Tuesday, September 18, 2012

'q'

I lined up a sleepover for Bella and took an early afternoon train ride into Chicago for some window shopping and a get together with the kids for dinner at a barbecue joint. It has an interesting background. The head chef and co owner of q, Lee Ann Whippen, was a hotel caterer for fifteen years all the while entering and often times winning those barbecue contests.
She also happened to be the winner of a Throwdown with Bobby Flay.  She's pretty cute.  She came through the dining room half way through our meal.  The setup of the kitchen is an open arrangement so you can see what everyone is doing and I had noticed that there originally wasn't a blonde in the group of kitchen help.  I like it when the chef is real hands on, even on a Monday and the place was packed.
The info on the Throwdown is in this Food Network cookbook.
The menu is simple but very good.   It is definitely meat orientated but the kids menu was just perfect for Violet.  They are also known for dozens and dozens of different bottles of bourbon, but I took a pass.

3 comments:

spikemuffin said...

Heard the good news. Congratulations!

spikemuffin said...

Heard the good news. Congratulations!

Robbie said...

AT first glance, I thought Lee Ann was Farrah Fawcett!