This Valentine's Day each Pix Patisserie location (3402 SE Division; 3901 N Williams) will be selling one box of chocolate with a pair of diamond earrings inside. Which box? That's up to you and Lady Luck. You were going to buy a box of chocolates anyway, and if your love finds earrings in the box, you can just keep the contest to yourself.

Mark Hosack, former sous chef at Lucier, has found a nice soft place to land. He has been hired as executive chef at the Hotel deLuxe to oversee food service in Gracie's, the Driftwood Room, and private functions. His focus is new American comfort food and I expect to see a seasonal locally sourced meatloaf on Gracie's menu sometime soon.

The anticipation for the opening of Ping, chef Andy Ricker's new Old Town venture, continues to build. Luckily fans of Pok Pok and Asian drinking food can keep abreast of Ping news by signing up for email updates at