Chances are you’ll be hungry on Thursday so why not plan ahead and get tickets for Common Threads’ second annual World Cookout? The event, which takes place at Fulton’s on the River from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., will see some of Chicago’s best chefs coming together to cook and raise awareness for Common Threads, a Chicago based non-profit that teaches low-income children how to cook healthy and affordable meals to help prevent childhood obesity and celebrate cultural differences.
On Tuesday morning, Top Chef Stephanie Izard, chef/owner of the Girl & The Goat, helped open the Nettelhorst Community Kitchen at Lakeview’s Nettelhorst School; it was designed by designer Nate Berkus with help from Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn. The beautiful modern white kitchen with brand new appliances and utensils will serve as a bridge between home and school, with cooking becoming a part of the curriculum. Similar to the program put in place by Art Smith’s Common Threads foundation, the Nettelhorst Community Kitchen will help kids learn how to prepare healthy meals and see where their food comes from.
Mercadito already makes some kick ass tacos, but throughout the next year, they’re taking things up a notch with their Guest Chef Taco Series called Tacos for Strength.
The restaurants, located in New York, Chicago and Miami, have tapped the likes of Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat), Ryan Poli (Perennial), Jimmy Bannos, Jr. (Purple Pig) and Michael Fiorello (Mercat a la Planxa) from Chicago; Wylie Dufresne (wd-50), Peter Hoffman (Savoy) and Rodelio Aglibot (BLT) from New York; and Michael Schwartz (Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink), Clay Conley (Azul) and Thomas Buckley (Nobu) from Miami to create special tacos for Mercadito to raise funds and awareness for Share Our Strength, a nationwide organization that works to stamp our childhood hunger.
Is his first post in eons on his Hungry Mag website, food writer Michael Nagrant writes up a pretty sharp-shootin’, snarky review of the Girl and the Goat. We’re not sure if this is a tongue-in-cheek look at the restaurant, pulling together comments and observations from around town over the last few weeks or if he’s truly bummed he didn’t get an autograph from celeb chef Stephanie Izard. It is pretty funny that he referred to owner Kevin Boehm as George Michael and love that he called out just how insanely hard it is to get a reservation (and not to bust his cover, but we saw him there around 8 p.m. on a Thursday, not the “midnight” reservation he writes about. Just sayin…). In the end, he did give the restaurant three stars, but would’ve given four if not for the server dressed in all black he thought “was a hipster ninja about to cut me down with a Chinese star.” Ah, good times in food criticism.
Sometimes we eat because we’re hungry. Other times we eat because the food in front of us looks too good to pass by. And then we eat because we want to support a good cause. Such is the case with the Speakeasy Throwback, a benefit for the Shawn Koch Foundation that will return the historic Palmer House to its Prohibition-era sizzle.
Join Chef Phillip Foss on Aug. 5 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. as he gathers some of Chicago’s favorite chefs in the ornate Empire Room for an evening pairing local distilleries with a plate from a well-known Chicago chef. Participating distilleries include Koval, North Shore, Death’s Door Spirits, Templeton Rye, Hum Botanical Spirits, Rare Tea Cellars, the Paramount Room and La Colombe, which will provide coffee.
The staff at the Girl & The Goat is going to need a drink after the rush of people they’re about to get: The restaurant took 700 reservations … in the first hour. This isn’t for the first day, of course, but either way, the number of calls they got this morning shows Chicago is truly ready to see if Stephanie Izard will earn her Top Chef title. We liked it. Did you get a reservation?
We don’t know about you but we are R-E-A-D-Y for the Girl & The Goat to open. The anticipation of Stephanie Izard’s restaurant has had everyone’s panties in a bunch and we’re thrilled to report that the official opening date is this Monday, July 12. Foodie stopped by the restaurant Wednesday night and we believe people will think it was worth the wait. This is definitely not a review, rather our first impressions of the Goat.
What started with one restaurant and a cell-phone booth is quickly growing into one of Chicago’s hottest restaurant empires. The Boka Group, which currently owns Boka, Perennial and Landmark (all of which always have excellent offers on Foodie) and will be opening the Girl & The Goat with Stephanie Izard in the next few weeks (fingers crossed!), recently took over the River North space that housed Tizi Melloul. Boka Group co-owner Kevin Boehm told Chicago mag’s Dish last week that they’ve always “loved this location, and so we were always interested if the space ever came up. We are still working on what we are doing there conceptually.” So there’s no news on what sort of restaurant it’ll be, who will helm the kitchen or when it’ll open, but we’ll keep you posted as we get news.
Foodie took a trip to Stephanie Izard’s hotly anticipated new restaurant the Girl & The Goat and we can happily report that it’s beautiful. Izard, her partners (Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz of the Boka Group) and their design team, 555 International, have thought of everything. From the reclaimed wood, exposed brick, half-wall of glass, sliding ladder (yes, there’s a sliding ladder!), reclaimed fireplaces above the bar and more, people will be talking about the Goat’s aesthetics as much as the food.
When you first enter the West Loop space near the corner of Halsted and Randolph you feel like it’s been there forever. The rustic feeling captures a sense of a lived-in space but the elements like the African walnut bar, the natural burlap wall treatments (by Wolfson Earth Finishes) and the floor-to-ceiling windows let you know this is a fresh, new place.