On Saturday, ABC 7 Chicago aired its final segment with Steve Dolinsky, ending the Hungry Hound’s 17-year stint on the station. In January, Dolinsky and ABC announced they have been parting methods because the station elected to not renew his contract. Dolinsky says he’ll focus on his aspect hustles which embrace restaurant consulting. He’ll proceed to put up movies of restaurant visits via YouTube.
When clients see Dolinsky’s grin hanging from a photograph on a restaurant’s wall, they really feel a seal of approval. He’s been been a roving meals reporter overlaying the native meals scene for many years. Earlier than ABC, Dolinsky additionally labored at CLTV and WBEZ Chicago.
As pandemic takeout has made consolation meals standard, Dolinsky final section highlighted how 4 eating places put together hen parmigiana sandwiches. He signed off Saturday with a farewell:
“Simply wish to say it’s been a pleasure, an honor, and a privilege sharing a few of my favourite locations to eat with all of you these previous 17 years,” Dolinsky throughout his remaining section. “Hopefully we’ll see one another down the highway.”
Dolinsky had extra time to talk about his departure on Friday throughout his penultimate look wherein he touched upon the delicate media ecosystem. TV stations and publications are spending much less typically on the expense of slicing meals protection.
Over the weekend, in what could possibly be perceived as a cost-cutting transfer, ABC 7 introduced the departure of longtime entertainment personality Janet Davies. On the print aspect of journalism, in January eating critic Phil Vettel left the Tribune after 41 years. Eating part editor Joe Grey quickly adopted Vettel. The departures come within the shadow of Alden Global Capital’s purchase of the paper. Alden has a status for slashing prices at different newspapers it owns.
“I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to ABC 7 for supporting me and the restaurant scene in chicago for thus lengthy,” Dolinsky mentioned Friday. “In a metropolis with a lot good meals it’s not laborious to search out one thing fascinating to eat. What’s uncommon is a neighborhood TV station that commits to overlaying the beat like ABC has.”
Dolinsky’s remaining section featured a go to to Robert’s Pizza & Dough Co. in Streeterville. He praised proprietor Robert Garvey who “can tweak his wonderful dough recipe for sandwich bread.”
Subsequent, the Hound made it to D’Amato’s, the fabled Italian bakery in West City. They’re firing up their coal-fired oven for his or her sandwiches, utilizing the bakery’s well-known bread as the bottom.
Dolinsky then spoke with celebrity butcher Rob Levitt, the manager chef at Publican Quality Meats in Fulton Market. Levitt makes use of “advanced breading” to make sure the entire hen thighs are juicy and crisp. PQM additionally brushes its buns with garlic butter.
Lastly, Dolinsky frolicked with chef Invoice Kim of Urbanbelly. he’s been experimenting with new concepts within the suburbs at Michael Jordan’s Restaurant in Oak Brook (MJ’s spot is operated by the identical group which runs Urbanbelly). In Oak Brook, Kim unveiled Chef Invoice Kim’s Pizza and Parm Store, a digital restaurant that’s additionally arrange at Urbanbelly in Wicker Park: “Kim takes a couple of liberties with custom, treating this Italian authentic extra like a southern fried hen sandwich. I’m not arguing,” Dolinsky mentioned.
During his Friday segment, Dolinsky informed viewers that he’s “made it my mission to reveal you to a number of the hidden gems in Chicagoland.” The bit concluded with a farewell photograph montage of trade members — like Boka Restaurant Group’s Kevin Boehm, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Wealthy Melman, City Stomach’s Kim, Frontera Grill’s Rick Bayless, and Alinea’s Grant Achatz — elevating glasses to toast Dolinsky’s tenure.
Dolinsky seemed into the digital camera glassy eyed: “It means loads to me to see all these photos of these individuals I respect, too. Wow. Thanks. Toast. Cheers to all of you, and I’ll see you down the highway.”
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