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Chef Carla Hall’s Esquire by Cooper’s Hawk Visiting Chefs menu debuts on June 29, 2022 and run through October 2, 2022. Carla, who first won over audiences on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars” and as the co-host of ABC’s lifestyle show, “The Chew”, is set to bring her Southern roots and signature flair to Chicago. For the first time ever in the Chicagoland area, Carla is joining the Esquire family as the next Chef in their rotating Visiting Chef Series. 

“Get ready, I’m bringing my style of everyday and celebration soul food to Chicago - one of my all-time favorite food cities. Working with Cooper’s Hawk and joining the delicious and varied Chicago culinary scene is such an exciting opportunity,” says Hall.

Through September 30, 2022, Carla’s guest menu for Esquire will blend modern and traditional family style cooking - honoring soul food’s heritage and personalizing it with her signature style. The menu will feature foods that mean a lot to her now and throughout her childhood - deviled eggs, Carla’s hot chicken, pickles, corn bread, mac and cheese, banana pudding, sweet tea and more. Dishes will be served alongside a wine pairing curated by Cooper’s Hawk Master Sommelier, Emily Wines. In addition to Carla's menu, Esquire’s Executive Chef Nate Henssler is serving menu items including The Prime Meatball, Hoisin Glazed Pork Belly, Roasted Loch Duar Salmon and the Esquire Prime Burger. Desserts include the venue's after-dinner options including as Mag Mile Sundae, Seven-Layer Chocolate Cake and the “Firefly”, a lemon tartufo, named after the first movie ever shown at the Esquire Theater.

“Carla Hall is high energy and all about great food and hospitality which makes her a natural fit for our Visiting Chef Series”, says Cooper’s Hawk CEO and Founder, Tim McEnery. “Her philosophy – to cook with love and celebrate food – will be an A-list experience for our guests and wine club members.”

Reservations open June 1 via Open Table.


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