Brass Heart

Collaboration Dinner at Brass Heart with Entente

Thursday, May 2

  • Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Location: Brass Heart, 4662 N. Broadway
  • Tickets: $185 inclusive of tax and gratuity

Chef Matt Kerney of Brass Heart and Chef Brian Fisher of Entente come together to create a progressive 12-course tasting menu experience.

Gramercy Tavern X Boka

Gramercy Tavern at Boka

Saturday, May 4

  • Time: 5 p.m.  – 9 p.m.
  • Location: Boka, 1729 W. Halsted St.
  • Tickets: $165, plus $75 (standard) or $125 (reserve) for wine pairing

Boka will host celebrated New York City restaurant Gramercy Tavern for a menu takeover. Chefs Mike Anthony and Lee Wolen, alongside Pastry Chefs Miro Uskokovic and Meg Galus, will create an eight-course menu highlighting favorite dishes from each restaurant. No stranger to the James Beard Awards, Gramercy Tavern has received nine awards in previous years including Outstanding Restaurant in 2008, Best Chef: New York City in 2012, and Outstanding Chef in 2015.

2019 Iconoclast Dinner All Star Culinary Bash

IDE All-Star Culinary Bash Hosted by VIKING + Chef Jaime Laurita

Saturday, May 4

  • Time: 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Location: VIKING, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 137
  • Tickets: $100

Kick off the James Beard Awards weekend festivities at the 2019 IDE All-Star Culinary Bash hosted by VIKING, celebrating James Beard Foundation-recognized chefs of color with free-flowing champagne, cocktails, 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. Net proceeds benefit Spelman College.

The Line

Brothers And Sisters at Broken Shaker

Saturday, May 4

  • Time: 9 p.m. –  1 a.m.
  • Location: Broken Shaker at Freehand Chicago, 19 E. Ohio St.
  • Tickets: Free entry

Brothers And Sisters from THE LINE DC will be popping up at Broken Shaker Chicago in celebration of the James Beard Awards. Join us for an exclusive menu, created by celebrated chefs Erik Bruner-Yang & Pichet Ong with cocktails by Todd Thrasher and music curated by J.Larroc.

Beard, Bubbles, Bloodys and Bacon- Eden

Beard, Bubbles, Bloodys and Bacon

Sunday, May 5

  • Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location: Eden, 1748 W. Lake St.

Eden’s brunch has become a favorite Chicago tradition. For one day only, chef/partner Devon Quinn presents a range of special dishes (in addition to favorite à la carte offerings) to commemorate the iconic James Beard. Along with a host of bubbly selections and new takes on the classics Bloody Mary, this special event presents a spirited and delicious way to toast to the beloved James Beard and his contributions to American cooking.

Sunda Brunch

James Beard Brunch Bash: A Celebration of Sunda’s 10 Year Anniversary

Sunday, May 5

  • Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location: Sunda Chicago, 110 W. Illinois St.
  • Tickets: $65 

Kick off James Beard weekend with Sunda’s James Beard Brunch Bash to celebrate Sunda’s 10-year anniversary. Join CEO/founder Billy Dec and executive chef/partner Michael Morales as they celebrate 10 incredible years with a menu celebrating their cultural and culinary roots, the islands of the Philippines.

Three Dots

Annual Tiki Luau & Pig Roast at Three Dots and a Dash

Sunday, May 5

  • Time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: Three Dots and a Dash, 435 N. Clark St.
  • Tickets: $50

Join Three Dots and a Dash and beverage director Kevin Beary as they welcome an acclaimed lineup of bartenders from around the world for its annual Tiki Luau & Pig Roast in celebration of the James Beard Awards. Enjoy original cocktails from a half dozen award-winning bars, including James Beard nominee Kimball House (Decatur, GA), Baba Au Rum (Athens, Greece), Leyenda (Brooklyn, NY), La Factoria (Puerto Rico) and The Atomic Lounge (Birmingham, AL). There will also be a pig roast and live entertainment both inside and out at Three Dots and a Dash.

Boka x Shake Shack

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

Sunday, May 5

  • Time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: BOKA, 1729 N. Halsted St.
  • Tickets: $50

For the 4th year, Shake Shack, Bang Bang Pie, and BOKA will join forces for a rollicking good time! New this year, the party will feature fried chicken sandwiches. For the first time ever in Chicago, Shake Shack will preview their Chick’n Parm Sandwich with Bianco Dinapoli tomato sauce, pancetta, parmesan cheese, and basil, and BOKA chef Lee Wolen will offer his famous fried chicken sandwich from sister restaurant, Somerset. Beverages, canapés, and sweets will be provided by Boka’s Meg Galus and Bang Bang Pie.

Izakaya Momotaro

Suzanne Cupps x Gene Kato's Izakaya Party

Sunday, May 5

  • Time: 6 p.m. –  9 p.m.
  • Location: The Izakaya at Momotaro, 820 W. Lake St. 
  • Tickets: $75

The Izakaya at Momotaro is excited to welcome Chef Suzanne Cupps from Union Square Hospitality’s Untitled at the Whitney! Come party with us from 6 – 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 5th. Your ticket includes entry to our party with too much food from both Chef Suzanne Cupps and Chef Gene Kato, an open bar, and curated music.

La Factoria

La Factoría Popup at Broken Shaker

Sunday, May 5

  • Time: 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Location: Broken Shaker at Freehand Chicago, 19 East Ohio Street
  • Tickets: Free entry

Puerto Rico's La Factoría will be popping up at Broken Shaker Chicago in celebration of the James Beard Awards. Enjoy a menu takeover by La Factoría with tunes by Melting Pot featuring Dave Mata, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, and King Tony.

The Violet Hour

The Violet Hour Guest Bar Takeover with Cure

Sunday, May 5

  • Time: 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Violet Hour, 1520 N. Damen Ave.

It’ll be business as usual in the front and a party in the back as The Violet Hour breaks the house rules and teams up with former staff member Kirk Estopinal and owner of New Orlean's Cure for a raucous bar takeover and night of unexpected cocktails. Open to the public and hosted in The Violet Hour’s back two salons, drinks will be available à la carte from both bars, which were both recognized with James Beard Awards for “Outstanding Bar Program.” Plus, bartenders from around the country will also pop into the Wicker Park speakeasy to stir up some surprise cocktails. 

Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast

Monday, May 6

  • Time: 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Location: Broken Shaker at Freehand Chicago, 19 E. Ohio St.

Join us in celebrating Broken Shaker, coast to coast! Broken Shaker Chicago welcomes our sisters, Christine Wiseman, Courtney Lane, and Yoli Baez, the women behind our cocktails, from Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City. Enjoy a menu takeover, featuring Chef Jimmy Leblon from Broken Shaker Miami.

Bar Fight Club

Bar Fight Club

Monday, May 6

  • Time: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Location: Fulton Market Kitchen, 311 N. Sangamon
  • Ticket: $20, all proceeds goes to Chicago Style’s charity partners, including the James Beard Foundation Women’s Leadership Program and Chicago Period Project

Fords Gin and Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal are thrilled to announce that Bar Fight Club 2019 will return to kick off the second annual forward-thinking Chicago Style cocktail conference. Bar Fight Club is a competitive evening that celebrates the best of the bar industry highlighting creative cocktails, superb hospitality, a sense of community, and the drive for a more inclusive industry. This year’s event will be held on Monday, May 6, immediately after the James Beard Foundation Awards at Fulton Market Kitchen from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Competitors include: Existing Conditions (New York), Good Measure (Chicago), Johnny’s Gold Brick (Houston), Nickel City (Austin, Texas), Pretty Ugly (Toronto), and True Laurel (San Francisco).

Marc Vetri Pizza Party

Marc Vetri Pizza Party

Tuesday, May 7

  • Time: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Location: avec, 615 W. Randolph St.
  • Ticket Details: $35

One Off Hospitality’s executive chef-partner Paul Kahan (James Beard Award Winner, 2004 Best Chef: Great Lakes, 2013 Outstanding Chef) invites longtime friend Marc Vetri (2015 recipient of Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic and 2019 Outstanding Chef nominee) of Vetri Cucina in Philadelphia and Las Vegas to take over the ovens of the acclaimed Mediterranean restaurant avec to throw the best pizza party ever in Chicago’s West Loop. Come hang with Kahan and the author of the recently debuted Mastering Pizza, as Vetri and avec's chef de cuisine Perry Hendrix crank out pie after pie utilizing recipes straight from the book. A rocking playlist, à la carte beverages such as the classic Aperol spritz, wine, and beer, and good times will also be served to keep the festivities going in avec’s notoriously intimate and award-winning space.

Chicago Style

Chicago Style

Monday, May 6 – Thursday, May 9

  • Location: Ace Hotel Chicago, 311 N. Morgan St.
  • Tickets: $60 per day

Chicago Style is a forward-thinking cocktail conference held May 6 – 9, 2019 with seminars, panels, and parties taking place at the Ace Hotel Chicago and throughout the city. Equal parts think and drink, Chicago Style is a gathering of diverse voices centered on the state of our local, national, and international cocktail communities. By sharing notes from behind the bar, Chicago Style is designed to nurture the genuine connections and thoughtful conversations that lead to growth and change.