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The Pop-Up Holiday Bash – Saturday, Dec. 10th

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

AS SEEN ON FOX CHICAGO, ZAGATS, WGN, WINDY CITY LIVE and more…
Our next and last pop-up of 2016 will celebrate all things holiday! During the 8-course meal, the music and wine will flow freely. We will close with dancing, musical performances and more!  Seating is limited. Check back or visit our FB invite for menu [...]

The Summer Pop-Up Restaurant Experience… July 23rd

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Chef Julius Russell returns to Ampersand with his quarterly pop-up restaurant experience. This installment features a theme of Nu-American meets Summertime in France.
With each pop-up restaurant event, I try to bring you something unique in taste, atmosphere and experience. And this summer is no exception. Dining out in the summertime [...]

Meet us at The Taste of Chicago – July 7th @ 4:30pm

Monday, June 27th, 2016

We are returning to the Lifeway Foods Cooking Corner at the Taste of Chicago?! Chef Julius will take the stage on Thursday, July 7th at 4:30pm. This is our 5th Year at the Cooking Corner. We are going to do something extra special. Let the recipe planning begin! ‪#‎SummertimeChi‬ ‪#‎TheFoodYouWant‬ ‪

Seared Beef Tenderloin – As Seen on FOX News Chicago

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Looking for “Quick, Easy & Delicious Food to Cook During the Summer”? We’ve got you covered! Check out this recipe we featured on FOX Chicago.
Seared Beef Tenderloin with Charred Corn & Asparagus Sauté topped with Smoked Peach & Tomato Salsa
1 (6oz) filet of beef – sliced in half
¼ cup garlic olive oil
2 ears of sweet [...]

The #BahamasMeetsNOLA Pop Up Restaurant Experience…

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

So when you come off the type of weekend that I have had, it’s hard to slow down and adjust to real life. And then there is a little voice in your head that says, “This is YOUR real life!” Sometimes it takes a minute to take it all in because after [...]

Fresh From The Market – FOX Chicago Cooking Segment

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

We are heading back to FOX Chicago to showcase fun ways to cook with ingredients from local farmers markets and items hitting the supermarket produce section for spring. Here’s the recipe we will demo live in the Noon hour. Enjoy!
Chef Julius’ Tiny Pasta with Spring vegetables
8oz dried pasta (fideo)
1 oz baby fennel
1 shallot (diced)
2 ramps [...]

Caribbean Meets The French Quarter Pop Up – April 30th

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Happy Spring Everyone! I know…I know, it’s been so long since we have sat down and had a meal together. I miss you too.

This next “popup” will have a serious connection to tropical cooking. That means you can expect FRESH, FRESH, FRESH! That’s everything from the fish, the seasonal vegetables (YES THIS MEANS RAMPS [...]

Island Fun at the Spring 2016 Pop-Up

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

The Pop-Up is Back! And we are ready (and excited) to present an Island food experience that has beauty of New American cuisine blended with the fun of New Orleans… We will roll out location and menu details over the next couple weeks, just know that the VIP experience is going to been NEXT-LEVEL!!!
New Date: [...]

Create Your Own Spring Break: Easy Tropical Dishes for the Spring

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

We are heading to FOX Chicago this afternoon to share ways to Create Your Own Spring Break: Easy Tropical Dishes for the Spring. We believe you can always travel someplace warm with the help of a few kitchen ingredients and creativity. We are also announcing the date of the next Pop-Up!
The dishes we are presenting [...]

The Super Bowl 50 Menu!

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

We are so excited to present the 2016 Super Bowl menu in celebration of Super Bowl 50!  We are taking delivery orders now. Call or email us and we will help you design an exciting menu. The deadline to place orders is Friday, Feb. 5th by 5pm.
**AS SEEN ON FOX CHICAGO: BIG GAME PASTA WITH SALMON
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