The film is the Story of Curtis Duffy.

Finally. The restaurant was supposed to have opened in March. It was now December. The equipment that arrived broken, the delays, the cost overruns — all of it had turned many of his nights sleepless. But so did the pressures of high expectations. Curtis had worked his way up through the finest restaurants in Chicago — Charlie Trotter’s, Trio, Alinea — and earned four-star reviews under his name at Avenues in The Peninsula hotel on the Magnificent Mile. But this restaurant, Grace, was his.

It was booked for Ruth Snider. In many respects, she was the woman who had saved Curtis. She steered him at a time his life felt aimless, back when he stole from supermarkets and bullied kids in his neighborhood. She kept an eye on him during his travails, through family turmoil ... before and after the murder. They cried on the phone with each other.


The Filmmakers

Kevin Pang

Kevin is a features reporter at the Chicago Tribune, writing about food and pop culture. He is a three-time nominee for the James Beard Foundation Award, and a winner in 2010 for “The Cheeseburger Show.”

 

Mark Helenowski

Kevin is a features reporter at the Chicago Tribune, writing about food and pop culture. He is a three-time nominee for the James Beard Foundation Award, and a winner in 2010 for “The Cheeseburger Show.”