For the first time since 2019, the James Beard Awards, also known as the Oscars of the Food World, are taking place in person here in Chicago. The main awards ceremony will take place on Monday evening at the Lyric Opera House, but there will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate this weekend by eating, drinking and pressing the flesh of some of the country’s top chefs. Here is a list of events open to the public.
friday june 10
Bridgeport: Is your name James? Do you have a beard? If so, you’re in luck. Fabulous Freddie’s Italian Eatery is giving away free milkshakes all weekend to every Bearded James who buys a sandwich or entree. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, 701 W. 31st Street.
Sunday June 12
Humboldt Park: The Barda team, nominated for the JBF award for Best New Restaurant in Detroit, will spin the grill during a backyard barbecue at the Sportsman’s Club, which will provide the drinks. Later in the evening, the bartenders of Attaboy, a Nashville nominee for Outstanding Bar Program, will take over the bar. Sunday BBQ in the courtyard with Barda, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. or while supplies last; Attaboy Takeout, 9 p.m. to midnight, 948 N. Western Avenue.
Lake view: The Friends of James Beard host a dinner party at Wrigley Field’s center field, hosted by Matthias Merges (Folkart Restaurant Management) to benefit the James Beard Foundation’s Open for Good initiatives, which help support independent restaurants trying to recover of the pandemic. Tickets are $375 per person, and participating chefs include Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno), Josh Kulp (Honey Butter Fried Chicken), and Sandra Holl (Floriole). Stadium Chef Series at Wrigley Field, 5 p.m., 1060 W. Addison Street, tickets via Eventbrite.
Logan Square: Andros Taverna will serve the very famous and rarely seen modernist pizza in honor of chef Francisco Migoya, author of the book modernist pizzawho will be present and will sign books. Andros Taverna, 10 a.m. to noon, 2542 N. Milwaukee Avenue, reservations via Resy.
Logan Square: Doug Psaltis and Hsing Chen, the chef and pastry chef of Andros Taverna, host an all-day food tour through Logan Square. It starts at Andros Taverna, which will serve a brunch menu with dishes from James Beard’s American kitchenand continues through Logan Square Farmer’s Market, Estereo, Mini Mott, Taqueria Chingon, Longman & Eagle, and back to Andros for a nightcap. Logan Square Restaurant Crawl, all day, begins at 2542 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
Loop: The Langham Hotel will host a celebratory dinner based on James Beard’s cookbook American kitchen at his restaurant Travelle. Tickets are $150 per person and participating chefs include Justin Gomes (Travelle), Verlord Laguatan (Somerset) and Zubair Mohajir (Wazwan). Chef Collaboration Dinner, 5-10 p.m., 330 N. Wabash Avenue, tickets available through tack.
North River: Kevin Beary, beverage manager at Bamboo Room, the bar-within-a-tiki-bar inside Three Dots and a Dash, will be serving specialty rum-based cocktails throughout the evening. Customers must register for a one-hour time slot, which requires a $15 deposit. Evening at the Bamboo Room, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., reservations available via tack.
West Loop: Seasonal tasting menu restaurant Smyth and its brasserie sibling the Loyalist are usually closed on Sundays, but chefs John Shields and Karen Urie Shields will both open this week to celebrate the restaurant industry’s two-year renaissance of pandemic-related chaos – and their nomination for Best Chef, Great Lakes. An industry party, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., 177 N. Ada Streetreservations for Smyth and the Loyalist available through Tock.
Osier Park: The management of Violet Hour, the award-winning Beard speakeasy, hands over the reins to Alba Huerta, owner of Julep, a Houston bar that is a finalist for this year’s Outstanding Bar Program award, so she can show off her inspiration from the South. cocktails. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. Julep Takeover, 9 p.m. to midnight, 1520 N. Damen Avenue, reservations available through Violet Hour website.
Ukrainian Village: Sheldon Simeon, a former Excellent chef best-selling cookbook competitor and author Cooking the real Hawai’iwill be in residence at the Michelin-starred Filipino restaurant Kasama for a special Hawaiian brunch featuring three of his Maui Tin Roof restaurant’s signature dishes – Mochiko Fried Chicken, OG Combo and Pork Sinigang Verde – in addition to the usual Kasama. daily menu. Chicago x Hawai’i Brunch, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1001 N. Winchester Avenue.
tuesday june 14
North River: Bar Sótano will host a collaborative dinner with Chef Edgar Rico of Nixto Taqueria in Austin, Texas, Beard finalist for Best Emerging Chef. The menu includes two tacos from Nixta, one from Bar Sótano and a collaboration of the two restaurants, as well as aguachile and a dessert. Tickets are $60 per person. Aquí Comes Nixta, 5:30 p.m., 443 N. Clark, tickets available through Resy.
Around the city: Don’t feel like leaving the house? Here Here Market has assembled a pair of gift boxes filled with pantry items and condiments created by local Beard winners. It includes popcorn from Luella’s Southern Kitchen, pasta from Monteverde, and sauces from Mott Street, GT Fish and Oyster, and Little Goat. For sale online at Market website from here.