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2014 Key Ingredient Cook-Off 

Friday, May 9, 7-10 PM

Join us for the Chicago Reader's second annual chef-to-chef challenge, the Key Ingredient Cook-Off! Inspired by our biweekly Key Ingredient series, KICO will allow you to taste the creations of two dozen of Chicago's most outstanding chefs—including Dana Cree of Blackbird, Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe, Meg Galus of NoMI, and last year's winner, Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice.

All chefs will be challenged to cook with one of five intriguing ingredients featured in past Key Ingredient columns. Attendees will vote for the chefs who make the best use of their ingredient—and we'll be naming a best in show.


A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Common Threads.

Common Threads is a national nonprofit organization that is committed to educating underserved communities about healthy food choices through hands-on experiences. The organization empowers children and adults with fundamental cooking skills and nutritional education.

2014 Key Ingredient Cook-Off brought to you by: Lakeshore Beverage, Whole Foods Market

Museum of Broadcast Communications
360 N. State (@ Kinzie)
Friday, May 9, 7-10 PM

Purchase tickets: $65

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(includes tasting portions from 20+ Chicago chefs and complimentary wine, craft beer, and cocktails)


Participating chefs

Aaron Arnett of Davanti Enoteca
(Watch Arnett cook with green peppercorns)

Dana Cree of Blackbird
(Check out Cree sweetening up pine sap)

Meg Galus of NoMI
(See Galus bake with century eggs)

Courtney Joseph of Takashi
(Watch Joseph cook with rose water)

Hillary Sundberg of Dusek's

Duncan Biddulph of Kinmont
(Check out Biddulph cooking with cod milt)

Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice
(See Conlon cook pork uterus two ways)

Rodolfo Cuadros of Carnivale

Paula Haney and Allison Scott of Hoosier Mama Pie
(Watch Haney cook with millet)

Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe
(See Hammel use gjetost)

Christopher Teixeira of Homestead on the Roof
(Check out Teixeira's use of black cumin)

Chris Pandel of the Bristol and Balena
(Watch Pandel cook with jujubes)

Evan Percoco of theWit

Joseph Rose of Lockwood
(See Rose use smen)

Andrew Deuel of Tesori

Mark Steuer of Carriage House
(See Steuer cook with bananas)

John Asbaty of a soon-to-open Lincoln Park restaurant (formerly of Panozzo's)
(Watch Asbaty use honeycomb tripe)

Barry Sorkin of Smoque BBQ
(Check out Sorkin cooking with Vienna Beef hot dogs)

Michael Galen of the Bedford

and more!

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