With sister site Eater Chicago due to launch this month, we figured it was the perfect time to focus on Chicago's darling Grant Achatz. In two weeks, you’ll have all the Chicago news you can handle at chicago.eater.com. Until then a regular dose of submissions from our ticket giveaway for Grant Achatz's book party/tasting event at Astor Center on November 6.
In Chicago with a whimsical appetite
I take my dad to Alinea for a tasting night
Grant's got a menu extraordinaire
Without typical midwestern T-bone & potato fare
My dad eyes the first course with suspicion
A tiny bite held by fishing wire in suspension?
I'm going hungry tonight, he claims
While you go broke, he adds with disdain
Ten further courses restore Dad's pluck As he slooowwly savors single bites of spicy plum and.. gelatinous duck! By the time desserts- plural- arrive Dad's being converted by Grant's stealth disguise
For what Grant Achatz aims to do, and succeeds
Is not con the well to-do, with overpriced, measly feeds
But rather convince the foodies and laypeople and in between
The meditative, intellectual beauty that nourishments bring