One Word… Whatchamacallit

Half the fun of discovering a new restaurant is sharing it with people you know will enjoy it. As Rachael Ray’s resident restaurant guru, here’s an inside look at what I report back to Rach about some of my favorite restaurant finds and food experiences!

From: Kappy

Sent: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:38pm

Subject: Gemini Bistro and Rustic House

Hey Rach- Remember that chef I used to work for like ten years ago, Jason Paskewitz? Well, he’s currently the chef/owner of Gemini Bistro and Rustic House in Lincoln Park. Put both on your list. The thing I love about him is that everything he does is properly executed using the right cooking technique – he knows the basics of cooking and respects a dish for what it is. His crab cake has nice chunks of crab; his soup has a velvety smooth texture; his roast chicken is crispy and juicy… you get the picture. Anyhow, he does a great chips and onion dip at Rustic House and his homemade pastas/raviolis at both places are really good. And to note: He has a take on a ‘Whatchamacallit’ for dessert at Rustic House. Need I say more?

Gemini Bistro

2075 N. Lincoln Ave

Chicago, IL 60614


Rustic House

1967 N. Halsted St.

Chicago, IL 60614


And that’s what’s on my plate!

– Kappy

Andrew “Kappy” Kaplan loves food. A professionally trained chef, by day he runs Yum-o!, Rachael Ray’s charity focused on kids and cooking, and keeps special projects running smoothly for her. By night he hops course to course, place to place, all across the country. He’s Rach’s own personal dining guide! You can also follow Kappy on Twitter to see what’s On Kappy’s Plate in real-time!

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