Chef Bill Kim and Cornerstone Restaurant Group bring back Ramenfest, for its sixth year—with a new twist.
The annual noodle showdown is moving to Time Out Market, the new food hall where Kim operates a restaurant. Ramenfest challenges 20 Chicago chefs to create their take on the traditional dish. At the event, guests and judges vote on who takes home the crown.
Ramenfest 2020 participants include chefs who also operate restaurants in Time Out Market, including Abe Conlon, Brian Enyart and Jennifer Jones Enyart, Brian Fisher, Edward Kim, John Manion, Kevin Hickey, Thai Dang and many more. The full chef line-up with surprise guest chefs will be announced in the coming weeks.
The partnership between Time Out Market and Ramenfest is a natural fit given their parallel missions. The food hall brings the flavors, diversity and creativity of Chicago cuisine under one roof, while Ramenfest showcases chefs’ out-of-the-box, varying interpretations of the traditional Japanese dish.
More tickets will be available for this year’s event than ever before given the capacity of Time Out Market. As in years past, it is expected to sell out quickly. A portion of the proceeds will help support Ramenfest’s charity partner, Inspiration Kitchens, and its programs for individuals affected by homelessness and poverty.
WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 29. VIP ticket holders gain entry an hour early at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Time Out Market Chicago, 916 W. Fulton Market
TICKETS: General admission tickets start at $75 per person and include unlimited ramen tastings, two drink tickets, access to spirit tastings and a gift card to urbanbelly. VIP tickets start at $125 per person and include all of the above, plus early entry at 4 p.m. and access to the VIP lounge with open bar for one hour, a signature ramen bowl, limited-edition Ramenfest t-shirt, access to the VIP lounge, a Time Out Market gift certificate and a signed copy of Bill Kim’s debut cookbook, Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces.
Pre-sale tickets are available now on Eventbrite here. Tickets go on sale to the general public February 12.