Author: Chef Julius
• Friday, November 01st, 2013

Who says girls can’t get handy and creative when it comes to a little home improvement?

With a line draped around the corner on September 20th, Tom Joyner’s Home Depot ‘Girls’ Night Out’ soiree took place in Oak Lawn and ladies adopted creative do-it-yourself inspiration and how-to tips on saving time and money when it comes to home maintenance.

Our team catered  pasta salad,  sandwiches and the event foodie highlight, Thai Beef Ginger Salad to over 900 women and their girlfriends during the fun-filled and vibrant evening.  And we thoroughly enjoyed sharing cooking secrets and tips on how to create their own “Chef’s Kitchen.”

To the beat of live entertainment, girl time included workshops—such as painting and tiling, interactive activities that provided effective ways to gain more home improvement knowledge, giveaways, an on-the-spot fashion show and so much more.

We want to thank all of you for your continued support and for those who experienced A Tale of 2 Chefs for the first time during this event, we hope you enjoyed your seasonings!

Thank you gowherehiphop.com for capturing the action! Check out the video and pics.

“Girls Night Out at Home Depot” hosted by Tom Joyner & Chef Julius from Jada Russell on Vimeo.

Author: Chef Julius
• Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Our “International Style Sunday Dinner” Pop-up on August 31st was by far one of the best and we can’t thank all of our friends and colleagues enough for your continued love and support!  We had a great time putting our twist on the traditional dishes and we are so glad everyone enjoyed it.

We also want to extend another thank you to the Centered Chef, 177 N. Ada, for whose venue space provided intimate and cozy aesthetic. The ambiance and versatility of the space gave us room to engage our social group with wine and mingling on one side and provide an experience for tables of four on the other.

Adding to the excitement of this pop-up, we were featured on ndigo.com where LaToya Cross, stated, “One of the ultimate joys of attending a Chef Julius Pop-Up is connecting and socializing with familiar faces and getting acquainted with new ones!  The décor is always nice and elegant, food is always delicious, wine is continuous and there’s always anticipation for the next one. Well done!” Read the full article.

Here is a visual recap through photos and video! We’re looking forward to seeing you at the next one.

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Author: Chef Julius
• Thursday, August 08th, 2013

It seems that every time we do another pop-up, so many things have changed in the food industry. The culinary landscape in Chicago moves so fast that most chefs dismiss the fads and ignore new food trends until they can no longer be ignored. When it comes to a pop-up, I like to take new food trends and merge them, making people feel good. It’s really why I decided to “Pop-up” in the first place. For the next one, I am giving Sunday Dinner a much needed makeover. In this very crazy 9 to 5 world, so often dinner is eaten on the fly…or in front of a television…or from a drive thru. Most want to just get past it just they can rest, because “We All Hate Mondays”. Well, I have had enough of seeing that happen. The Sunday family dinner used to be fun, and sharing a meal is special. It makes the food taste better and you get a chance to relax a bit and gear up for what Monday has in store for you. It’s my belief that if I show you a “re-working” of family dinners from various parts of the world, you can start to enjoy Sunday Dinner again. And this isn’t just a big hunk of protein carved and thrown to the group. There will be PLENTY of fresh, “in-season” vegetables, some duck, lamb and seafood. There are items to remind you of the most comfortable night in front of a fireplace. I also have dishes that will take you to the sexiest beach in Brazil. If that’s not enough, you can jump from a cozy French bistro to a bustling tapas bar in Barcelona. I have around 8 courses and a few surprise dishes to take you ANYWHERE you want to go. No TSA’s, no luggage, no horrible tasting wine from plastic bottles. This is how I see Sunday Dinner from around the world with the energy of a Saturday Night!

Here is a preview of the first few courses:

1st Course

HERB & PARMESAN ARANCINI with BLISTERED SUN GOLD TOMATOES (Italy)

2nd Course

YOUNG CARROTS WITH SAGE, TROPEAS & MERKEN (CHILE/ITALY)

3rd Course

LOBSTER CROQUETTES with BLACK TRUFFLE BUTTER & GRILLED SCALLIONS (South America)

4thCourse

BUTTERNUT SQUASH RAVIOLI, SWEET PEA PUREE & CANDIED WALNUTS (Italy)

5th Course

DUCK CONFIT ETOUFFEE, GOAT CHEESE CORNBREAD CRUTONS (France/USA)

Date & Time: Saturday, August 31st – 6pm

Location: The Centered Chef | 175 N. Ada

Int’l Family Style Dinner

Author: Chef Julius
• Thursday, August 08th, 2013

Thanks to everyone that came out to the Taste of Chicago demo last week! Guests watched intently and asked great questions as Chef Julius showed them how to impress their friends with 2 dishes: Chilean Shrimp with Merken and Herbed Quinoa AND the Better Butter Cheddar Burger with Black Truffle Butter from Epicurean Butter PLUS wine pairings from Casillero del Diablo’s Winemaker’s Red Blend from the Concha y Toro family. Here are the photos from his July 11th demo at the Dominick’s Cooking Corner.

And a extra special thanks to our sponsors Casillero del Diablo, Concha y Toro, Epicurean Butter, Nature Isle Tropical Gourmet, Savory Choice and Deleyda Olive Oil.

Photo Credit: Tim Hanrahan

Author: Chef Julius
• Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Let’s face this indisputable fact. Chicago is one of the most beautiful places to be in THE WORLD during the summer. It even has its own moniker “summertime chi”. That’s because the weather is ABSOLUTELY FLAWLESS for 16 days (the rest of the summer is good too), the lake is beautiful, LOLLAPALOOZA ROCKS, beach volleyball is hot and outdoor food festivals like the TASTE OF CHICAGO comes back!

That is right. Love it or hate it, the TASTE OF CHICAGO is the largest open food festival in the world. And because Chicago is such a great food city, everyone takes notice. I know the crowds can be a little much and the tourists are everywhere, but you really didn’t think that with all this food, no one else wants in…did you? Of course, this means you just have to plan better. It’s worth it! I like the fact that Chicago has brought back the “pop-up” restaurants and they even added food trucks. I checked out the line-up, it’s some good ones.

And this year, once again I will be giving a cooking demonstration at the “Dominick’s Cooking Corner”. If you have ever attended one of my demos, you know we have a good time and I am prone to give away free stuff! You get to stop by the tent, sit down for a bit, learn a fun fact or two about cooking and maybe even get a “chef goodie bag”.

My cooking demo will focus on a few easy to cook dishes, easy to find ingredients, affordable wine pairings and how to have some fun with your summertime cooking. Everyone will get copies of the recipe and who knows what other goodies that I have in store? It’s all happening on July 11 at 5:30pm. Stop by and let’s visit for a bit. After that, you can get back to tasting or check out one of the FREE concerts. My demo just happens to be the same night as the Robin Thicke & Estelle performance!

See ya there,
Chef Julius

More info: Full Cooking Corner Line Up

Author: Chef Julius
• Friday, May 24th, 2013

WOW!! Another “pop-up” has come and gone. And I have to say this one was INCREDIBLY special for a few reasons. We dealt with many challenges right up until the day of the event. That included the location, new cooks not showing up and servers “missing in action”. You would think those issues would deter us…NOT ONE BIT! We had an awesome time.

Once again, Jada and her wonderful team from High Style Marketing & PR transformed a humble sausage shop to a quaint bistro. The colors were bright and matched the theme of the dinner. We had some of our constant supporters attend the event and had quite a few “1st timers”. One of the 1st timers was my mother. She along with a few of my aunts had a blast. It felt so good to showcase this style of my cooking for them. I’m sure they’ll be back.

There were food enthusiasts from all backgrounds at this one and we all got a chance to connect over food and great wine from the Concha Y Toro family. Speaking of which, it never ceases to amaze me how at every “pop-up”, the wonderful people from Concha Y Toro bring us something new and exciting to the Chicago Wine Scene. This time was no exception with the Coastal White Blend. If you’re in the city, make your way over to the Armanettis, located at 515 North Western Ave. The Coastal White Blend, usually served during the spring and summer, is really affordable and pairs perfectly with light and fragrant cuisine.

Oh yeah, I think we have quite a few NEW fans of ramps, if there is any judging of how well the Chilean Sea Bass dish went over. A special thanks goes to my reliable culinary team for helping execute a new take on a southern classic, the Salmon Croquette.  I think that dish will make its way onto a few of the summer menus.

If we missed you this time, we hope to see you at the next one. The expected date is August 31st 2013. We will offer an early purchase price of $70 for the tickets bought before August 1st. For purchases after August 1st, the standard pricing of $85 per guest goes into effect. The theme for our next “pop-up” is Summer Jazz: A Global Fusion of Cuisine. Tickets on sale now! See below.

NEXT UP: Taste of Chicago on July 11th at 5:30pm.  Robin Thicke and Estelle are performing that night. It’s gonna be HOT.  And Thursday is the new Friday so COME OUT.

“Summer Jazz” Early Bird Tickets Thru 8/1

Author: Chef Julius
• Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Hello Everyone,

Yes it’s been a while and you have been missed.  Still, as the seasons change, so does the cuisine. It is time to embrace the beauty of the coming spring and ALL that is has to offer. With that being said, we present the next theme in our “Pop Up” restaurant series…Nature’s Gift, The Bounty of Spring. On May 18th, I will showcase a fresh and colorful menu of the wonders that come with the first harvest of the season. The ingredients will have a focus on items that you associate with coastal shorelines, freashness and new culinary growth. The sweet smell of lavender, the whimsical smoke of cherry wood and the rich beauty of flowers…all of these feelings will be incorporated into the menu. As always, we will have surprise bites that will not be listed on the standard menu. And we never have a meal without incredible wine from Chile, including the Concha Y Toro Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc that was a big hit at the Valentine’s Day pop up!

If you have ever attended one of the pop ups, you will enjoy the evolution of cuisine. If this is your first time, be prepared to experience the feeling of having your own private chef cook for you based on his world travels and expose you to the new direction of global cuisine. Here is a sneak preview of a small part of the menu…

Pisco & Coconut Salmon Ceviche

Scallops with Merken Butter

Sea Bass with Chai Tea Spring Pea Puree

Pistachio Crusted Lamb with Quinoa & Carmenere Braised Figs

Calvados Pound Cake with Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc Braised Apples, Grand Mariner Ice Cream with Toasted Walnuts & Lavender

Location: Westminster HD | 11 N. Wells

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“The Bounty of Spring” Dinner

Author: Chef Julius
• Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Chef and the Andros'

On March 11th we got the opportunity to be a part of one of our favorite events…CHOWDAH FEST 2013!!!! We came back with our Chilean Seafood Chowder with Black Truffle Croutons. We upped the ante by adding DUCK BACON! One thing true about the fest is that you cannot coast or “phone it in” because every place brings their best. These guys are serious. There was King Crab Chowder, Oyster Chowder and one was served using the shell from a razor clam. All in all, it was an incredible night of eating! We were happy to be a part of the Winner’s Circle again. We missed out on Fan Favorite this year but that only means…WE’LL HAVE TO MAKE IT TASTE EVEN BETTER NEXT YEAR! Special thanks to High Style Marketing & PR for our presentation and design, Amaris for helping make the chowder & Imagine Festivals for keeping a great tradition going. See you next year!

Author: Chef Julius
• Thursday, March 21st, 2013

We have been busy working and competing (more info to come on that) but could not let another day go by without

Chef Julius' Valentine's Day Pop Up Restaurant

reflecting on the last Pop Up! We want to send a warm thank you to those that returned for the Valentine’s Day festivities and to all of our new friends that joined us for the 1st time. We hope you enjoyed your culinary experience. Based on your feedback, a couple of the standouts of the night were the Duck & Chicken Confit Etoufee with Goat Cheese Cornbread and the Concha Y Toro Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc. You guys liked the Sauvignon Blanc so much that we will definitely keep it on the wine list through the summer. *And* we have set the date for the next “Pop-up Restaurant Experience”, it’s Saturday, May 18th!!! We will be celebrating all things SPRING! So Mark Your Calendars and check back over the next few days for more info. If you want to be added to our email list, send your contact info to chefjulius@taleof2chefs.com

Author: Chef Julius
• Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Happy New Year Everyone,

As I wish a prosperous and blessed 2013 to all of you, The Tale of Two Chefs team wants to do their part to help. Our “Pop-Up” Restaurant Series has returned! As always, we are dedicated to bringing you great tasting food in 2103. The first in the series will be for a day that truly celebrates beauty, Valentine’s Day! On Thursday February 14th, 2013 at 7pm, you will be taken on a culinary journey that promises to be a feast for the palate, eyes and all of your senses. Our six-course menu will make use of truffle honey, baby fennel, lobster, lamb, saffron and so many other ingredients that will make this a meal you will never forget. We are sure that this will rank in your top 5 dinners EVER! We will provide wine from coastal Chile & Argentina. For the first time, I have decided to include a dessert wine. And no it’s NOT Moscato! Apps will be passed before the first course and as always, we only allow 50 tickets to be purchased. This is not a couples only event. There will be plenty of single tickets available. And yes, at this event, I will be serving my most decadent dessert to date, “Dark Forest Chocolate Ganache & Cherry Cake”. You have to taste it to believe it! See you on Valentine’s Day at Westminster HD – 1045 W. Madison St.

Note: for those who want  to spend a quiet night at home, we have Valentine’s Day Dinner delivery packages available. Call us at 312-326-1948 for more information.

Chef Julius

VALENTINE’S DAY POP-UP MENU
FEBRUARY 14, 2013

1st Course
CHILEAN OLIVE OIL POACHED SALMON WITH AVOCADO, APPLE & MERKEN

2nd Course
CHARRED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH POMEGRANATE, PECANS, PARMESAN & SHERRY

3rd Course
LAMB LOLLIPOPS WITH TRIO OF ROASTED CARROTS, HONEY, LAVENDER & CHANTERELLES

4th Course
DUCK & CHICKEN CONFIT ETOUFFEE WITH GOAT CHEESE CORNBREAD

5th Course
PAELLA WITH ROASTED BABY FENNEL & THE BOUNTY OF THE SEA

Sweet Course
DEEP FOREST CHOCOLATE CAKE
3 TYPES OF CHOCOLATE, CHERRIES COOKED IN MALBEC, CHOCOLATE MOUSSE, GANACHE & CHOCOLATE SHAVINGS

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Valentine’s 2013 Dinner Tickets

Valentine’s Day Dinner Delivered

We have two great options for those staying in this year. Wine pairing available. Contact us for details and to schedule deliveries – 312-326-1948 or chefjulius@taleof2chefs.com

(OPTION 1) $50 PER PERSON

1st Course
RED PEPPER & LOBSTER BISQUE

2nd Course
CALVADOS BRAISED CHICKEN
HERBED NEW POTATOES
CHARRED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH CHEF JULIUS’ HANDMADE CANDIED BACON

3rd Course
DEEP CHOCOLATE COGNAC BROWNIE WITH RASPBERRY COULIS

(OPTION 2) $65 PER PERSON

1st Course
RED PEPPER & LOBSTER BISQUE

2nd Course
NEW ORLEANS CRAB CAKE WITH TRUFFLE CREOLE REMOULADE

3rd Course
CONFIT OF CHICKEN OR CHILEAN SALMON WITH CHAMPAGNE SAUCE
PERUVIAN POTATOES SAUTÉED WITH DUCKFAT
SPICY KALE WITH MANGO

Sweet Course
DEEP CHOCOLATE COGNAC BROWNIE WITH RASPBERRY COULIS

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