As if we needed further evidence that Chicago is the cream of the culinary crop in the U.S., StarChefs is rolling into town to honor our city's emerging talents at the StarChefs Rising Stars Gala on June 8.
The Gala, hosted by one of the country's preeminent restaurant industry magazines, serves as validation for Chicago as a breeding ground of fresh restaurant talent, from chefs and pastry chefs to bartenders and sommeliers. Hosted at Lincoln Park Zoo's Cafe Brauer by Levy Restaurants, the event is the perfect opportunity to sample the stylings of 20 of Chicago's top-tier restaurants, all under one roof.
The talent pool here is deep. Restaurants in attendance under the "Chef" category include John Clark and Beverly Kim of Parachute (above), the cutting-edge Korean-American restaurant racking up the accolades in Avondale; Abraham Conlon of the perpetually packed Macanese mainstay Fat Rice (at top) in Logan Square; Harold Jurado of Avondale's Japanese stunner, Yusho; and Lee Wolen of Lincoln Park's BOKA (below).
Greg Biggers is the resident hotel chef, representing Cafe des Architectes and Chestnut Provisions at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower; Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp are holding down as community chefs from Honey Butter Fried Chicken; and Art and Chelsea Jackson are the sustainability chefs from Pleasant House Bakery.
Pastry chefs in attendance are Greg Mosko from NoMI Kitchen and Anna Posey of The Publican. Bartenders serving up drinks for the evening are Jacyara de Oliveira of Sportsman's Club and Tyler Fry of The Violet Hour (which just won Best Bar at the James Beard Foundation Awards, by the way). Finally, there's brewers Dave Bleitner and John Laffler of Off Color Brewing and sommelier Ryan Arnold from Lettuce Entertain You. The event will also feature special recognition to restaurateurs, bartenders, sommeliers, mentors and more.
If you'd like to attend this grand foodie fest, tickets are $115 per person, with VIP tickets going for $160. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit here.
Photos: Fat Rice; Parachute; BOKA; The Violet Hour