The Party to Celebrate James Beard Awards And A Fun After Party: Boka, Shake Shack, Bang Bang Pie, Lena Brava And Girl & The Goat
Last Monday at Lyric Opera here in Chicago was the James Beard Awards ceremony. This award ceremony is well known as “the Oscars” for the food world, chefs, and the food industry worldwide.
Congratulations to all of the Chicago winners of the 2016 James Beard Awards! Here are a few of the award winners:
Many local Chicago restaurants and bars threw great parties in honor of the awards last Sunday. I am lucky that I got into a few of the parties including at Boka Chicago and the after party at Lena Brava and Girl and the Goat.
Here are some photo snaps from the day’s celebrations.
- Collaboration Burger: Goat Gouda with fried cauliflower, dill mayo, and spiced red pepper jam. I wish I could have this burger for every Sunday Brunch!
These "Capital Oysters"; Apple and Celery give a fresh twist to the mignonette sauce for the fresh cold oyster.
Boka BBQ Drink: Almond Old Forester Bourbon with mango and Moroccan bitters garnished with fresh mint. This drink inspired the #jbfa party.
Lemongrass Syrup cocktail : gin, lemon, and lemongrass syrup.
Lena Brava: a preview of Lena Brava and after party of the James Beard Awards ceremony.
Congratulations are in order for chef Rick Bayless and his team for a job well done!
I was not prepared for the incredible night that I was stepping into at such a fine dining Mexican restaurant, who also happens to be the home of the largest mezcal selection in the city of Chicago. Their centerpiece is this "spunky” firewood pit in the back, which happens to be the most popular spot that everyone lines up at for amazing Black Cod Al Pastor tacos.
The staff continued to bringing out tasty small bites all night long. These taco bites came in 4 different choices from spicy hot, achiote, medium spicy, or mild with a garlic marinade. The Cruz Blanca Cervecería Brewery and Taqueria is also conveniently located right next door.
Here is their small bites list:
Oysters served with cucumber and Arbol chile, shaved ice with a smoky-spicy Salsa Negra, and green chile Adobo
Who doesn't like a good meatball? These SHRIMP ALBONDIGAS, will wow you! These are wood oven roasted meatballs made with Blue shrimp, Gunthorp pork shoulder, ginger, and cilantro topped with roasted tomato Chipotle sauce, and a micro green with a touch of Añejo cheese.
These Hiramasa tlayuda bites are packed with flavor and spice from Chimoy sauce.
-Black Cod Al Pastor taco from their spunky firewood oven with garlic, topped with Napa, salsa, and salsa verde.
-Black Cod Al Pastor taco from their spunky firewood oven with achiote, topped with Napa, salsa, and salsa verde.
-Short Rib Taco
Pork Cecina: red chile pork loin
Garlic-Agave and portobello mushroom
Caramel Apple Empanadas: this the perfect way to get your Caramel Apple fix without a fuss!
The Cruz Blanca is a new beer brewpub in the West Loop. They are passionate and inspired by Mexico's spirited flavors and lovely hospitality.
"Rick Bayless’s Cruz Blanca makes it clear that the West Loop spot is not like most other brewpubs." - Chicago Tribune
Cruz Blanca’s master brewer Jacob Sembrano is knowledgeable and gave me a tour of the brewery. Previously Sembrano worked for Goose Island Brewery for 6 years. In the spring of 2015, he made his transition to The Cruz Blanca Cervecería Brewery and Taqueria as their head/master brewer.
Here is the two Items that I tasted from The Cruz Blanca
**Winnow is an American Porter made with cocoa bean husks from Cocoa's chocolate program, with cocoa tobacco from Mexico roasted here at Lena Brava. This porter has a medium-body with a rich, dark, deep flavor from cocoa beans.
**La Guardia Rubia is a Blonde Biere de Garde, so think a pale malt meet Illinois honey. It has a dry finish with smooth and mild sweetness to the palate. It is bright golden in color.
This was a CIRCUS THEMED PARTY with delicious food bites from Stephanie Izard and Jamie Bissonnette. The party was packed with so many, different food and hospitality industry people, and celebrity chefs added to the mix making for an unforgettable night.
There were so many fun elements to this party including a fire dancer in the front, a goat-shaped ice luge, balloons, bright colors, a carnival popcorn cart, ice cream cart, and a carnival photo booth.
The Party menu included:
-Smoked Duck Drumettes with Buffalo Ranch from Jamie Bissonnette (@JAMIEBISS) AND Ken Oringer (@kenoringer).
Funnel cake with trout roe
Thank you for stopping by and reading my review article,
5/13/2016 10:11:14 am
Great review ! I love Rick Bayless
5/17/2016 10:04:54 pm
Looks like you had a great night!
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