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 chefjulius@taleof2chefs.com.

Mains

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

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

FALL BACK INTO GREAT TASTING FOOD!

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 chefjulius@taleof2chefs.com 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/Poultry

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

Seafood

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

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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

Author: Chef Julius
• Friday, June 30th, 2017

Hey, hey we’re heading back to the Taste of Chicago next Thursday, July 6th at 4:30pm to whip up some yummy South American fare! We absolutely LOVE hanging out at the Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen and as always we plan to provide a fun experience and great giveaways. JOIN US at the demo tent just north of Buckingham Fountain.

Author: Chef Julius
• Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Chef Julius Russell’s Pop-Up Restaurant Experience Returns this summer with a next-level menu at a private roof location. Chef Julius and team will spend 8 weeks developing an 8+ course Soulful Nu American menu that blends the haute cuisine with high culture.

The first preview released features dishes from the appetizer service, which includes Duck Confit Tacos, Pollo Moruno Sausage with custom Mustard & Scallions, and the “New Classic” Chicken Burger, a complex spice blend new to the chef’s kitchen.

As with each pop-up, the curated wine pairings amplify the experience. After the menu is finalized, the chosen varietals from the top regions of the world are perfectly matched to enhance each dish.

Chef’s goal for the 1st pop-up of the year is to deliver the very best of what the season has to offer.

The Soulful Nu American Pop-Up
Saturday, July 29th
Location: Chef’s Private Rooftop
Dinner Ticket Price: $85

Author: Chef Julius
• Tuesday, June 06th, 2017

Today we’re stopping by  Fox 32 Chicago @ 12:45pm to create a few New + Creative Burgers! We’re in burger season, and we’ve developed a few recipes to help kick off your summer right! In addition to a chicken and a beef burger, Chef  Julius will prepare what he considers to be “the absolute best turkey burger you can ever make”.  Recipe below. Tune in to see what’s got us so excited! #TheFoodYouWant #ATaleof2Chefs

The BEST Turkey Burger That YOU Have Ever Made

1lb ground turkey (85/15)

2tsp Garlic Olive Oil

2tsp Chef Julius Salt Blend

2tsp Chef Julius Pepper Blend; plus 3tsp for cooking process

2tsp Chef Julius Creole Dust

2tsp Asian Chili Garlic Sauce

1 egg (beaten)

½ cup – ¾ cup breadcrumbs

1 cup Tomato & White Sultana Chutney

2tsp hot sauce

12 spicy pickles

4 buns (toasted with olive oil or butter)

Cheese (optional)

2 plastic gloves

1 meat thermometer

Directions:

On a BBQ grill or a grill pan, get the temperature VERY HOT. Depending on your equipment, this will take 5 to 20 minutes.

While this is happening, mix all the ingredients (except for the olive oil and 3tsp of the pepper)

Mix gently and form into 4 patties…let rest

Brush pan/grill with half of the olive oil

Place the patties onto the hot grill/pan…Be sure to not move the burger until the protein has separated from the surface. This will take a minimum of 4 min or as long as 7 minutes.

Use a slotted spatula and flip the burger. DO NOT disturb until the burger reaches 165* degrees.

Place on Toasted Buns with the spicy pickles, cheese and your favorite garnishes… after that, INDULGE in the BEST TURKEY BURGER that YOU have EVER made!

***You can avoid the bun and place this burger in a Lettuce Wrap, to avoid the carbs

Author: Chef Julius
• Thursday, January 19th, 2017

It’s SUPERBOWL time again! If you are providing a dish for a party or hosting a gathering, don’t get stuck doing all of the work.  Let our team provide dishes that everyone will love. Check out our curated menu – its short but packs a punch. Deliveries can be scheduled for Saturday, February 4th through Superbowl Sunday at 3pm. Give us a call, place your order and relax, we have you covered for the BIG GAME!  -Chef Julius

Meat, Chicken & Seafood

Sweet & Spicy BabyBack Ribs

Chipotle BBQ Ribs

Asian Ginger & Soy Glazed BBQ Ribs

(8-10 bone racks) $27 per slab

Slow Smoked Pulled Pork $15 per lb, makes 8-10 mini sandwiches…Pickles & slaw included

Texas BBQ Beef (Shredded) $20 per lb, makes 8-10 mini sandwiches…mustard & pickles included

Party Wings – Creole Dusted/Herb Rubbed/Caribbean BBQ (Packages start at $5 per person)

Chicken Cubano $50 serves 10 (Boneless thighs marinated in rum, spices, orange, lemon and lime juices. Grilled and slow roasted

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp (shell on) $38 (1/2 pan) $70 (full pan)

Whole Roasted Side of Salmon $75 ea (8 choices) ask for details

Sliders and Such…

Cajun Turkey

Mediterranean Lamb

Buffalo Chicken

Angus Beef

Beef Hot Sausage Mini Po’Boy

*All sliders are $2.50 each and come with Toasted Buns, lettuce, pickles, and tomatoes. Your choice of Horseradish Garlic Aioli, Chef Julius’ Mustard or Spicy Ketchup

Chili

Turkey with Black Beans

White Chicken Chili

Southwestern Green Chiles Chicken

$15 per person

Lamb Lollipops with Dirty Rice $3.50 each

Duck Confit Tamales $5 each


Chicken or Seafood Gumbo with Rice $17/$22 per person

Chilean Ceviche with Merken & Sweet Peppers – $20 per lb

Crab & Quinoa Salad – $25 per lb

Italian Pasta Salad with Salmon or Shrimp – $19 per lb

Sautéed Island Style Corn $20

Fingerling Potatoes with Duck Bacon $40

BBQ Baked Beans with Duck Bacon, Garlic & Leeks $25

Chicken Sausage Jambalaya $30

Cuban Black Beans & Rice $20

Haricot Vert (French Green Beans) with Tomato, Truffle & Lemon Zest $50

Author: Chef Julius
• Friday, December 16th, 2016

We are pleased to present our Winter Catering Menu, available December 19th – March 1st. To place orders call 872-818-5368 or email us at chefjulius@taleof2chefs.com.

Appetizers | Salads | Soups | Sides | Poultry | Meats | Seafood | Chef Tiki’s Favorites

All pricing is based on per person

APPETIZERS

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Manchego & Chorizo Empanadas with Fire Roasted Salsa – $4

Chicken Satay with Mango Pepper Sauce – $4

Chef Maurice Smoked Ginger Chicken Wings -$8

Roasted Drumettes with Smokey Mustard Dipping Sauce – $3

Cherrywood Smoked Bacon Wrapped Dates with Asiago – $4

Duck Rillettes with Crostini – $6

Heirloom Bruschetta with Crisps – $3

Lump Crab Salad w/Avocado Lemonaise on Crostini – $4

Roasted Fig Jam with Port Salut on Crostini – $5

“Very Corny” Cornbread Bites – $5

Handmade Sausage (Cajun Brats, Duck, Jerk, Curry Brat, Saucisse Mautorde) – $5

Open Face Empanadas (lamb, beef, duck, chicken, vegetarian) – $5

SALADS

Rainbow Romaine with Pomegranate Raspberry Vinaigrette – $7
Monte Carlo Salad with Sun-dried Tomato Vinaigrette – $7
Spinach Salad with Champagne Shallot Vinaigrette -$9
Julius Caesar Salad with Chipotle Caesar Dressing -$9

SOUPS

Pepper Pot Soup with Fennel Pollen – $6

Carrot and Ginger Soup with Vanilla Chantilly Cream – $6

Miso Soup with Shrimp & Lemongrass – $8

Soba Noodles with Scallion, Vegetables & Ginger – $7

Turkey Chili – $9

Creole Chicken Noodle Soup with Handmade Andouille Sausage – $10

Bisque: Lobster, Sweet Pepper, Carrot, Squash, Lentil and Creole Shrimp – $10-22

SIDES

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Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Potatoes – $4

Truffle Mashed Potatoes – $12

Lobster Mashed Potatoes – $12

Louisiana Dirty Rice – $4

Adobo Black Beans & Rice – $4

Southwestern Style Corn – $4

Roasted Root Vegetables – $4

Chef Tiki’s Rubbed Vegetables – $4

Greens with Smoked Turkey – $8

POULTRY

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Supreme Stuffed Chicken with Tarragon Butter – $45 per Chicken
Antigua Rum Braised Chicken – $17
Slow Roasted Savory Chicken – $15
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic – $20
French Roasted Chicken with Champagne Sauce – $25

MEATS

Veal Scallops with Hazelnut Butter Sauce (onsite) – $30
Jerk Ribeye Steak (prepared onsite)  – Reg ($25), Kobe ($45)
5 Pepper Hangar Steak with Tomatillo, Bell Pepper and Garlic Sauce – $20
Caribbean Glazed Pork Loin with Mango Relish – $20
Grilled Berkshire/Duroc Pork Chop with Cherry BBQ Sauce – $25

SEAFOOD (6-8oz per serving)

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Lemon Curry Salmon with Truffle Honey Drizzle – $20

Cedar Plank Salmon with Mango and Cilantro – $18

Pan Roasted Halibut with Preserved Meyer Lemons – $30

Artic char with Provencal Vegetables – $26

Lousiana BBQ Shrimp – $15

PASTAS – available upon request, call for pricing

Lasagna

Parpadelle

Linguini

Ravioli (Shitake and Black Truffle, Black Garlic, Beef Short Ribs, Spinach)

Sauces: Saffron Butter, Turkey Bolognese, Mushroom Ragout, Tomato Basil

Ragu is on the side; assembly required and instructions included

CHEF TIKI’S FAVORITES
Mango Jerk Chicken – $17 leg & thigh, $20 wing & breast
Gumbo – $17 – 30 (depending on the type, ask the chef)
Jambalaya – $8-16
Duck Confit Etouffe – $25

Lump Crab Cakes with Lemonaise Remoulade – $17
Grilled Snapper with Pomegranate Mango Chipotle Sauce – $30
Filet of Salmon with Sweet & Sour Smokey Mustard Sauce – $25
Szechwan Peppercorn Pork Loin with Baby Bok Choy & Soy Reduction – $28
Sherry Braised Chicken – $20

To place orders call 872-818-5368 or email us at chefjulius@taleof2chefs.com.

Author: Chef Julius
• 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 multi-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 previews…

Supported by Moet Hennessy and Game Changers

The Pop-Up Holiday Bash
Saturday, December 10th
Location: 950 W. Fulton Street
Dinner Ticket Price: $185 | Includes Post-Reception – SOLD OUT
Valet Parking: $16
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Post-Reception Only – TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE
Cocktails + DJ + Light Fare: $60

Author: Chef Julius
• 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 gives you a chance to visit other countries and explore food with no boundaries. Through food, you can travel the world. I invite you to stamp your culinary passport and experience how great life can taste!

Don’t miss this curated multi-course meal that includes wine and dessert.

Chef Julius Summer Pop-Up
Saturday, July 23rd
Ampersand
419 W Superior St
Ticket Cost: $100
Purchase Tickets: http://www.ampersandpopup.com/shop/a-tale-of-two-chefs-1

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