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In a city of food-lovers, we delve into the world of emerging and exciting food & beverage businesses in Chicago.
Join some of Chicago's top food entrepreneurs as they will share their journey, entrepreneurial struggles, including the business definition process, fundraising, brand building, etc and what it really takes to launch and run a successful food & beverage business in Chicago. Specifically, we'll focus on how chefs are exploring the world of consumer packaged goods.
The panel discussion will be followed by a drinks, bites, and networking.
Made in Chicago Week 2016
This event is a part of our second annual Made in Chicago Week 2016, a series of free events and workshops highlighting all the great things being made in our city. We're bringing together people from all backgrounds and industries - including tech, design, media, and food to foster collaboration through education. We’ve got an incredible lineup of events, panel discussions, free classes, and celebrations to welcome great times ahead. Check out all the details here!
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Award-winning Chef Bill Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to the United States at age 7. His first formal kitchen duty – roasting sesame seeds and grinding them using a mortar and pestle – sparked his interest in pursuing a culinary career.
Chef Kim’s expansive culinary background spans a wide range of varied cuisines. After studying classic French cooking at Kendall College, Chef Kim pursued opportunities to work alongside industry greats including Pierre Pollin at le Titi de Paris in Arlington Heights, IL and Jean Banchet at Ciboulette in Atlanta. From there, Chef Kim served as sous chef at notable kitchens throughout the country including the renowned four-star Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, Bouley Bakery in New York and Susanna Foo in Philadelphia. After several years on the East Coast, he was drawn back to Chicago to serve as chef de cuisine at Charlie Trotter’s before taking the helm of French-Asian Le Lan.
Chef Kim is widely considered to be a pioneer in the movement of fine dining chefs introducing casual concepts. In 2008 he opened urbanbelly, a bustling communal-seating restaurant featuring creative and soul-satisfying noodle, dumpling and rice dishes. One year later, Chef Kim paid tribute to his Korean heritage and his wife’s Puerto Rican background by opening Belly Shack, a confluence of Asian and Latin flavors in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. In August 2012, Chef Kim opened bellyQ, a modern Asian barbecue concept on Chicago’s thriving Randolph Street. After five successful years operating urbanbelly in Avondale, Chef Kim expanded the menu and relocated the restaurant to reside alongside bellyQ in the West Loop. A second urbanbelly location opened in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood in early 2016.
Eric Mansavage, a proud product of Steven’s Point, Wisconsin is passionate about working with local farmers and growers to bring the freshest local produce, meats and dairy to Farmhouse Tavern. Eric’s core philosophy is simple, approachable and carefully crafted foods based on the culinary heritage of the Midwest. Under Eric’s direction, the Farmhouse kitchen has become known for delicious, locally sourced foods executed with tremendous technique. Eric has led our efforts to reach out to various farm-to-fork non-profits and looks forward to taking Farmhouse to the next level in Evanston.
When he opened Lillie’s Q in 2010, Chef Charlie McKenna brought award-winning competition BBQ and timeless Southern cooking to the city of big shoulders. McKenna and Lillie’s Q have garnered critical praise and awards from both local Chicago and national media – including being named “Best New BBQ Restaurant in the Country” by Food & Wine magazine in 2011.
Florida State University alum, McKenna graduated from New York’s Culinary Institute of America in 2000, and cooked under legendary chef Norman Van Aken in Florida, before becoming a sous chef at two of Chicago’s four-star fine-dining landmarks: Tru and Avenues in the Peninsula Hotel. During that time, McKenna also won numerous awards on the competition BBQ circuit including a first place win at Memphis In May - which is widely regarded as the world championship of BBQ.
Opening Lillie’s Q (named for his South Carolinian grandmother, Lillie and his father, Quito) allowed McKenna to return to his BBQ roots - slow smoking pork shoulder, tri tip, baby back ribs, hot links, and chicken in custom-built smokers over peach wood and lump charcoal. Shortly after opening the restaurant, McKenna rolled out a food truck, the Lillie’s Q Meat Mobile, and then opened a Lillie’s Q outpost in the Chicago French Market in Chicago’s West Loop in February 2013. McKenna also co-owns a Lillie’s Q in Destin, Florida with his parents, who operate the location.
After gaining recognition for the award-winning sauces he was serving in the restaurant, McKenna began bottling them and now Lillie’s Q Sauces & Rubs can be found at Crate & Barrel, West Elm, and at a number of other retailers. In addition to the classics (Smoky, Hot Smoky, Carolina, E.N.C., Ivory, Carolina Gold, and Hot Pepper Vinegar), every few months McKenna creates a limited edition bourbon-barrel aged sauce that takes BBQ to a whole new level.
David Manilow Creator & Executive Producer of Check, Please! Host of Chat, Please!
David Manilow is the Creator and Executive Producer of the Emmy Award and James Beard Award-winning television series “Check, Please!”, celebrating its fifteenth season on PBS stations throughout the country. David has interviewed more than 500 chefs and restaurateurs and been named one of the top ten most important people in the Chicago restaurant scene. Chicago magazine and the Chicago Tribune have coined the phrase, "The Check, Please! Effect" because of the amazing amount of new customers a restaurant receives after being featured on the show.
David was born and raised Chicago and lives on the north side with his wife, four kids and dog, Fredo.
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