If fried chicken is the new cupcake, then pop-ups are clearly the front runner as the new restaurant. OK, maybe that seems obvious, but a bunch of pop-up restaurants are taking place in the near future so we thought we'd toss out a little round up for you.
On Sunday, Dec. 11 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Bill Kim will host his second Countrybelly pop-up. Taking place at Belly Shack (1912 N. Western), Countrybelly will focus on classic Southern dishes done with an Asian spin. The main courses, which include fried chicken with corn bread and chorizo gravy; tofu skillet with bok choy, Chinese black beans and potatoes; and challah French toast with bananas, coconut cream and Vietnamese cinnamon caramel, range in price between $9 and $12. Various sides will also be available, but reservations won't. The first-come, first-served brunch is also BYO and the restaurant will offer passionfruit-OJ for mimosas. Note that the normal Belly Shack menu will not be available during the brunch.
Also on Dec. 11, chef Troy Graves (formerly of Eve) will team with Cantina 46 (46 E. Superior) to host a $25 per person, family style "Pibil Pop-up Pig Roast." The event will have two seatings, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and will feature a Cochinita Pibil, a traditional Mexican pork dish slow-roasted in a La Caja China box. The price includes tortillas, habanero salsa and sides like frijoles charros, ensalada de col, huevos revueltos and Mexican rice. The price also includes bottomless mango mimosas and micheladas. Reservations are required so email your request.
Can't wait to see what the Trenchermen will be doing at their new restaurant in the former Spring space? While you'll have to likely wait until at least February to get inside, they're hosting a pop-up to introduce their beverage program on Dec. 14 in the back room of Bar DeVille (711 N. Damen). Beverage director Tona Palomino will be mixing up a select number of cocktails starting at 9 p.m.
On Dec. 11, Scott Jambrosek and Oliver Poilevey, the chefs behind the Gypsy pop-up, will take over Le Bouchon (1958 N. Damen) for a "surf and turf" dinner. The $50 BYO dinner will feature a menu including Thai wings; "bacon and eggs" (sea scallops, bacon jam, quail egg and brioche); stuffed squid bahn mi; duck fat-poached black cod; lobster and foie gras eclair; and French toast with maple bacon ice cream. Reserve a spot at 312-421-2800.
And finally, this Saturday, Dec. 10, Vinejoy wine company will host the Deep Space Speakeasy, a potluck pop-up in a secret location. They'll supply the wine and beer and ask attendees to bring a dish to share. Admission is $10 (payable upon registration) and with only 30 spots available, sign up here now.
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