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Fried Chicken

Don’t stay cooped up this fall! Join Kendall College Trust (KCT) at its second annual Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest at the Kendall College Skyline Room (900 N. North Branch Street) on Saturday, October 22 from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.(30 minute early entry for VIP ticket holders).

Kendall College Trust Executive Director Catherine De Orio and host of WTTW Chicago’s “Check, Please!”, has gathered a dozen award-winning chefs who can make clucking awesome fried chicken to fry-up their take on this classic dish. They will compete for the honor of three different awards; The Golden Hen best fried chicken (as determined by a panel comprised of food media/experts); People’s choice; and Best table decor.

Kevin Rebhan of Pops for Champagne has curated an impressive VIP champagne lounge with an array of special champagnes to sip. Now that’s something to give a cluck about!

Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest Participating Chefs List

•             ACADIA: Ryan McCaskey

•             BOKA: Lee Wolen

•             FARMHOUSE: Eric Mansavage

•             FRONTIER : Brian Jupiter

•             HONEY BUTTER FRIED CHICKEN: Cam Waron and Becca Waron  (2015 People’s Choice Award winner)

•             LEGHORN: Jared Van Camp

•             PARACHUTE: Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark

•             PRIME & PROVISIONS: Joseph Rizza

•             PUB ROYALE: Nate Tano

•             SALERO/WOOD: Ashlee Aubin

•             THREE ACES/CHARLATAN: Matt Troost (2015 Golden Hen Award winner)

•             And more to be announced!

All event proceeds from Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest benefit Kendall College Trust, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization that raises scholarship funds for premier culinary and hospitality students with financial need at Kendall College. To date KCT has awarded 1.8 million dollars in scholarship funds.

Headlining sponsor: Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; Major event sponsors: Kendall College, Pops for Champagne, Harvestland/Perdue Foods, Patuxent, San Pellegrino, and US Foods.

Guests are encouraged to use the hashtags #coopsandcoupes and #birdsandbubbles to tweet or Instagram their experience and favorite dishes. Be sure to tag us in the post! @KendallTrustChi



Basic Bird $85: Includes tastings of each chef's fried chicken dish, accompaniments, desserts, sparkling water and five drink tickets (2 for bubbly and 3 additional) *.


Fancy Fowl $175: Includes all of the above PLUS 30-minute early entry to event and access into the Pops for Champagne pop-up lounge featuring an impressive selection of 8 to 12 reserve/premium champagnes on offer. * 

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