Sam Platt wrote:This is very sad news. We ate at Trotter's most recently with some friends in July of last year. The food and service were always first rate and the dining experience was certainly in my top five. I think that he reached his creative peak 10+ years ago and had fallen behind other restaurants nationally and even in Chicago (Schwa, Alinea, etc).
We had the chance to meet Charlie on our last visit. He was very nice to us during the brief encounter, but he did seem melancholy and distant. I did not detect the aura of satisfaction and contentment that I would have expected from someone who had accomplished so much. I do hope his death was from natural causes.
Hoke wrote:He was bold and confident when he started, and definitely changed the level of cuisine in the country (and most definitvely in the Chicago area, which had limited appeal prior to his restaurant.
Hoke wrote:I remember going there with some Chicagoans of the goombah persuasion, and immediately after leaving the 14 dish degustation menu they wanted to stop at Joey Buona's for an Italian Beef, 'submarine style'. The Chicago idea of the perfect restaurant in those days wasn't a series of exquisite flavor experiences, it was based on how large the servings were and how stuffed you felt when you left.
Hoke wrote:Same friend later said that Charlie was getting a rep for being harder and harder to deal with, and was showing a lot more frustration and anger..also that he was putting on weight and looking puffy and edematic, which could have signaled a potential health problem. Or not.
Over the past two decades you have made many similar comments as the above two about Chicago. What happened to you while you were there to cause the growth of such an enormous chip on your shoulder?
Hoke wrote:And there sure wasn't the absolute explosion of daring, adventurous presentation of food and abundance of stylistic expression---Chicago was then a sturdy, dependable provider of good food, but not the superstar culinary town of today. Alinea, Blackbird, Avec...
Sam Platt wrote: a consequence of hypertensive arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure)
Robin Garr wrote:That's particularly sad in the 2100s, when this is so easily controllable for most people.
Tom NJ wrote:Robin Garr wrote:That's particularly sad in the 2100s, when this is so easily controllable for most people.
Yeah. Not like the bad ol' days of the 2000's.
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