2018 Chicago Rising Stars Tasting Menu

2018 Chicago Rising Stars Tasting Menu


Brian Ahern | Boeufhaus

Cecci bean cavatelli, merguez, chickpeas, chicken jus, caciocavallo cheese

Pete Coenen | Land and Sea Dept.

Beef tartare, guajillo chile emulsion, salsa verde, quail egg, gouda

Jimmy Papadopoulos | Bellemore

Venison tartare, trumpet mushrooms, turnips, pickled pear, finger lime, shiso   
Ryan Pfeiffer | Blackbird

Lobster congee, smoked chestnut consommé, smoked trout roe, lime zest
Noah Sandoval | Oriole

Butter-poached Alaskan king crab, black garlic aguachile, chicharron
Julie Warpinski | Big Star

Tacos de yuba guisado: yuba, tomato-guajillo salsa, onions, cilantro

Community Chef

Jonathan Zaragoza | Birrieria Zaragoza

Tacos suaderos: braised beef belly, avocado, rajas con crema, escabeche

Pastry Chefs
Leigh Omilinsky | Nico Osteria

Featured Dish: Chocolate torta, pistachio, bergamot, lemon-cardamom gel, buckwheat gelato
Pastry Chef Amanda Shepard | Lula Cafe

Featured Dish: Sticky toffee cake, butterscotch, matcha crumble, smoked dates, whipped cream

Pastry Chef Emily Spurlin | Bad Hunter

Featured Dish: Chocolate-beet crémeux, raspberries, seeded crisp


Kevin Beary | Three Dots and a Dash

Idle Hands: clarified banana rum, cane sugar, and lime 2.0
Kristina Magro | Prairie School

Fresa Fizz: gin, Sherry, tomato water, strawberry, lemon, soda

Guest Bartender

Liz Pearce | Aba

Espresso martini featuring Grey Goose vodka and Metric coffee



Charcutier Tony Fiasche | Tempesta Market

Charcuterie board featuring Wagyu pastrami
Baker Alexander Roman | Somerset

Assortment of artisan breads featuring negro mole croissant

Brewer Brian Taylor | Whiner Beer

Le Tub sour saison


Restaurateur Donna Lee | Brown Bag Seafood Co.

Teriyaki-scallion salmon veggie box


Michael Ciapciak | Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

Chicken pot pie


Andrew Algren | Cherry Circle Room
Leslie Lamont | Leña Brava

Pairings with the winners' dishes

VIP Reception: Levy Restaurants Host Chefs

Executive Chef Nick Santangelo | Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap
Executive Chef John Hogan + Chef de Cuisine Cedric Harden | River Roast
Executive Chef Josh Peterson | Motor Bar and Restaurant at the Harley Davidson Museum
Executive Chefs Danielle Kelly + Rodolfo “Smokey” Mariano | Lincoln Park Zoo
Executive Chef Joe Flamm + Chef Partner Tony Mantuano | Spiaggia