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The Second Alinea Book Is in the Works

Plus, Elite Traveler named Alinea the world’s best restaurant again and more intel

A muted, carpeted dining room.
Alinea after its renovation
Matthew Gilson

— Swanky private jet lifestyle magazine Elite Traveler has once again given Alinea its largest accolade. Its readers voted Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas’ flagship the world’s best restaurant for the fifth time — it came in second last year after reopening from its renovation. And Grant Achatz, in a short interview with the magazine, revealed that the Alinea crew will start working on a second Alinea book, 10 years after the original made waves. An Aviary cookbook is also coming soon. Stay tuned for more details on both.

— A suburban Japanese restaurant is being sued by a diner who alleges that steam from cooking seafood caused her seafood-allergic husband to die, Cook County Record reports. The incident allegedly took place at Hamada of Japan in Tinley Park.

— Nashville officially has a Sunda, as a location of Billy Dec and Rockit Ranch’s Asian restaurant opened Monday in Music City. Take a look around, courtesy of Eater Nashville.

— The Gene Siskel Film Center will screen the documentary “Ramen Heads” this Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday, and tickets are available here.

— And finally, Robb Report appears to have cracked the case of the identity of the mysterious “Mike from Seattle” who left a $2000 tip at Boka, reporting that “it appears that “Mike from Seattle” is Michael Cockrill, the former Chief Information Officer for the state of Washington, and now the Chief Technology Officer at the Altius Institute for Biomedical Science.”


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