Chef Michael Altenberg, Campagnola Founder, Dies at 48
The Chicago area restauranteur was passionate about local, sustainable food.
Altenberg was an early and leading proponent of Chicago's farm-to-table movement, which brings local, organic and sustainable ingrediants to area restaurants.
"His resume reads like a history of Chicago fine dining," critic Phil Vettel writes in the Tribune article. "He was head chef at Avanzare, Cassis, Gordon and Montparnasse restaurants; he worked at Le Francais in the Jean Banchet days. He opened Campagnola in Evanston, Crust pizzeria in Wicker Park and Bistro Campagne, all as owner/partner."
The website Chicago Eater is reporting that Altenberg's wife found him at home, unresponsive. Paramedics were unable to revive him.
The Tribune article says there will be a memorial service Wednesday, but did not have details. Read the full article here.