Coronavirus-Shaped Canapé: Too Much?

By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Rarely has an appetizer been so unappetizing to so many — but so praised by others — in the Chicago foodie world.

Picture that image of the coronavirus that’s everywhere on TV.

Now, imagine a model of that image done in food, with raspberries sticking out from all around the sphere.

That’s what a new Alinea spin-off restaurant has done. Alinea Co-owner Nick Kokonas has compared it to art and says on Instagram that art provokes discomfort and conversation.

Some agreed. But not Chicagoan David Baker.

Unbelievable. @thealineagroup This isn’t ok... this isn’t “cute”. This is shameful. How unbelievably disrespectful to anyone who’s life has been lost. I don’t care how you spin it, this is unacceptable.

A post shared by Dave Baker (@dave_baker09) on Jul 4, 2020 at 9:18pm PDT

“Is it really necessary to spark conversation about COVID-19 right now? In my opinion it’s not. And the people that are probably dining there are probably using this as a way to escape their quarantines, looking forward to a night out. And then they immediately get a COVID-19 dish to start their meal?”

Baker used to work for the Alinea Group but says his criticism of the canapé has nothing to do with his departure 19 months ago, which he says was on “very good terms.”

Kokonas declined comment to WBBM Newsradio.