Comedian Jeff Garlin Hosts Allium's Opening Night Party at Four Seasons

The recent Grand Opening party for the new Allium restaurant attracted an overflow crowd of Chicago's top 600 foodies and fashionistas to the 7th floor of the Four Seasons recently.  Host for the night was funnyman Jeff Garlin (see our interview coming soon on Watch312!).  This American restaurant with a farm-to-table menu is by Chef Kevin Hickey whose inspiration was his multi-cultural neighborhood in Chicago where he grew up.  The menu features Tallgrass beef (in a brilliant collaboration with CBS’ Bill Kurtis), game bird sausage, suckling pig flat bread, Wagyu beef short-rib sliders, bison tartare, Chicago style hotdogs, Wisconsin walleye, chorizo cheese chips, oysters, lamb neck agnolotti and crab fritters to name just a few of the delicious offerings.

Allium, a name derived from Latin origins meaning “onion”, pays homage to Chicago whose name comes from the Native American “Shikaakwa” or “wild onion.”  The restaurant’s beverage program also echoes the restaurant’s commitment to American artisan producers.  The beer list is strictly Midwestern, including the limited-release Allium Roseus, a Belgian red ale created by Chef Hickey and Goose Island’s Brewpub’s Head Brewer Jared Rouben.

DJ Concept kept the room humming as the movers and shakers mixed and mingled.  Guests included Sheila O'Grady Duffy and hubby Dan Duffy, Helen Melchior, Tracey Tarantino, Jean and Andy Antoniou, Frances Renk, Sonya Jackson, Sarah Beardsley, Joan Colmar, Ken Norgan, Christoper Clinton Conway, Paul Iacono, DC Crenshaw, Amanda Puck, Rhonda Sanderson, Hedwig and Bob Golant, Linda O'Keefe, Jesus Salgueiro, Sharyl and Mike Mackey, Gale Gottlieb, Jan Kallish, Hazel and Warren Barr, Kathleen Henson, Kristina and Mike McGrath, Kim and Bob Mills, Saira Cooper, Donna LaPietra, Bill Kurtis, Shaun Rajah, Melinda Joseph, Cece Gonzalez, Amelia Silva, Lynne Bredfeldt, Jessica Zweig, Erica Bethe Levin, Diana Palomar, Lakesha and Jim Rose, Lance Lawson, Jim Wetzel and Lisa Frame among others.

The entire renovation of the Four Seasons by Brayton Hughes is one of relaxed elegance with artwork fit for a museum including several Warhols.  It’s a must-go!  I was proud to be a co-host along with Monika Dixon, Toni Canada, Alexis Cozzini, Vince Anzalone, Lonnie Rodriguez, Jerry Azumah and Susanna Negovan.  (For more info, please visit

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