♦ In “wishful thinking” news, Grub Street reports that the duo behind the bar Aviary in Chicago (chef Grant Achatz of Alinea and Next fame, and his business partner Nick Kokonas) are looking to expand the concept. The two drew up a list of places where they’d like to open and Miami/South Beach is on the list. Unfortunately, a list does not a cocktail bar make.
♦ The parent company of Yardbird (and Lime Fresh Mexican) announced the hiring of two more Top Chef alums. Joining Jeff McInnis at 50 Eggs Restaurant Group are Berenice de Araujo, who was poached from perennial Top Chef judge Michelle Bernstein’s Sra. Martinez (egg pun intended), and Kenny Gilbert, formerly of a place called Nippers Grille in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The press release provides little detail on what to expect, other than that they’ll begin by working on new seafood and Asian concepts for the South Beach dining scene.
♦ Last up, Eater.com reports that the Cooking Channel, the hipster cousin of Food Network, just went from hipster to hip-hop. The network has picked up a new series featuring chef Eddie Huang of Baohaus in New York. The series is called Cheap Bites (a one-off episode aired last January) and Huang is an interesting character, the guy is an encyclopedia of old school hip hop. The show brings a fresh perspective to the genre of food television.