As urbanbelly and Chef Bill Kim gear up for the fifth annual Ramenfest on February 17, ramen fans whose love of noodles can’t be contained to a single day will be able to get their fix via a pop-up dinner series at the Wicker Park restaurant.
Starting Thursday, Jan. 31, guests can enjoy one-day-only specials from Ramenfest guest chefs who will join Kim in the kitchen at 1542 N. Damen Ave. Each pop-up begins at 6 p.m. and runs until supplies last.
The schedule and ramen offerings are as follows:
Thursday, Jan. 31
Jesse Valenciana of Goose Island and Jacob Sembrano of Cruz Blanca: “Somewhere Between Heaven & Hell” combines beer-infused broth and coffee-rubbed pork belly into one spicy-sweet bowl that’s perfectly paired with local brews.
Thursday, Feb. 7
Rick Ortiz, Antique Taco: “It’s Nacho Ramen” has a tortilla broth base rounded out by spicy shishitos, scallions and queso crumbs.
Thursday, Feb. 28
Giuseppe Tentori, GT Prime: “Rye-men” is chock full of prime rib pastrami, cabbage and caraway.
Thursday, March 7
Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp, Honey Butter Fried Chicken: The Southern-tinged “HBFC Ramen” features pimento cheese dashi, egg noodles, candied jalapenos and, of course, fried chicken.
The Ramenfest pop-up specials are available for dine-in guests only.