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This year marks the fifth annual James Beard Eats Week presented by Choose Chicago and the Illinois Restaurant Association, and more than 100 restaurants and their chefs citywide will create customized dishes or menus inspired by the James Beard Foundation's namesake chef or host events celebrating all things JB. Below are some of the spots to hit during the 10-day celebration of the chef:

The Kitchen Chicago

The Kitchen Chicago is celebrating their chef peers as Chicago once again hosts the James Beard Foundation Awards. The culinary team has collaborated on a dish to commemorate the city-wide celebration by making Maple Leaf Farms Duck Two Ways-pan seared breast & confit leg with spring asparagus salad, rhubarb, charred ramps, pickled baby carrots & blueberry demi.

Duck Two Ways
Duck Two Ways at the Kitchen Chicago (Photo Courtesy of The Kitchen Chicago)

Saturday, May 4
Boka (1729 W. Halsted) will host NYC restaurant Gramercy Tavern for a menu takeover. Chefs Mike Anthony and Lee Wolen, alongside Pastry Chefs Miro Uskokovic and Meg Galus, will create an 8-course menu highlighting favorite dishes from each restaurant. No stranger to the James Beards Awards, Gramercy Tavern has received nine awards in previous years including “Outstanding Restaurant” in 2008, “Best Chef: New York City” in 2012, and “Outstanding Chef” in 2015. 

Time 5-9pm - $165/person with optional beverage pairings.
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Sunday, May 5
Three Dots and a Dash (435 N Clark St) and beverage director Kevin Beary will welcome a lineup of bartenders from around the world for their annual Tiki Luau & Pig Roast in celebration of the James Beard Awards. Guests can enjoy original cocktails from a half dozen bars, including JB nominees Kimball House (Decatur, GA), Ticonderoga Club (Atlanta) and Dead Rabbit (NYC), plus Baba Au Rum (Athens, Greece), Leyenda (Brooklyn, NY), La Factoria (Puerto Rico) and The Atomic Lounge (Birmingham, AL). There will also be a pig roast and live entertainment both inside and out at Three Dots and a Dash.

Time 2-5pm - $50/person, includes three drinks and light food.
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The Izakaya at Momotaro (820 W Lake) will host NYC’s Untitled at The Whitney’s chef Suzanne Cupps. Her and chef Gene Kato will celebrate Japanese cuisine with several food stations throughout the space underneath Momotaro, as well as passed appetizers and cocktails. 

Time 6-9pm. Tickets are $75 for open bar, food (stations + passed appetizers) and curated music.
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