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Monica Eng does Taste of Chicago so you don’t have to. (The Stew)

Reader contributor David Hammond offers alternatives to the Taste on WLS. (LTH Forum)

Michael Nagrant interviews Ambria chef Gabino Sotelino on the occasion of the closing of the 27-year-old French restaurant that made his career and kick-started Lettuce Entertain You’s ventures into fine dining. (Hungry)

Pick all you want, but don’t forget to wash those berries! (Sun-Times)

Just how hot is Top Chef’s lone Chicagoan, Dale Levitski? (Television Without Pity)

And, lastly, anybody seen Ratatouille yet?