On Thursday, October 3rd from 6-10pm, 826CHI will be hosting their 5th annual culinary gala, Eat Your Words, at the Chicago Cultural Center. This evening will unite Chicago's culinary and literary worlds in support of young Chicago writers. Featuring small plates from such restaurants as Momotaro, Swift & Sons, Good Fortune, and City Mouse, cocktails from Scofflaw and Moneygun, and dessert from Cabra and Milk Bar, Eat Your Words is a night of stories, food, and company.
At this year's Eat Your Words, they will be trying something new: an Iron Chef-inspired cooking battle between two national culinary pros. Chefs Lee Wolen (Boka, Somerset, Devereaux) and Jimmy Papadopoulos (Bellemore) of Boka Restaurant Group will face off in Chicago's first-ever Chef Battle in support of 826CHI youth programming. Two student sous chefs with culinary credentials of their own will help the chefs tackle the six mystery ingredient baskets and produce an original dish in 30 minutes, and emcee Michael Muser (co-owner of Grace Restaurant and the soon-to-be-opened Ever) will provide live commentary on the competition.
Eat Your Words attendees will have front row seats to this live cooking competition, and 826CHI students will draw on their 826CHI creative writing experience to flash-write descriptions of the dishes on-the-spot. Only one chef/student team will win the Bejeweled Golden Toque, and the others will have to try again next year. Who will be the first winner of the 826CHI Chef Battle? Join 826CHI on October 3rd to find out!
826CHI is a nonprofit writing, tutoring, and publishing center dedicated to amplifying the voices of Chicago youth. They offer tuition-free writing programs to over 3,500 Chicago students annually; every single one of these students leaves their programs a published author.