• Lots of news from Element Collective, the group behind Nellcote and Old Town Social; their chicken sandwich joint, Leghorn, which was announced back in the heat of Chick-Fil-A protests, finally has a location, after giving up on one in Logan Square because “there’s enough fried chicken in Logan Square right now,” according to Chicagoist. Meanwhile, they also announced a new project: Kinmont, a 100 percent sustainable seafood restaurant in the old Zealous space in the backwoods of River North.

• The nomination process for the Jean Banchet Awards, the top local restaurant and chef awards, is now open through Monday. Go here to see the past winners and make your nominations.

• The big foodster social event this weekend is the Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball, celebrating its 25th anniversary this Saturday night. Some 70 chefs and 13 mixologists will be dishing up and mixing for the two events, a $350 VIP Chef’s Table (“an interactive seated dining experience”) and a $150 Chef’s Tasting Party. The former is almost sold out, so you have to call 773-661-4550, ext. 9; you can find out more about it all and get tickets for the latter here.

• After the Chef Ball, two of the visiting chefs, Jason French from Ned Ludd in Portland and pastry chef Kyle McKinney from Barley Swine in Austin will join West Town’s Two for a guest-chef dinner on Sunday night. The a la carte menu will include cocktails and draft beers at half price, with a portion of the proceeds going to Meals on Wheels Chicago. Call 312-624-8363 for reservations.

• Also Sunday night, the Bristol will hold a cocktail reception followed by dinner with chef Matthew Accarrino of San Francisco’s Michelin-starred SPQR, honoring Accarrino and sommelier Shelley Lindgren’s new book, Modern Italian Food and Wine. It’s $135 and includes a copy of the book, with pairings for $30; call 773-862-5555.

Growing Power will hold an open house and the groundbreaking for its new Kickstarter-backed Honore St. Hoophouse from 1 to 4 PM Saturday with “tours, snacks, workshops for kids.” It’s at 5814 S. Wood.

• Chicago food-literary magazine Graze will have a release party for its latest issue at the Burlington in Logan Square Saturday starting at 8 PM; ten bucks gets you the issue, music by whysowhite and Divino Niño, and more. Go here for tickets.

• I was going to list the Danny Macaroons event tonight for his cookbook The Macaroon Bible at J.P. Graziano, but the word now is that it’s at capacity. So just read this part: they sell Danny Macaroons at J.P. Graziano. Also, he has a cookbook out.

Sloopin reports that the South Loop’s Panozzo’s Italian Market, which I wrote about here, may be closed for good. (It’s closed, the “for good” part is up in the air.) It looks like Panozzo’s has been unable to make the leap from upscale grocer to sit-down deli/restaurant successfully in its neighborhood. There’s more speculation, informed and not, at LTHForum, suggesting that the neighborhood may not have been supportive of handcrafted artisanal foods charging more than Subway, an attitude you never see anywhere else, like the comments section on this piece.

• Thing to listen to: Monica Eng and Louisa Chu officially launched their WBEZ food podcast Chewing the Fat yesterday. (They’re stressing listening to it here, but you can find it on iTunes too.) Especially if you’re familiar with Eng’s reporting on slaughter and other issues, it’s well worth hearing both of them talk directly and spontaneously on these topics.