— It took 20 years, but Paul Kahan finally put out a cookbook, as Cheers to the Publican is now on sale via Amazon and other retailers. The book, which is co-written with Cosmo Goss and Rachel Holtzman, is much more than recipes from the superstar empire-building chef/restaurateur’s landmark Fulton Market restaurant — it delves deep into the stories behind the food and the chefs, farms, and other influences that helped make that food what it is today. Kahan also appeared on ABC’s “The Chew” yesterday to promote the book and cook his Publican chicken with chicory salad for Mario Batali’s and Michael Symon’s birthdays. Check out a clip here and the recipe here.
— Tiki wonderland Lost Lake got another major accolade today. The World’s 50 Best Bars, the list put out by the same people behind the polarizing-yet-influential The World’s 50 Best restaurants list, announced its 51-100 best bars today in advance of the top 50 reveal on Oct. 5. Lost Lake is number 65. The Aviary was the only Chicago spot to land in the bar top 50 last year, at number 39.
— Arclight Cinemas is taking a unique step to up its drinks game — bringing in acclaimed drink-makers for a monthly cocktail series themed on a specific movie screened at its Lincoln Park theater in New City. Curated by the Dogma Group, the events kick off today with Harrison Ginsberg of The Dead Rabbit and the movie “Sin City” and continue Oct. 18, Nov. 15, and Dec. 6. Each event includes three cocktails, free popcorn, and the movie at 7 p.m.
— A new restaurant could finally be coming to the long-dormant and prominent Natalino’s space at 1523 W. Chicago Ave. in West Town, as DNAinfo reports that new ownership purchased the building for a cool $3.45 million and plan to put a prominent restaurant in the ground floor and apartments above. One of the owners told the publication that "some well-known Chicago restaurant groups" are interested, so stay tuned.
— And finally, head to Antique Taco Wicker Park tonight for some free ice cream. Ownership is holding its annual end of summer customer appreciation event from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., which will also include live music and arts and crafts. All ages are welcome at the free event.