The Time Charlie Trotter Banned Booze

In the wake of legendary Chicago chef’s passing, the Chicago Tribune takes a laudatory look back at his monumental influence on food in Chicago and America. From fanatical ingredient sourcing to eschewing à la carte dining, Trotter was known for his “intense creativity and never-repeat-a-dish dictum.” Steadfast in his maxims, Trotter was not afraid to “fire” customers or  make potentially unpopular choices, including his decision to ban hard liquor from his restaurants, “Believing that too much alcohol interfered with the appreciation of food.” We can’t say we agree, but we certainly admire the man’s daring spirit. [Chicago Tribune]