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Levy Restaurants’ ‘Company Mom’ Eadie Levy, alav hashalom

Our condolences to the Levy family and Levy Restaurants on the loss of “company mom” Eadie Levy. Mrs. Levy died on Aug. 28 at age 92. Levy Restaurants, which started in 1978 with a single deli, is now an international foodservice mega-company with company with more than 25,000 employees that runs everything from fine-dining spots […]

Pat Bruno loses battle with brain cancer

  The face shown here was almost unknown, but the writer it belonged to was a respected observer of Chicago’s food scene for many years. Longtime Chicago restaurant critic Pat Bruno died Tuesday after a three-year struggle with brain cancer, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. We extend heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and readers. […]

Robert A. ‘Bobby’ Hatoff, 1943–2012

We add to the chorus of condolences to the Hatoff family, Allen Bros., their customers and everyone who knew him on the sad and shocking death of Bobby Hatoff, chairman of the meat processing firm that had its origins in the Chicago Stockyards, today the world’s largest purveyor of USDA prime beef. Mr. Hatoff, 69, […]

Farewell, Phil Georgouses, Charcoal Oven founder

It’s a rare thing for a restaurant to survive over six decades with the same owner. We’re sad to hear of the death of Phil Georgouses, 87, the genial founder and host of Charcoal Oven in Skokie, one of the oldest, extant restaurants in the north suburbs. Visitors to this fine-dining spot with its distinctive […]

Paul Wildermuth memorial planned for Dec. 5

UPDATE — EVENT POSTPONED. The memorial is being rescheduled to January. We were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of the talented chef Paul Wildermuth at the tragically young age of 46. Wildermuth, formerly executive chef at Marche, Opera and Red Light, among others, collapsed and died Nov. 13 of complications of […]

Leah’s Notebook: News of Chicago’s dining scene

Condolences to the family and friends of Edna Stewart, founder and head chef of West Side soul food spot Edna’s Restaurant.

The last Chicago maitre d’

One more bit of elegance vanished from the world Tuesday.

The reported the death of Arturo Petterino.