Weekend Inquirer, Digested

• Craig LaBan heads out to West Chester to dine at Northbrook MarketPlace. It’s a Talula’s Table-like restaurant (market by day, carefully thought out tasting menu by night), but does not quite meet that level. Says LaBan, “without a doubt, Northbrook has a way to go before it competes on the lofty level of Talula’s, with which comparisons are bound to be made. And yet, there is already so much to be excited about in this ambitious new venture.” That said, $75 for nine courses is a pretty good deal, and it sounds like there was a fair amount to like — after all, it still got two bells.

Rick Nichols nearly poetic musing on the fork (inspired by “Feeding Desire,” an exhibit at Winterthur) may be the most we’ve ever heard on the humble utensil. It turns out that forks of the past have been beautiful and intricately detail, subject to complex etiquette rules, markers of social class, and eventually, objects of everyday use. Of course, as soon as they became standard, we circled back to foods like pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and a whole other host of meals that we use our hands to eat.

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Weekend Inquirer, Digested