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Staff Changes at Cooking Light; Chicago JBF Benefit

MEDIA NEWSCooking Light has a new editor: Hunter Lewis, who has stints at Southern Living, Bon Appetit, and Saveur on his resume, will replace Scott Mowbray, who will retire after a 12-year tenure at the magazine's parent company. Lewis was also the co-author of cookbooks like Johnathan Waxman's A Great American Cook and Matt and Ted Lee's The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook. [EaterWire]

CHICAGO— Some of Chicago's top female chefs and sommeliers will join forces for a Friends of James Beard benefit dinner on Monday, September 22: Moto pastry chef Claire Crenshaw hosts fellow chefs Rohini Dey, Debbie Gold, Stephanie Izard, Anistar Meffert, and Mindy Segal during the multi-course dinner. Tickets are $225, with proceeds benefiting the Foundation's scholarship programs. More information here. [EaterWire]

AUDIO INTERLUDE— Portland, Oregon-based band Portugal the Man is this week's guest on the Food Is the New Rock podcast. The band name-drops from industry BFFs, like Roy Choi and Chuck Hughes: "Food friends are the best friends." Go, give it a listen. [FItNR]

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