• Joe Rawley, WGNO/ABC26

I was on vacation for a few weeks, so I was spared missed the annual apocalyptic binge we call Taste of Chicago. But for some reason NOLA reporter Joe Rawley was there, and took this snapshot at one of the booths.

The notion that all seafood from Gulf waters has been irreparably tainted by British Petroleum is an incredibly touchy subject among fishermen and restaurateurs still in recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Given that seafood coming from waters still open to fishing is rigorously tested for toxicity and apparently quite safe so far, it seems pretty goddamn crass, opportunistic, and insensitive (even for the Taste) that a Chicago restaurant would repudiate it so proudly.