Restaurant Scene: Celebrating a new eatery and stellar chefs

2013-04-26T00:00:00Z 2013-08-01T09:43:03Z Restaurant Scene: Celebrating a new eatery and stellar chefsEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

There's a new restaurant making a splash in East Chicago.

The South Shore Club Bar and Grill recently opened at the East Chicago Marina. "The space had a natural ambiance to it, surrounded by water with beautiful views," said Daniel Urquiza, owner and manager of the new eatery, which is a stone's throw from Ameristar Casino.

Urquiza's family also operates The Restaurant at the Lost Marsh and they're the spark behind Rodizio's at Meyer's Castle in Dyer. The eatery's menu is categorized as American comfort food. FYI: (219) 391-7102

Kudos to Robert Irvine

During chef Robert Irvine's live show last week at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Mich., the "Restaurant: Impossible" star kept fans captivated while they watched him tackle a series of culinary challenges and interact in comical situations with various audience members. After the show, Irvine got a thumbs up for staying for nearly two hours to greet fans, take pictures and sign autographs in the lobby of the casino's Silver Creek Event Center.

Culinary All-Stars

What's known as the Academy Awards of the food world is around the corner. The James Beard Awards will be held May 6 in New York City. The proprietors of Three Floyds Brewing in Munster were named semifinalists this year in the Outstanding Wine, Spirits and Beer Professionals category.

Nominees for finalist categories were announced March 18. Among Chicago area chefs making finalist cuts were Dave Beran of Next; Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat; Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia, all for Best Chef: Great Lakes category; and Jimmy Bannos Jr. of The Purple Pig for Rising Star Chef of the Year. Among the nominees for Best New Restaurant is Grace in Chicago. The James Beard Awards will take on the theme of "Lights, Camera, Taste!" and feature the history of food in film. FYI: jamesbeard.org

Chipotle Mexican Grill fundraiser

Chipotle will have a special fundraiser at its restaurant locations during normal business hours on Saturday. The eatery will donate up to $20,000 from all sales to support Chicago's Green City Market. FYI: chipotle.com

The opinions expressed are solely the writer's. Reach her at (219) 933-3365 or eloise.valadez@nwi.com.

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