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Where to Celebrate the James Beard Awards

Celebrate the James Beard Awards all around Chicago

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Chicago is once again honored to be hosting the James Beard Awards. In preparation, our entire food community is putting their best plates forward to celebrate this momentous evening. The following next two weeks are going jam-packed packed with deliciousness you won’t want to miss.

Of course, we have to congratulate Chicago’s 2017 nominees! These finalists are the best of the best of our amazing food city, and we are happy to count many of them as friends and DiningOut partners. Special shout outs have to go to our foodie friends at the Boka Restaurant Group, Sepia, Monteverde, and Nico Osteria for their nominations. If you want to attend the James Beard Award Gala, you can still buy tickets for the May 1st event. Until then though, there are plenty of opportunities to eat and celebrate.

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James Beard Eats Week Specials: Starting April 21

There are almost 100 restaurants throughout Chicago that will be offering exclusive restaurant menus and dishes inspired by James Beard’s recipes starting this Friday. It’s essentially every Windy City eaters’ dream! Rosebud Steakhouse {192 East Walton Street, Chicago; 312.397.1000}, for example, is shining the spotlight on what it does best, steak and high-quality seafood. Case in point: the Loop steakhouse is offering Olive Oil-Poached Maine Lobster served chilled with seasonal melon, basil, and vanilla vinaigrette in honor of James Beard. You can see the whole list of restaurants and their specials here.

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Between Bites, Spotlight/Shadows: Monday, April 24

Between Bites is a philanthropic forum where chefs and food writers come to share their stories and inspiration. It’s the perfect event to get to know your local food community a little more personally. Taking place at River Roast {315 North LaSalle Street, Chicago; 312.822.0100}, it will also give any out-of-town foodies a beautiful view of the Chicago River and downtown area.  Readers for this session include Chef Stephanie Izard, journalists Mike Gebert and Julia Thiel, Chef Carrie Nahabedian, and Chef Erling Wu-Bower. Plus, you will know your money is going to a good place, as proceeds benefit a JBF scholarship to a Chicago area culinary student. The event starts at 6:30 pm and tickets are only $40.

Chef Lee Wolen & Chef Jeremy Fox Luncheon: Saturday, April 29

Held at BOKA Restaurant {1729 North Halsted Street, Chicago; 312.337.6070}, enjoy an intimate five-course lunch event with James Beard nominated Chef Jeremy Fox and Chef Lee Wolen. The event even includes a signed copy of Chef Fox’s debut cookbook “On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen.” Purchase tickets here.

Common Threads Chef Takeover Fueled by Circuit of the Americas at Prime & Provisions: Sunday, April 30

Do good and eat well! Common Threads, a non-profit organization focusing on bringing wellness to families and communities through cooking and nutrition education, just announced the launch of Common Threads Chef Takeover. It’s a pop-up dinner series going on throughout the country, kicking off in Chicago on April 30 at Prime & Provisions {222 North LaSalle Street, Chicago; 312.726.7777}. The event will focus on a Charlie Trotter inspired menu, featuring acclaimed chefs Chef Fabio Viviani, Chef Brad Kilgore, Chef Anita Lo, and more. The evening will also include an opening reception with small bites by Common Threads students, a silent auction, and a musical performance. You can purchase tickets here.

Prune x Nico Osteria Takeover: Tuesday, May 2

For one night only, JBFA Outstanding Chef finalist, Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune, will bring her award-winning fare to Nico Osteria {1015 North Rush Street, Chicago; 312.994.7100} for an exclusive restaurant takeover. Chef Hamilton will join fellow JBFA nominee, Chef Erling Wu-Bower (Best Chef: Great Lakes) and JBF award-winning chef Paul Kahan (Outstanding Chef 2013) to transform the Nico Osteria dinner menu with 20 specialty dishes and  cocktails. You can make reservations through Nico Osteria here.
By Kaleigh Glaza, Online Editor