Author: Chef Julius
• Friday, August 03rd, 2018

We’ve extended our menu to include Bronzeville en Blanc and we look forward to help you plan an amazing dinner with friends! We can help make the night one to remember, and easier to manage!

Check out our full menu of apps and entrees, delivered to you.

Email us at or call 872-818-5368 for more info and to place orders. The deadline to confirm your orders is Thursday, September 6 at 5pm.

Crostini’s (Bruschetta, Jerk Steak, Goatcheese) A sourdough French baguette (that we make) is brushed with our housemade roasted garlic olive oil. We season it with our house salt, pepper & creole dust. After that, you get to build your own crostini, based on the options ordered – $7 per serving

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp with Crusty Bread (A NOLA staple. This is a classic recipe. It DOES NOT have a traditional BBQ sauce. It has New Orleans spices) – $10 per serving

Chef Julius’ Chicken Andouille Sausage Bites/Creole Mustard – $7 per serving

Blackened Chicken or Blackened Wild Salmon Wraps – $10 each

Crab & Quinoa Salad – $20/lb

Herb Roasted / Mango Jerk or Cuban Grilled Chicken Thighs* – $10 per serving

Charred Corn & Salmon Salad (local sweet corn, shallots, leeks, tomatoes, slow smoked salmon, olive oil, spices, sweet bell peppers, parsley, oregano & pimento) – $10 per serving

Patatas Bravas (Spanish Roasted Potatoes) * – $6 per serving

Grilled Lamb Lollipops* (4 options) – $4 each

French Green Beans with Heirloom Tomatoes & Summer Truffles (NOT Truffle Oil) – $10 per serving

Memphis Rubbed Ribs* (sauce on the side)- $12 per person (4-5 sparerib bones)

Roasted Salmon (10 varieties) * – $65 per WHOLE side

Shrimp & Chicken Jambalaya* – $10 per serving

Saffron Rice with Black Beans* – $7 per serving

Mediterranean Pasta Salad (tri-color pasta, roasted garlic olive oil, olives, roasted cauliflower, carrots, champagne vinaigrette, heirloom tomatoes, herbs and spices) – $7 per person

Watermelon Salad $10 each | Smoked Heirloom, Feta Cheese, Arugula, Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

Crabmeat Daniel Salad $14 each | Louisiana Jumbo Lump Crab, Cucumber Ribbons, French Dressing, Brandy, Chervil, Celery Root, Local Greens

Tuna Tartare $15 each | Raw Gulf Tuna, Avocado, Sweet Chili Sauce, Wasabi Mayonnaise, Caviar, Sesame Crackers

Crabmeat & Avocado Toast | Thai Lemongrass & Ginger Vinaigrette, Whipped Avocado, Cilantro, Thinly Sliced Serano Pepper

You can mix and match any items as you see fit. There are no minimums on any items outside of the WHOLE Salmon & the Crab & Quinoa Salad. Large items are delivered in aluminum pans. The other items are delivered in plastic containers with a white base and clear top.

Add Ons & Extras:

Wire Chafing Racks – $7 each

Chafing Fuel – $2 each

Clear Plastic Plate, plasticware & napkins (white) – $3 per person

Clear Plastic Champagne Flutes – $2.50 each

(*) – may require heat

Tax 10.25%

Delivery Charge – $10

Author: Chef Julius
• Wednesday, July 04th, 2018
The PopUP Series Continues with the The Deep South PopUP
A Little Fried…A Little Barbecued… And a WHOLE LOTTA SOUL!!!
Menu Details Coming Soon!!!
Chef Julius PopUp: The Deep South
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Location: To Be Announced
Doors Open for Dinner at 6:00pm
Dinner + Wine Ticket Price: $100
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Menu adjustments can be made for food allergies and restrictions.
ChefJulius PopUP: The Deep South Tickets

Author: Chef Julius
• Saturday, April 07th, 2018

Inspired by the popup’s newest home 8A5E (BASE), we are creating a posh indoor/outdoor BBQ experience called “The Smokehouse”. Everyone that knows Chef Julius is aware of his love affair with BBQ. And this is the 1st time he’s created an formal BBQ experience in Chicago (Last time was in Napa, see pics below from Uptown Uncorked presented by Lexus & Uptown Magazine ).

There are two ticket options: Dinner which includes BBQ, Beer and Wine and Premium that includes BBQ, Beer and Wine PLUS Seafood and Champagne.

Here’s just a few menu preview dishes:

Mango Jerk Chicken

Memphis Dry Rub Ribs

16 Hour Smoked Beef Brisket

Whole Wild “King” Salmon – Premium

Grilled Garlic Shrimp – Premium

Smoked Stone Crab Claws – Premium

Smoked Beef Short Rib Mac & Cheese

Charred Brussel Sprouts

Very Corny Cornbread with Ramp Butter

Charred Heirloom Tomato, Chickpea and Cucumber Salad

Get your tickets NOW!!!

Chef Julius PopUp: The Smokehouse
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Location: 8A5E (BASE) – 1200 W. 35th Street
Doors Open for Dinner at 6:00pm (NEW Start time)
Dinner Ticket Price: $85
Premium Ticket Price: $125

Author: Chef Julius
• Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

As always, we are super excited to announce the date of our next PopUp! Our theme and menu are still in development, as we’re on our way to food and wine excursion to New Zealand that we’re sure will inspire new dishes! So stay tuned as we explore new ways to wow you! In the meantime, grab a ticket and SAVE THE DATE!

The Chef Julius PopUp Experience
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Location: 8A5E (BASE) – 1200 W. 35th Street
Doors Open for Dinner at 6:00pm
Dinner Starts at 6:30pm
Dinner Ticket Price: $125
Ticket Options

Author: Chef Julius
• Wednesday, January 03rd, 2018

Happy New Year, from all of us at Tale of Two Chefs!!! And thank you again for your support throughout 2017. We know that it’s time for everyone to bundle up and head back to work and say goodbye to the vacation mindset. We also know that with your hard work and CRAZY cold temperatures, you don’t always have the energy or desire to cook. Let us take care of that for you.

Here is the new menu for our Weekly Meals drop off service in January & February. We bring the order to home or your workplace. All you have to do is just heat and serve. Great dining made simple, we got you covered. Send us an email with your order to and we will provide details on delivery logistics.

We look forward to you joining our Weekly Meals Family!

Stay Warm and Happy Eating!
Chef Julius Russell

Weekly Meals Menu

Cider Braised Chicken w/ Roasted Potatoes & Broccoli – $20

Chicken Marsala w/ Miatake Mushrooms & Fresh Pasta – $21

Ginger & Lemongrass Chicken Stir-Fry/ Jasmine Rice/ Charred Broccoli – $17

Pan Roasted Chicken with Potatoes/Sauteed Spinach, Kale or Cabbage – $20

Classic French Whole Roasted Chicken – $17

Turkey Meatloaf with Saffron Mashed Potatoes & Sauteed Spinach – $18

Your Favorite Chicken Burger/Quinoa/Charred Orange/Spicy Slaw – $12

Asian Cajun Turkey Burger Kit (Regular or Spicy*) with Roasted Potatoes – $12 (*add $3 for spicy)

Braised Cajun Turkey Wings, Scallion Rice & Sauteed Cabbage – $20

Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas/ Kitchen Rice – $16

Lori’s Chopped Salad  (Mixed Greens, Marinated Chickpeas, Duck Bacon, Chopped Eggs, Candied Pecans, Shallots, Sun Gold Tomatoes, Mango/Sauvignon Blanc Vinaigrette) -$16

Creole Shrimp with Parpadelle – $20

Blackened or Broiled Salmon/ Muffuletta Salad/Sauteed Cabbage – $20

Ginger Honey Glazed Salmon/ Coconut Rice/ Sauteed Broccoli – $22

Grilled Shrimp/ Ginger Rice/Hoisin Glazed Green Beans or Pea Pods – $22

Chicken & Chicken Andouille Sausage Gumbo – $22 (24oz)

Chicken, Shrimp & Crab Gumbo – $27 (24oz)

Creole Chicken & Vegetable Soup – $14

Butternut Squash Bisque (sage, apple & ginger) with SHE-crab – $18

Vegan & Vegetarian (16 – 24oz)

(V) Basmati Rice with Melted Leeks & Scallions – $8

(V) Kitchen Rice – $6

(V) Braised Country Greens with Bourbon Vinegar – $9

(V) Sauteed Kale with Garlic & Ginger – $9

(V) Cider Braised Cabbage – $6

(V) Black Eye Peas (shallots, garlic, fennel, sage, mushroom stock, white wine) – $9

(V) Lentils with Carrots, Fennel & Coriander – $9

(V) Roasted Cauliflower with Spicy Saffron & Coconut Sauce – $9

(V) Pasta alla Roma (fresh pasta, ginger, garlic, unsalted butter, white sesame seeds, herbs) – $16

(V) Wild Mushroom Risotto – $19

Author: Chef Julius
• Monday, November 27th, 2017

We had a BLAST at WGN TV Morning News yesterday! We think the Anchor, Sean Lewis, really enjoyed the gumbo! His response is exactly why we do what we do!

Click Here to Watch the Weekend Brunch: After Thanksgiving Gumbo (includes recipe)

Author: Chef Julius
• Wednesday, November 01st, 2017

It’s been an amazing year and we can’t wait to wrap up 2017 with a grand celebration with our pop up family! We’re hosting this year’s event at a new venue and of course we’re bringing an entirely new menu! Well, there may be a return of a couple popular dishes… Below are the preliminary details. We will roll out more information in the upcoming weeks.

The Pop Up Holiday Bash
Saturday, December 9th
Location: 8A5E (BASE) – 1200 W. 35th Street
Doors Open for Dinner at 6:00pm
Dinner Starts at 6:30pm
Dinner Ticket Price: $125
Dinner Ticket + Chef Julius New Book (Pre-Sale): $155

Author: Chef Julius
• Friday, October 27th, 2017

The Holiday’s are Almost Here!!! We are very excited about this year’s Holiday Menu.  As always, our goal is to wow your guests, and create unforgettable dining experiences. Place your orders early and let us do the work.  And enter the holiday season with one less thing on your To Do List!

Available October 30 – January 2nd. To place orders call 872-818-5368 or email us at


Fried Jerk Capon (7.5 – 9lbs) – $85

Fried Turkey (10-13lbs) – $95

Sweet Tea Brined Roasted Turkey (10-14lbs) – $80

Herb Turkey Breast Roulade (4lbs) – $40

Pancetta Turkey Breast Roulade (4lbs) – $50

Garlic & Clementine Turkey Breast Roulade (4lbs) – $40

Sauvignon Blanc Braised Turkey Thighs – $10 per person

Balsamic & Brown Sugar Game Hens – $15 each

Duck Confit with Root Vegetables – $14 per person

Duck Confit Stuffed Sweet Bell Peppers – $12 each

Turducken Bolognese Lasagna with Truffles – $70

Maple & Whiskey Brined Pork Loin with Whiskey Braised Apples (serves 8+) – $50


Author: Chef Julius
• Monday, September 18th, 2017


The Food You Want, Delivered To Your Door

Wow, this Summer was so nice, AND SHORT!  And we wouldn’t want you to develop any bad tasting food habits, since the vacations are done and the kids are back in school. The silver lining is that it’s so easy to still have great tasting food delivered to you. Let’s face it, YOU are a busy person that likes REALLY good food, right? If so, our “Weekly Meal Delivery Service” was designed just for you. Here’s how it works, you choose all the dishes you want for the week, and we handle the rest. Each week you will receive a list of menu options. When you email your order, we will verify any dietary restrictions and set up a time for drop off. Warming included with every order. It’s that simple. Email us at or give us a call at 872-818-5368 to get started.

Here’s the full menu and a couple testimonies from our customers:

A Tale of Two Chefs Weekly Meals Menu Options presented by Chef Julius

“Chef Julius’ drop off service is extremely convenient, especially in the winter months. It’s like having a fine dining experience delivered right to your doorstep. I also love that the portions are large enough to share and are at an affordable price.” T., Television Producer

“For ten years Chef Julius has consistently provided amazing food. Whether it’s a Shonda night treat for myself, dinner for my family, catering for a special event or an amazing night out at a popup. I am always wowed by his new creations and comforted by my old favorites.” K., Educator


Chicken Tinga Tacos (3)/Kitchen Rice/Charred Peppers/Tequila Lime Slaw – $16

Chicken Tikka Masala/Herb Cous Cous/Fig Compote – $18

Chicken Piccata or Chicken Vesuvio/Caesar Salad – $22

Sweet & Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings/Thai Grilled Corn/Broccoli – $17

Pan Roasted Chicken with Potatoes/Sauteed Spinach, Kale or Cabbage – $20

Grilled Chicken/Ginger Rice/Hoisin Glazed Green Beans or Pea Pods – $18

Your Favorite Chicken Burger/Quinoa/Charred Orange/Spicy Slaw – $12

Duck Confit Carnitas with Heirloom Carrots/Arugula Salad – $30


Salmon (8 Ways)/ Roasted Potatoes/Sauteed Spinach, Kale or Cabbage – $25

Blackened or Broiled Salmon/Muffuletta Salad/Sautéed Cabbage – $20 (pictured above)

Grilled Shrimp/Ginger Rice/Hoisin Glazed Green Beans or Pea Pods – $22

Coconut Crusted Shrimp/Rice/Ginger Bok Choy – $22

New Orleans BBQ SHRIMP & Truffle Grits – $27


Author: Chef Julius
• Monday, August 28th, 2017

Let me start by saying that I don’t remember the last time I did a website/blogpost that wasn’t about our next menu or event. What’s slightly weird about that, is I truly enjoy writing. I enjoy reading even more. For those that don’t believe me, just ask Jada, Terry, Nick, Latice, Kesha or Cherie…#deyknow. I also encourage and help writers that reach out to me on how to translate their narrative. I will be the first to admit that when it comes to writing recipes, I often hesitate. I know…I know…I’m working on getting better. I am well aware that most of my social media posts deal with #foodandwine, #truffles, #music, #prince, #trapmusic, #rooftops, #Kanye, anti-#turkeybacon rants, going to the market, #paris, #chile, #NOLA, #barbecue or #popups. I’m sure there are more subjects but this post can’t be too long, you have other things to do.

My primary reason for this post is because I just want to take some time to recognize my hometown…#CHICAGO. There are some that would say this is a pitch, straight down the pipe, #whateverman. This summer has given me the opportunity to see my city in an even better light. We show up and we show out. Let me state that I am not looking at my city through #champagne filled glasses. We have our issues but so much of the energy within this city is strong and incredible. There is a fearlessness about Chicagoans and we will take chances ANYWHERE! I love the fact that from every industry of importance, we have greatness. And when you ask us where we are from, it’s like #clarkkent tearing open his suit to become #superman. We CANNOT wait to let you know where we are from. We don’t just stop at our beloved city, it’s a must that we let you know which side. Which is of major importance because of sports, pizza, barbecue and chicken.

It’s for these reasons and more why I say THANK YOU CHICAGO. I thank you for the daily support that you have shown me, my business and my team. In addition to that, your inspiration has served as a MAJOR platform for me to work and inspire others. You have shown me true evidence that greatness is measured by how much YOU give back, support and share. I thank you for fueling the desire to get better EVERYDAY at my craft…with NO APOLOGIES. And I love it! Chicagoans are always working to make it. For every level that we attain, we have our eye on the next one. Working hard is our #dna and the world already knows it.

I don’t get to hang out with you as much as I would love to. That doesn’t stop me from acknowledging your road to greatness. You do so much to change the dark stories told to the public for ratings. Our city is beautiful. Our people are beautiful. Our hearts are strong. Our neighborhoods are amazing. And for the short season of summer that we get every year, we are the most beautiful stage in the theater of the world. Thank You Chicago for being you.

Here are a few “Chitown at its Finest” Summer Highlights:

Chef Julius' Nu American Summer Pop-Up

The Massive Crowd at this Years Dinner en Blanc

Chi-Greatness at the 14th Annual Silver Room Block Party

Chi-Greatness at the 14th Annual Silver Room Block Party

VIP Rooftop Brunch Series in Bronzeville

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