Seen at Tuesday evening's reception to ring in the Michelin guide for Chicago: Chefs Graham Elliot Bowles, Matthias Merges, Curtis Duffy, Kevin Hickey, Christophe David, Bill Kim, Chris Koetke, Shelley Young, Frank Brunacci and Phillip Foss.
Overheard after the speeches were done and the bubbly was flowing: Just about everyone talking super-stealth Michelin inspectors, and Foss talking food trucks -- to Mayor Daley.
Foss, who has been drumming up support in culinary circles to revise the city's ordinance governing street vendors, approached the mayor as he made his way down a set of stairs at the event space on the Near North Side and asked him what he thought of food trucks.
"All I wanted to do was see where he was coming from," Foss said.
Tough crowd. "He was playing the devil's advocate," Foss said. "He said he could see how [restaurants] could feel competitive about having trucks around. And he made the point about taxes -- why is is fair that the bricks-and-mortar places would be paying higher taxes when a truck could just get up and going for next to nothing?"
Foss says he came away from his brief but intense audience with Da Mare "impressed," though not necessarily encouraged.
To both men's credit, the mayor didn't duck out afterward; he stayed and mingled.