4 Out of 5: Leslie Garry & Amy Goetz on Chicago

Leslie Garry and Amy Goetz are cofounders of Delve Chicago. This is their take on four places they like, and one place they don’t.

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Davanti Enoteca – "A top-notch, smal-plate restaurant in the heart of Little Italy complete with a wine retail shop and cozy rooftop dining? Yes, please. Executive chef Jonathan Beatty offers up dishes that are meant to be shared, though parting with your risotto carbonara is easier said than done. Healthy eaters beware: Davanti loves truffle oil. And egg. A lot. Leading to our favorite dish on the menu, the truffle egg toast with fontina and asparagus."

Dose Market – "Once a month, the best that Chicago has to offer congregates at this uber-stylish fashion and food market in Chicago’s River East Arts Center. Local vendors feature food that ranges from artisanal breads to bourbon-barrel-aged syrup and fashion/crafts ranging from hand-made jewelry to exclusive-to-the-market styles for both men and women. Sipping rare tea and eating champagne gelato while shopping for luxury vintage? Trust us, there’s no better way to spend a Sunday."

Sarca – "This eclectic boutique is nestled in the Gold Coast among other fashion greats like Ikram and Sofia Vintage. A spot for one-of-a-kind pieces that you can find nowhere else in Chicago (or the US for that matter), Sarca is the go-to spot for Chicago women looking for highly curated picks. Think European designers like Alice by Temperly, Issa and Markus Lupfer, complemented with local jewelry designs by up and comers like Damen + Division. A destination in its own right, stop by Sarca to feel a little bit of worldliness, right in the Midwest."

Telegraph Wine Bar – "A favorite spot for dim-lit dining and French rosé-sipping in the middle of Chicago’s ‘it’ neighborhood of the moment. Wine director Jeremy Quinn focused his wine concept on natural wines of Europe to accompany the restaurants locally sourced, pan-European eats. All of the experts at Telegraph were handpicked as the best of the best from an impressive lineup of other Chicago hotspots, including Bluebird and Avec."

NOT SO MUCH

Giordano’s, Original Gino’s East, et al – "Most Chicagoans take their pizza very seriously, and we consider ourselves V.I.P (very into pizza). We’ve never been traditional gals, so we tend to go thin crust, not Chicago style (can I even type that while in the city limits?). Yearly deep dish noshing is reserved for appeasing pleading out-of-towners."

Michelle Obama Has a New Personal Shopper

Since before fashion week slammed into New York City, questions about who, exactly, was outfitting the first lady in Marc Jacobs and McQueen were left artfully unanswered, though most everyone fingered Meredith Koop, a White House aide, as Michelle’s latest stylist. “For what it’s worth, I hear that Ikram Goldman, the Chicago retailer, is no longer directly involved with Mrs. Obama’s wardrobe, since December,” the New York Times’ beloved baritone Cathy Horyn smuggled into a recent article. Last night, the Washington Post put an end to the speculation.

29-year-old Koop, a former Kappa Delta and graduate of Vanderbilt University, has officially stepped into the unofficial role of Michelle Obama’s stylist. (The first lady has long claimed that she doesn’t require such sartorial servicing.) “Koop learned fashion gospel at the altar of Ikram,” wrote the Post about the famous, avant-Midwest boutique run by Goldman. Says Kristina Schake, a spokeswoman for the first lady, “Ms. Koop’s responsibilities include advising the first lady on her wardrobe and acting on her behalf in arranging for purchases, including considering the best offered price and buying on discount if discounts are available.”

The Posts’ article is as in-depth a profile of a heretofore unknown White House aide as one can reasonably hope for (now-typical Facebook crowdsourcing journalism is applied, as is ‘I sat next to Koop on a plane once’ reportage). Let’s just hope Koop learned enough at Vandy to keep Michelle looking elegant, singular, and controversial.