For some, Steve Plotnicki is a fearsomely informed, fearlessly outspoken high end foodie whose site Opinionated About and now book encapsulate some of the best non-professional food writing and insight about fine dining. For others online, Plotnicki has a uniquely entitled way of looking at the foodie world that nearly always produces a multi-page trainwreck of back and forth posts, as when he got upset that Laurent Gras wouldn’t “cook for him” at L2O. (Seriously, read this LTHForum thread starting on about page 6 through page 12, it’s bleeping golden.) Anyway, one of Plotnicki’s current enthusiasms is North Pond, which he feels represents a particular strain of “modern midwestern cuisine” that he likes a lot. And so he and North Pond chef Bruce Sherman are throwing a farm-to-table dinner August 24 at North Pond, along with a genuinely impressive array of other midwestern chefs Plotnicki admires: Justin Aprahamian of Sanford in Milwaukee, Michael Bulkowski of Revolver near Toledo, Josh Adams of June in Peoria, and Gerard Craft of Niche in St. Louis. The six-course menu is $140; call 773-477-5845 for reservations.
The garden outside North Pond.