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

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Our next and last pop-up of 2016 will celebrate all things holiday! The music and champagne will flow freely and we will close with dancing, musical performances and more! More details to come. Grab your early bird tickets now!
The Pop-Up Holiday Bash
Saturday, December 10th
Location: TBD
Early Bird Ticket Cost: $125

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 in Cuba this Fall!!!

Monday, June 27th, 2016

For details on itinerary and reservations visit:

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 [...]

We’re Heading to CUBA!!! JOIN US!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

We are very excited to announce our Fall Culinary Tours to Cuba in partnership with Just 90 Miles. We have such an appreciation for the beauty and culture of Cuba and it is a great honor to be able to guide a group of food aficionados through a grand culinary experience!
We know the recently changes [...]

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: [...]