— Justin Timberlake plus Alinea’s edible balloons equals serious entertainment. The pop superstar dined at the three-Michelin-starred icon in Lincoln Park last night and put on a show at his table while sucking on helium from the balloons, and documented it on Instagram. Check out the video below.
— Emporium Logan Square’s newest popup will be a sorcery-themed bar serving “potions,” its Harry Potter-themed beer “Polyjuice Potion,” and be decorated with oddities and “fantastic beasts,” Time Out Chicago reports. It opens April 6 and $10 tickets are available here.
— Just in time for Easter Sunday, two hotspots are now in the brunch game. Daisies in Logan Square now serves Sunday brunch and dishes include tajarin carbonara, sweet fried pierogi, and scrambled egg bruschetta. And in River North, Boka Group’s GT Prime is now open for Sunday brunch as well and Giuseppe Tentori’s team at the steak hotspot serves steak and eggs, chicken and waffles, suckling pig chilaquiles, and more. Check out the full menu below.
— The lineup is revealed for the third-annual Old Style Pizza Summit, taking place on April 22 at Thalia Hall. Lou Malnati’s, Boiler Room, Home Run Inn and more will serve at the yearly pizza festival, which also include lots of Old Style stuff, live music, and a popup from the US Pizza Museum. Tickets are already sold out, but check out the food lineup on the poster below.
— A Tribune report reveals that sales are down for nearly every Goose Island beer both nationally and in Chicago, and new president Todd Ahsmann’s effort to turn the iconic local brewery’s struggles around.
— In other beer news, hopheads should set their alarms for Saturday at noon if they hope to snag tickets to Three Floyds Brewings’ annual Dark Lord Day.
— And finally, New City revealed its annual Big Heat list, which names the 50 most influential people in Chicago food. Grant Achatz takes the top spot this year, followed by Diana Davila (Mi Tocaya), John and Karen Urie Shields (Smyth and The Loyalist), David and Anna Posey (Elske), and Sarah Grueneberg (Monteverde).