Around Town: Local meal delivery service Eat Purely this month appointed Cory Morris (Mercat a la Planxa, Ronero, Rural Society) as executive chef, according to a rep. This marks a departure from restaurants for Morris, a Salt Lake City, Utah native. He cites culinary influences from his travels to Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and France. Founded in 2015, Eat Purely touts heat-and-eat dishes that are cooked and packaged in West Loop.
River North: Modern Pan Asian restaurant Sunda, known for attracting celebrities like Jamie Foxx, Ben Stiller, and Barbara Streisand, has a new executive chef: longtime sous chef Brawnson Rattanavong, according to a rep. Rattanavong has worked at the restaurant for 11 years and will oversee the kitchen and create new menu items as Sunda reopens for indoor dining on Tuesday, June 8 for the first time in nearly a year. Restaurateur and former nightclub owner Billy Dec first launched the restaurant in 2009. In 2018, he opened a second outpost in Nashville.
Berwyn: Local industry veteran Stephen Domanik (Longman & Eagle, Haywood Tavern) is taking the helm as executive chef at Babygold Barbecue, the new smoked meat operation at popular suburban music venue FitzGerald’s, according to a rep. The brainchild of chef John Manion (El Che Steakhouse & Bar), Babygold serves “Berwyn style” barbecue — a blend of regional styles — with deluxe plates of baby-back ribs, brisket, jalapeño cheddar sausage, and pork belly.