Between Bites: Spotlight/Shadows

Monday, April 24
  • Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Location: River Roast, 315 North LaSalle Street
  • Tickets: $40 per person
Readers: Chef Stephanie Izard, Mike Gebert (journalist), Julia Thiel (journalist), Chef Carrie Nahabedian and Chef Erling Wu-Bower. Expected guests: 130 - 150. Proceeds benefit JBF scholarship to Chicago area culinary student.

Chef Lee Wolen & Chef Jeremy Fox Luncheon

Saturday, April 29
  • Time: 11:30am - 3:00pm
  • Location: BOKA, 1729 North Halsted Street
  • Tickets: $85 for ticket; $35 for wine pairings at the event - includes a signed copy of On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen
An intimate five-course lunch event with James Beard nominated Chef Jeremy Fox and Chef Lee Wolen, featuring recipes from Fox’s highly anticipated debut cookbook,On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen. Guests will taste dishes created by Wolen and Fox, with both chefs on hand to explain the inspiration and details behind each recipe

The All-Star Culinary Bash

Saturday, April 29
  • Location: Morgan’s on Fulton, 950 West Fulton Street
  • Tickets: $100 per person
  • Time: 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Morgan’s on Fulton presents The Iconoclast Dinner Experience (IDE) All-Star Culinary Bash, hosted by Joseph “JJ” Johnson celebrating JBF recognized chefs of color. Enjoy free flowing wine, spirits, and culinary offerings by some of the country’s most trailblazing chefs. Guests will have the opportunity to meet, interact with, and enjoy exceptional cuisine from these leading chefs. 100% of net proceeds from this event benefits Spelman College students from Jamaica and sub-Saharan African countries. Tax deductible to fullest extent of the law.

Participating Chefs:
Jamilka Borges (Spoon, Pittsburgh) 2015 JBF Rising Star Chef Award Semifinalist
Aya Fukai (Maple & Ash, Chicago) 2017 JBF Outstanding Pastry Chef Award Semifinalist
Joseph "JJ" Johnson (Minton's Harlem, NYC) 2015 JBF Rising Star Chef Award Semifinalist
Digby Stridiron (Balter, St. Croix), 2014 JBF Bootcamp Alumni

Miami Tacoteqa Takeover

Saturday, April 29
  • Time: 10:00pm - 2:00am
  • Location: Freehand Chicago, 19 East Ohio Street
  • Free Admission
Miami’s 27 Restaurant Executive Chef Jimmy Lebron & Bar Manager Bobby Eldridge of the James Beard Award Semi-finalist Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami are taking over Tacoteqa! Freehand Chicago’s late night taco shop will offer bites and cocktails inspired by the Miami team for one night only.

BOKA x Shake Shack x Milk Bar x Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits Backyard BBQ

Sunday, April 30
  • Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Location: BOKA, 1729 North Halsted Street
  • Tickets: $40 per person (excluding tax and gratuity)
Celebratory party in BOKA’s backyard featuring a Shake Shack collab burger made by James Beard nominated Chef Lee Wolen. BOKA will serve appetizers, wine and cocktails, along with a variety of desserts from Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar and pie from Bang Bang Pie.

avec x Sofra Bakery Brunch Collaboration

Sunday, April 30
  • Time : 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Location : avec, 615 West Randolph Street
Outstanding Pastry Chef nominee, Maura Kilpatrick, of Oleana Restaurant Group and Sofra Bakery will join avec’s Chef de Cuisine, Perry Hendrix, for a one-time-only brunch collaboration. The special brunch menu will feature a variety of Sofra's Middle Eastern-inspired brunch dishes in addition to avec’s regular brunch items.


Trash Tiki

Sunday, April 30
  • Time: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: Broken Shaker at Freehand Chicago, 19 East Ohio Street
  • Tickets: Free admission, cocktails and bites available for purchase
Broken Shaker at Freehand Chicago & Fords Gin welcome the acclaimed, London-based bartenders Kelsey Ramage (Dandelyan) and Iain Griffiths (Mr Lyan) for their first U.S. pop-up of Trash Tiki. Enjoy anti-waste tiki cocktails made from unsold ingredients, by-products and other raw materials destined for the trash.

Rockit Ranch Productions hosts Otto Mezzo Cocktail Party with Charles Joly

Sunday, April 30
  • Hours: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Location: Otto Mezzo, 311 West Chicago Avenue
  • Ticket: $50 per person
On Sunday, April 30, Rockit Ranch Productions and soon-to-be-open Italian cocktail bar, Otto Mezzo, is hosting a cocktail party. Otto Mezzo partners Kevin Hickey and Brandon Phillips, will be mixing up drinks with James Beard Award Winning bartender, Charles Joly! Guests will enjoy Italian bites and cocktails from the new menu.


Common Threads Chef Takeover fueled by Circuit of the Americas

Sunday, April 30
  • Time: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Location: Prime & Provisions Steakhouse, 222 North LaSalle Street
  • Tickets: $175, Chef’s Table Tickets: $250
Common Threads, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education, just announced the launch of Common Threads Chef Takeover Fueled by Circuit of The Americas. The pop-up dinner series consists of five one-night-only ticketed events throughout the country, beginning with Chicago on April 30.

Each event in the series features a group of renowned chefs collaborating to create a themed meal ranging from the revival of a world-famous menu from the past to a cultural fusion spanning the culinary map. The Chicago event will focus on a Charlie Trotter-inspired menu, featuring acclaimed chefs: Chef Fabio Viviani, Chef Brad Kilgore, Chef Anita Lo, Chef JJ Johnson and Chef Dana Cree.

Master Sommelier, Serafin Alvarado, will curate the wine pairings for this unique dinner experience. The evening will also include an opening reception with small bites prepared by Chef Jeremy Leven of mfk. restaurant and a group of Common Threads students, a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and a special guest musical performance. Joining TV personality and author Adam Richman, award-winning journalist Tamron Hall and Food & Wine Magazine’s Gail Simmons will act as honorary chairs for the series. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to

Three Dots and a Dash Cocktail Takeover Event

Sunday, April 30
  • Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: Three Dots and a Dash, 435 North Clark Street
  • Tickets: Event is free to attend and open to the public. No tickets necessary.
On Sunday, April 30th, world-renowned tiki bar Three Dots and a Dash will host a cocktail takeover event with Dirty Dick from Paris and Trick Dog from San Francisco. The teams from the wildly popular neo-tiki bar and the acclaimed James Beard Award-nominated cocktail lounge, respectively, will join Beverage Director Julian Cox for a very rare appearance in Chicago to celebrate the James Beard Foundation Awards.

From 5-8pm, guests will be treated to exclusive creations from masters of tiki Julian Cox, who will be previewing several cocktails that will appear on the new Three Dots menu the following week; Scott Shruder, who founded Dirty Dick and OFTD Plantation Rum; and the Bon Vivants team behind Trick Dog, who will be promoting their latest endeavor - the Trick Dog Mural Project. The book, which doubles as their cocktail menu, will be on sale at the event, with proceeds going to two non-profits in San Francisco.

The limited-time-only menu will be available on Sunday, April 30 and Monday, May 1, from 5-8pm. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Three Dots and a Dash is located at 435 N. Clark.

Frontera 30th Anniversary

Sunday, April 30
  • Time: Symposium: 5:30PM, VIP and General Receptions: 6:30-8:30PM
  • Location: Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing, 159 East Monroe Street
  • Tickets: $500 per ticket
Rick Bayless’ Frontera Farmer Foundation is joining with Chicago-based nonprofit FamilyFarmed for a one-of-a-kind party featuring a star-studded discussion on the future of Good Food and tastings from an all-start lineup of chefs. All proceeds from the celebration will benefit the organizations’ efforts to promote family farming and a healthier, more sustainable food system.

Global Cities, Culinary Soft Power

Sunday, April 30
  • Hours: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
  • Location: Vermilion, 10 West Hubbard Street
  • Tickets: $95 per person
Hosted by James Beard Foundation, World Business Chicago, Choose Chicago & Vermilion: A panel & cocktail reception event that examines a key ability of cities to attract and retain people, with a particular focus on Chicago. Food is a crucial form of soft power that continues to scale new heights of prominence and significance in our ever globalizing world. Panel of leading city leaders and celebrity chefs/restaurateurs (Daniel Boulud, Andrew Zimmern, Stephen Starr, David Whitaker, Rohini Dey, moderated by Susan Ungaro, President JBF). Vermilion's indian-latin cocktails & appetizers served. Half of proceeds to the JBF Women's Leadership Program.

Cure x The Violet Hour Takeover

Sunday, April 30
  • Time: 10:00PM - 2:00AM
  • Location: The Violet Hour, 1520 West Damen Avenue
  • Tickets: First come, First served; no tickets or reservations
For the second year in a row, New Orleans’ Cure is taking over The Violet Hour with plenty of Dixie, collaborative cocktails and southern bites from Café Henri. The special event will offer a thoughtfully curated (pun intended) menu with limited Cure-inspired beverage selections, signature cocktails from The Violet Hour and snacks from Fredo/Café Henri.

Chicago's Premier Brewpubs and Breweries Under One Roof

Monday, May 1
  • Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm
  • Location: Band of Bohemia, 4710 North Ravenswood Avenue
  • Tickets: $25 ticket to enter *this fee gets an attendant a glass and all beer, from there guests will buy tickets in $2 increments- these tickets can be used to purchase food.
The event is showcasing Band of Bohemia, Half Acre, Three Floyds, 18th Street, Forbidden Root, Revolution, Off Color, Pipeworks and Dark Matter Coffee.

James Beard Industry Night at Rockit

Monday, May 1
  • Time: 11:30pm - 2:00am
  • Location: Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 West Hubbard Street
  • Tickets: Reservations can be made by calling (312) 645-6000
Chef Mike Sheerin invites all industry in town for the James Beard Awards to special industry offers on Monday, May 1. Industry will receive 50% off Chef Sheerin’s menu and some drinks, including all draft beers, Jameson, Bud Light, Absolut and Avion from 11:30AM-2:00AM. The evening will feature select food and drinks where a portion of the proceeds is donated to the James Beard Foundation. Reservations can be made by calling (312) 645-6000.

Prune Takeover at Nico Osteria (featuring chef Gabrielle Hamilton)

Tuesday, May 2
  • Time: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Location: Nico Osteria, 1015 N Rush Street
  • Tickets: Reservation or walk-ins (pending availability); menu items available a la carte
For one night only, JBFA Outstanding Chef finalist, Gabrielle Hamilton, of the popular East Village bistro, Prune, will bring her award-winning New American fare to Nico Osteria for an exclusive restaurant takeover on Tuesday, May 2. Chef Gabrielle Hamilton (JBFA Outstanding Chef finalist) will join chef Erling Wu-Bower (JBFA Best Chef: Great Lakes nominee) and chef Paul Kahan (JBFA Outstanding Chef winner) for this one-night-only restaurant takeover. Nico Osteria’s dinner menu will transform to feature 15-20 specialty Prune dishes and delicious Prune cocktails.

Publican Quality Meats Burger Night featuring Shake Shack & No. 7 Subs

Tuesday, May 2
  • Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: Publican Quality Meats, 825 West Fulton Market
  • Tickets: First come, first served
Publican Quality Meats will kick-off their annual summer Burger Night series with cult-favorite, Shake Shack and NYC-based sandwich shop, No. 7 Subs! The evening will feature PQM’s signature burger and special “dueling” burgers crafted by Shake Shack’s culinary director, Mark Rosati and No. 7 Subs chef/owner, Tyler Kord. In addition to limited-time-only burgers, guests will also enjoy copious amounts of bourbon and beer. First come, first served.

James Beard Awards Sponsors
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Gala Reception
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