Fu Your Grill in Seven Sauces on April 17. But Ten Speed Press has released the cover art for the book. Feast your eyes on the cover and head over to the usual suspects to preorder a copy.
— There’s more Lost Lake news following last week’s restart of food service. They’ve converted the former Thank You space (the Chinese-American restaurant space that burned down last year) into a bar they’re calling Stranger in Paradise. Not only will it alleviate wait times for the main bar when Lost Lake is busy, but they’ll offer special food and drink menus and host pop-ups. The first pop-up will take place on Friday and Saturday as the 10-city Trash Tiki tour makes its way to Logan Square. The pop-up focuses on bartenders reducing waste, and they’ve prepared some unique drinks using leftover pastries, pineapple skins, and other husks. They’ll make a stop on Sunday at Sportman’s Club at their regular Sunday backyard barbecue series with Lost Lake chef Fred Noinaj. The drinks use Fords gin, ditching traditional tiki rum. Meanwhile, here’s a glimpse inside Stranger in Paradise:
— Hot Doug’s fans have a chance to watch the documentary that focuses on Doug Sohn and his iconic and shuttered Avondale eatery. It will take place tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. at the Davis Theater, the newly-remodeled movie house in Lincoln Square. Get tickets for Hot Doug’s: the Movie here.
— Restaurant operators should take this as a cautionary tale. Last week, the owner of Jimmy Jamm Sweet Potato Cafe and Bakery, 1844 W. 95th St., was reportedly swindled of $500 by a caller who claimed to represent ComEd. The owner told DNAinfo that his electricity bill was past due. “Coincidentally,” a man then called and asked him for his credit card to pay off the bill. The owner did, and then found out that the caller wasn’t with the utility company. There’s an online fundraiser hoping to raise $1,640 for the Beverly bakery. Besides recovering the $500, the money would make window repairs, and cover the cost of the fundraiser.
— Eataly Chicago will host the Identitá Golose pizza and pasta event on Saturday Oct. 7 and Sunday Oct. 8. They’re adding a few wrinkles, including a dine around through Eataly’s food court on Oct. 7, and a few master classes with top names. Beard Award winner Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde and Luciano Monosilio of Pipero in Rome will make pastas. Other names involved include Corrado Scaglione of Enosteria Lipen in Triuggio, Italy, and Fernando Darin of Ray’s & Stark Bar in Los Angeles.