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Paul Kahan (Blackbird, Chicago, IL)
Paul Kahan is a big fan of chicken thighs because they have so much flavor and are so inexpensivethe best of both worlds. He braises the thighs in beer to make an excellent spring stew that he (naturally) pairs with more beer, such as Pere Jacques from Chicago's Goose Island Beer Company, a Belgian-style ale full of caramelized malt flavors.