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WAVE's patio; new host of Check, Please!
Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

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—WAVE, located in the W Chicago-Lakeshore (644 N. Lake Shore Dr.), is opening its patio. In addition, Executive Chef Gregory Elliott has unveiled his new spring menu; highlights include asparagus salad with garlic bread crumbs, pecorino and sauce gribiche ($14), and Alaskan halibut with Fregola Sarda, artichokes, Meyer lemon and littleneck clams ($29). See

—WTTW has named Catherine De Orio as the new host of the show Check, Please!, according to the Chicago Tribune. After now-former host Alpana Singh announced her departure, the station held an audition process that drew more than 900 applicants. Taping begins next month, and new episodes air this fall.

—DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway, will open Thursday, June 13, at 5 p.m., with full lunch and dinner service Friday, June 14. The first DHB Growler will be held Saturday, June 8, 1-3 p.m.; visitors can be the first to see the space before it's officially open, buy and fill growlers (craft-beer containers), and try beers. See .

—The Florentine, 151 W. Adams St., is now offering a convenient, portable picnic for two with baskets. The Ciao Bello Date Basket ($65) includes homemade grissini, Italian cheeses, grilled and roasted vegetables, biscotti, and a bottle of wine. The Italian Summer in the City Basket ($40) contains beet chips, chicken-and-avocado panini, salad and a ricotta cheesecake. Call 312-660-8866.

—CrossTown Fitness and the owners of The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group are opening The Daily Feed, 1031 W. Madison St. The menu at The Daily Feed offers an array of diet-specific lean and fatty proteins, salads, wraps, quinoa bowls and breakfast items made with high-quality and fresh ingredients. See .

—In celebration of National Seafood Month this June and the start of Soft Shell Crab Season, which began May 15, Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House's Rush Street location now features fresh blue crab flown in daily. Additionally, Hugo's Chicago will now be open for lunch indoors beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. See .

—Ribfest Chicago will take place June 7-9 at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Irving Park Road and Damen Avenue at Friday at 5-10 p.m., Saturday at 12-10 p.m., and Sunday 12-10 p.m. (There is a $5 suggested donation at the gate.) See .

—The New York-based burger chain Shake Shack is coming to Chicago. is moving in at 66 E. Ohio St., a spot currently occupied by a Harley-Davidson dealership, according to . When the rumors first flared in November, dealership co-owner Bret Irvine said he was asked to vacate the spot in the Shops at North Bridge before the lease expired in 2014.

—Pastry Chicago will hold its Sixth Annual Amateur Cookie Competition at Mariano's Fresh Market-West Loop, 40 S. Halsted St., on Saturday, June 8. Events start at 12:30 p.m., with winners announced at 2:30 p.m. Download the registration form at

—Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market, will continue spring quarter classes with Latin Grilling 101, led by newly appointed Executive Chef Rodolfo Cuadros. The class will take place Saturday, June 15, at 12 p.m. The cost is $25 (reservations required); call 312-850-5005 or visit .

—Brindille (pronounced "braun-dee"), 534 N. Clark St., is now open. James Beard award-winning chef Carrie Nahabedian created the menu as "refined Parisian," and reflects her love of France and its cuisine. Highlighted elements include Dover sole, guinea fowl, rabbit and foie gras. A team of chefs from sister restaurant NAHA heads the kitchen at Brindille. See .

—Deleece, 3747 N. Southport Ave., is offering a six-course wine dinner Tuesday, June 4. Items will include seared diver scallops (with 2011 Tablas Creek "Patelin de Tablas Blanc") and crispy duck breast (with 2010 Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec), among other offerings. The cost is $75 each, and reservations are mandatory; call 773-325-1710 or visit .

—Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, 2024 N. Halsted St., will host a paella-making demonstration Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; and a flamenco dinner show Monday, June 24, at 7 p.m. The demo is $35 per person; the show is $15. Call 773-935-5000 to make a reservation.

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