Adman adds a fine dining restaurant to his skill set

Steve Platcow, RPM CEO and restauranteur

RPM ADVERTISING’S CEO STEVE PLATCOW has added restaurateur to his resume. He has become the successor owner of acclaimed Gabriel’s Restaurant in Highwood that closed last July after 19 years of elegantly serving North Shore diners. Now to be known as P.M. Prime.

Platcow has teamed with famous, award-winning Chef Dominic Zumpano, known for the creativity he brings to his cuisine.   “P.M. Prime will offer with a modern twist to the classic steakhouse,” he says.  It will open in late spring at 310 Green Bay Road.

“There will be something for everyone on the menu along with a selection of the world’s finest wines, says Platcow. It will be foodie friendly but will also be the place to go if you are a steak aficionado.   We are creating a downtown experience for North Shore residents, and we feel we have all the elements in place to make that happen.”   

THE MUSIC BOX THEATRE on Southport has a nice idea about how to utilize the building next door it recently purchase.  The plan is to offer a café to their patrons, as a cozy spot, say, to discuss the movie they’ve just seen over lattes.

TECH EVENTS NOT BE MISSED.  ProGear will unveil — exclusively for the first time in the Midwest — the new Phase One 1Q250 camera system; the first medium format digital back/camera with a CMOS sensor.

The presentation takes place Thursday, March 13. Hands-on demos and Q&A session 4-6:30 p.m.; IQ250 presentation, with Phase One’s Wayne Sandmeyer, Profoto’s Michael Gray and ProGear’s Doug Sperling, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at 1740 W. Carroll.

“An Evening with Alex Buono,” the DP on “Saturday Night Live” for the past decade, will be sharing tips and tricks of the trade Tuesday, March 25 hosted by Full Compass of Milwaukee. He will part of an expo of Canon camera products and compatible new products from leading manufacturers like Yamaha, AJA, Sachtler, Sound Products and others.

The Evening will be held at the Pilot House at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive. Exhibits, 5-7 p.m., presentation, 7-8:30. Free and open to all. Seating is limited, so register here.

THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY of the Chicago International Film Festival starts off in a big way (as if we expected anything less from founder/artistic director Michael Kutza) April 10 as Carol Mendelsohn receives the Anniversary Television Commitment to Excellence Award, at the Radisson Aqua Blu Hotel.

Chicago native Mendelsohn, an award-winning veteran writer/producer, has been the showrunner and EP of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” since it first aired in 2000. held the title of the world’s most-watched TV series 2008-12, with an estimated audience of some 63 million viewers worldwide.

GRAMMY AWARD WINNING TIMBALAND will be writing and producing the music for “Empire,” the Fox TV pilot, directed and co-produced by Lee Daniels, that will start filming here this month.

Tim “Timbaland” Moseley, producer, songwriter, rapper, understands the hip hop industry of “Empire” reportsVariety.  He produced and cowrote multiple tracks o four the year’s biggest selling multi-platinum albums,“Magna Carta Holy Grail,” “The 20/20 Experience Part I” and “Part II,” and “Beyonce.”

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