The (Mostly) Veggie Affair of the Season
Green City Market has a knack for throwing can't-miss food events that engrain themselves as quintessential components of the local dining scene. See: the Green City Market Chef's BBQ in the summer, oft lauded as the real "Taste of Chicago" and consistently packed with top-tier chef talent from throughout Chicago. Now entering its second year, the Green City Market Junior Board's A (Mostly) Veggie Affair: Cheat on Meat or Go Whole Beast is sure to become the fall counterpart, an impressive collection of Chicago chefs and mixologists joining together for the foodie event of the season. The second annual event takes place November 13 at Chop Shop and is not to be missed.
The fall fundraiser event, which amasses funds for Green City Market, serves as a grandiose showcase for local ingredients, local purveyors, and of course the chefs and mixologists who utilize said ingredients. It's organized as a walk-around stationed tasting event, featuring an incredible arsenal of restaurants serving up vegetable-focused dishes, a nice departure from all the meat-centric fetes that take place around town. But should you crave some swine, a trio of chefs from the Junior Board will be cooking up their own takes on hog, "Three Little Pigs-style." Jared Batson of The Nomad Food Company LLC will prepare pork cooked over brick, Scott Manley of Table, Donkey and Stick will cook with wood, and Eric Mansavage of Farmhouse will cook with straw. Adorable, no?
The rest of the vegetable-oriented chefs in attendance include Abe Conlon of Fat Rice, Beverly Kim and John Clark of Parachute, Kim Leali of Nico Osteria, Isaac Magana of XOCO Wicker Park, Jared Van Camp from Element Collective's gamut of restaurants, Lee Wolen from BOKA, Bruce Sherman from North Pond, and of course Chop Shop. In addition to vegetables and pigs aplenty, the city's best bartenders will also be in attendance to booze things up. Featured mixologists include Will Duncan from Punch House, Robby Haynes and Henry Prendergast from Analogue, Wade McElroy and Jeff Donahue from Sportsman's Club, and Danny Shapiro from Scofflaw. Guests can also expect beer from Moody Tongue Brewery and Goose Island, along with bottled cocktails from Charles Joly's Crafthouse line. Dessert will come courtesy of Stan's Donuts & Coffee, Labriola Bakery Cafe, and Seasons Soda.
Tickets are $55 and can be purchased here.
It's an affair not to miss.
- Matt Kirouac