It isn't every day that my seven year-old son Brendan and I hang out at BellyQ with Chef Bill Kim. But that is how we are spending our Sunday night!
Our evening at BellyQ is part of the Global Tasting Tour, a week of once-in-a-lifetime dinners celebrating cuisines of the world. At each private dinner, leading chefs including Sarah Grueneberg, Bill Kim, and Ann Shovers will personally introduce the one-time-only menus along with inventive wine and spirits pairings, special ingredients, and a take-home gift. Each dinner is a private, ticketed event available solely to MasterCard holders.
Here are the events taking place in Chicago this week. Space is still available.
- Sunday, October 27 – BellyQ – Chef Bill Kim's American BBQ – A Family Dinner Event
For one night only, chef Bill Kim will take a detour from Asian classics to offer a family menu of American barbecue favorites with a twist. The fun-filled evening menu will include beef ribs, corn bread with kimchi and bacon, and cole slaw with nuoc cham and mint—plus cocktails for the adults and refreshing drinks for the kids. Chef Kim will lead a hands-on spring roll demonstration and the winning creation will be featured on the bellyQ menu!
5:00 PM - $100 for 1 adult & 1 child under 12
- Monday, October 28 – Publican Quality Meats – Oysters, Pork, and Beer, Oh My!
Indulge in Publican Quality Meats' founding trifecta of oysters, pork, and beer. The evening starts with a welcome cocktail and oyster-shucking demo, with a guided tasting of East and West coast oysters. Then, enjoy the restaurant's most famed dishes including the Little Gem Salad with crispy fried pigs ears, hot charcuteries, grilled country ribs, ham chop in hay, farm chicken, or glazed pork belly, all with beer pairings. The feast ends with a seasonal dessert by award-winner pastry chef Anna Shovers.
7:00 PM - $125
- Tuesday, October 29 — Yusho — An Exploration of Japanese Sake
The best way to learn about sake is to enjoy it artfully paired with food. Imagine Kalbi Beef Short Ribs paired with a full-bodied Mizbash Ginjo or duck breast paired with a mellow Kimoto Junmai. At this first of it's kind Yusho experience, certified sake professional Timothy Koenig will guide you course-by-course, including some sakes not available anywhere else or recently imported.
7:00 PM - $125
- Wednesday, October 20 —Spiaggia— A Celebration of Nomadic Bees
In 2012, Executive Chef Sarah Grueneberg, a Top Chef finalist, journeyed to Italy to study the ancient art of beekeeping and produce her own mono-floral honeys with noted nomadic bee keeper Andrea Paternoster. Now, in a spectacular first-ever menu, a newfound passion meets Old World technique to showcase honey's delicious possibilities. From roasted sea scallops with cardoon honey and truffle to suckling pig with polenta and sunflower honey, each course will be paired with wine from the restaurant's famed collection.
7:00 PM - $125
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.
Disclosure: Brendan and I were offered complimentary tickets to Sunday's event in exchange for spreading the word about this unique events. We can't wait for the hands on spring roll demo.