If I had to pick one local chef who knows how to feed people well (as opposed to lavishing them with delicacies, or dazzling them with technique, or fusing seven distinct cuisines into a single puff of foam) it would certainly be Julia McClaskey. I still wax nostalgic about her stint at Dine during the dot-com boom days. She wasn't the most daring chef in town, but her bold, clean flavors met in a wonderful sense of balance and wholeness. Even an appetizer -- say, seared scallops with chilled asparagus spears, lemon-tarragon aioli, and a crisp, cleansing radish salad -- could seem like a meal in itself. I remember feeling deflated when I first heard rumors McClaskey would leave Dine (according to the... More >>>