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2017 James Beard Foundation Awards

May 1, 2017 at Lyric Opera of Chicago
The James Beard Foundation Awards, dubbed "the Oscars of the food world" by Time Magazine, celebrates the best and brightest culinary professionals in America. The city of Chicago is incredibly proud to host the nation's preeminent honors Monday May 1, 2017.

The 27th Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception will be held at the Civic Opera House and will be hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson! Over this weekend — the social highlight of the year for the culinary industry — Chicago will welcome nearly 2,500 of the country's top chefs, restaurateurs, food media and culinary enthusiasts. And for those that love to eat, there is no better place to gather than in Chicago.

James Beard Eats Week

April 21 - May 1, 2017
Celebrate James Beard and Chicago’s vibrant culinary scene with a week of exclusive restaurant menus and dishes inspired by James Beard's American Classic recipes. Nearly 100 top Chicago restaurants will honor the man known as the "Dean of American cookery" through their food. Join them during the second annual James Beard Eats Week!

Browse the list of participating restaurants and special menus below and make your reservation during Eats Week to take part.

James Beard Eats Week Restaurants

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Braised Beef Short Ribs with Saffron Risotto Read More
House-made Spaghetti with Albacore Tuna (variation on pg. 292 of James Beard’s "New Fish Cookery") beech mushroom | tomato | garlic | onion | basil $31.00 Pairing: Rallo ‘Evró’ Insolia 2014 – Sicilia $13/glass, $52/bottle Read More
Smoked Salmon, Roasted Beets, Whipped Horseradish Creme Fraiche, Arugula Read More
Modern Desserts- American flavors - French infulence Read More
Lamb Belly - steamed with aromatic rice, sweet miso, shiitake Read More
Frito Miso with calamari, skate cheeks, wild lemon, turnips, and caper aioli Read More
Pate de Campagna $15 Country duck and foie gras pâté with housemade pickles Read More
Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Ravioli with lemon herb butter, $22 Read More
Pan Seared Branzino - Artichoke Caponata, Blood Orange Fennel Jus, Sea Salt $36 Read More
Whole Roasted Chicken for Two Foie Gras Stuffing, Roasted Turnips, Gravy $63 Pairing: Frédéric Magnien Bourgogne Blanc 2014 - $15/gls, $60/btl Read More
Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts with Marcona Almonds Read More
Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts with chopped marcona almonds Read More
Soba Noodle, Asparagus, Shrimp and Eggplant Salad Read More
The JB Éclair - Benny's Classic Éclair with Vanilla Bean Custard, served with Caramel Sea Salt Ice Cream Read More
Berghoff Bourbon Braised Short Ribs: Roasted corn smashed potato, grilled asparagus, peach compote Read More
Roasted pork belly, black-eyed pea stew, mustard seed & apple compote, cracklings. Read More
Rabbit Roulade: bacon-wrapped rabbit mousse | broccolini | cranberry $16 Read More
Asparagus- country ham, pickled asparagus, hardboiled egg, marcona almonds Soft Shell Crab a la Meuniere- smashed peas, charred onion, tomato Read More
Smoked Lamb Tartare: Traditional and Re-Invented Garnishes. This dish pays homage to the origins of Tartare, its classic ingredients and James Beard's own evolution of the dish. Our Tartare will be made from smoked lamb loin and lamb heart, with renditions of the accoutrement including: American Sturgeon Caviar, Parsley ... Read More
SUMAC SPICED LAMB CHOP Goat Cheese Gratin | Confit Tomato | Pickled Turkish Eggplant Read More
Beef Tartare w/Pumpernickle Toasts Read More
Al Pastor Meatballs with Charred Pineapple Yogurt, Pickled Shallot and Cilantro - $12 | Al Pastor Margarita - Blanco Tequila, Mezcal, Pineapple, Fresh Citrus, shaken with Chorizo Cordial Read More
Bub City Fried Chicken with Whistle Pig Maple Syrup Read More
Executive Chef Matt Holmes will serve Razor Clams A La Plancha with garlic, shallots and nora pepper vinaigrette, inspired by James Beard’s recipes featuring clams from where he grew up on the West Coast. Chef Holmes will also offer Spanish Vitello Tonnato with cured Ibérico pork loin, Spanish tuna, ... Read More
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All Clad MetalCrafters American Airlines Lavazza True Refrigerator San Pellegrino
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