Join Michael Ruhlman and Balena for a celebration of his newest book: Charcuterie The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing (2013 Newly Revised & Updated Edition) Tuesday, September 17 Balena, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm The event will consist of an assortment of fresh baked breads, cured meats, and salumi while Chandra Ram of Plate Magazine moderates a Q&A with Michael Ruhlman. Exclusive signed copies of Charcuterie will be available for purchase. Michael Ruhlman is one of the most talented and prolific food writers in the world today. He has written 21 books, including the brand new release The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat, and has collaborated with top chefs such as Thomas Keller, Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain. On TV he has appeared as a judge on Cooking Under Fire, and on The Next Iron Chef. He has also had numerous appearances on his friend Anthony Bourdain's A Cook's Tour and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Balena, a James Beard Foundation Semi-Finalist, Best New Restaurant Midwest, is an Italian inspired restaurant located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Named by Bon Appetit as a "Top 50 Best New Restaurant" in 2012, Chef Chris Pandel's menu consists of starters, pastas, pizzas, and main dishes from the hardwood grill. Beverages include handcrafted cocktails, an extensive wine list featuring over two hundred producers, and beers from around the world.