Chef Grant Achatz (pronounced AK-etz) is a visionary, multi-award-winning chef/owner of Chicago’s Alinea, a foodie fave and an inspiration at age 36 who lost the ability to taste – and nearly his life – from tongue cancer several years ago. His health and incredibly-tuned sense of taste are back, thanks to a progressive treatment program at the University of Chicago. He worked the kitchen through the chemo and now he’s opening a second restaurant, Next, and a lounge, Aviary, in Chicago. (Foodie Note: and he’s hiring) Tonight Achatz gives us real insight about his amazing food, his starring role in molecular gastronomy and what to do when the very worst thing happens. Check the blogs later this week for my Q&A with Achatz or see him tonight at Tom Douglas’s Palace Ballroom. As of this very moment there are still a few $45 tickets available. Admission includes his new book Life, On the Line – Chasing Greatness, Facing Death and Redefining the Way We Eat, appetizers and a glass of wine.