Chicago Tribune: Jason Paskewitz To Head Up Marchesa

Jason Paskewitz to head up Marchesa

 Jason Paskewitz lands at Marchesa in River North, a few months after Pearl Brasserie was sold out from under him. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

Jason Paskewitz lands at Marchesa in River North, a few months after Pearl Brasserie was sold out from under him. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

Phil Vettel Chicago Tribune

Jason Paskewitz, who found himself without a chef gig after Pearl Brasserie was sold out from under him, has landed at Marchesa (535 N. Wells St.), where he will be executive chef.

The hiring combines one of Chicago’s most adept, luxury-focused French chefs (Paskewitz’s foie gras dishes are absolutely sinful) with one of the city’s most glamorous restaurant spaces.

“I walked in front door, and the place was unbelievable,” Paskewitz said. “It’s one of the most gorgeous rooms in the city. It has three levels, a Champagne cave that looks like Hemingway met RL, and a main-floor dining room, like you’d find in (a high-end hotel).

“I fell in love,” he said. “I asked, ‘Did you build this for me?’ Just blown away by the space, plus they (owners Kathryn Sullivan Alvera and Jason Clark) are really nice people.”

Paskewitz will start right away, but his first menu will be available right after Labor Day, he said.

“It’s a transitional time,” he said. “We’ll do what needs to get done — rezoning the kitchen, bringing in some new equipment — and then it’s full-speed ahead from there.”

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