— The Alinea Group’s Roister has already done many firsts for the group known for fine-dining trailblazers, including serving lunch, brunch, and opening an outdoor patio. Starting today it accomplishes another when it starts offering its dinner menu for delivery via Caviar, Uber Eats, and its website. That means chef Andrew Brochu’s acclaimed dishes, including the whole chicken with chamomile (pictured above), can be delivered to your home or office.
— Former Ada Street executive chef Scott Sax is now the sous chef at Eater 38 restaurant Mott Street, as the restaurant’s previous sous Bridget Close has been promoted to chef de cuisine. Sax left Ada Street in December after just five months helming the kitchen at DMK’s Elston Avenue stalwart.
— Monteverde’s Sarah Grueneberg will host a new cooking show on WTTW that features prominent local chefs filmed in front of a live audience. “Dishalicious,” the brainchild of “Check, Please!” executive producer David Manilow, has already filmed two episodes: Italian with Tony Mantuano, Giuseppe Tentori and Leigh Omilinsky; and Mexican with Rick Bayless, Diana Davila and Alfonso Sotelo. The last of the three initial shows, filming on February 9, is Asian with Beverly Kim, Bill Kim, and David Park. The episodes will air in April and the reception those get will help determine whether the show will continue. The Tribune has much more, including that “the idea...is very much to make it a national show, one that could fly in chefs from all over to take part but will be rooted in Chicago and its culinary culture.” Stay tuned.
— A local chef sadly died in a massive car crash at Congress Parkway and Wells Street in the Loop on Saturday afternoon. Darius Sconiers, 35, had worked at Lawry’s The Prime Rib, McCormick and Schmick’s, and Formento’s, and had recently been working as a private chef for some members of the Chicago Bulls.
— And finally, Chicago magazine breaks down the math on all (more than 300) Chicago Restaurant Week deals to illuminate which are good value and which diners will actually lose money on, and lays them all out in a handy spreadsheet. Surprisingly to some, many deals are actually not bargains at all and customers would get a better value when it’s not Restaurant Week, and others are the good deals that diners expect. Restaurant Week began on January 26 and ends on February 8. Here are some other recommendations in a handy map.