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Kick Off Your Taste Talks Chicago Weekend with Our Mother of Pearl Dinner!

Sarah Zorn

What better way to kick off a food-fueled weekend than taking part in an oyster and sparkling wine feast? At Taste Talks Chicago’s Mother of Pearl event, you’ll enjoy an elegant Island Creek Oyster cocktail hour, followed by a delectable sit down dinner, complete with wine pairings at Kinmont!

Here’s a spotlight on the talented chefs who’ll be taking charge of each course!

DUNCAN BIDDULPH | Kinmont Restaurant

The executive chef at the sprawling, 6,200-square foot Kinmont, a sustainable fish restaurant, the native Chicagoan earned his stripes under Jason Hammel of Lula Café.

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ABRAHAM CONLON | Fat Rice

Drawing on his own Portuguese heritage, as well as the strong Southeast Asian presence in his native town of Lowell, MA, Conlon is the chef-owner at this exciting Chicago restaurant, known for fusion dishes such as linguica sausage with chili cabbage and olives.

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JASON VINCENT

Currently a free agent since leaving Nightwood (which was named a Michelin Bib Gourmand twice during his tenure) Vincent’s racked up enough awards for a lifetime, including Best New Chef from Food & Wine, and Cochon 555’s King of Porc.

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ZEESHAN SHAH & YOSHI YAMADA | Bombay Breakdown

Zeeshan Shah (who help opened The Bristol, The Custom House and Old Town Social), and Yoshi Yamada (formerly of Babbo, and founder of Dadar Station) are the co-owners of this quirky pop-up specializing in Indian-ish food, such as 7 spice smoked brisket haleem, and bakra belly sausage with mixed dry fruit.

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ALFREDO NORGEIRA | Analogue

Norgeira dishes up Cajun comfort food at this Logan Square cocktail bar, including biscuits with pepper jelly, chicken and andouille gumbo, roast pork po boys, and housemade hot dogs with red beans and chow chow.

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JENNIFER JACKSON & JUSTIN TOOTLA | Pickle and Chub

Although they first met at the Culinary Institute of America, Jennifer (Pickle) and Justin (Chub) went on to hone their skills separately at places like Chez Panisse, The National, Le Bernardin and Prune. They eventually joined forces for this pop-up, where they create collaborative and eclectic dinner menus with a side of southern charm.

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SARAH MISPAGEL | Nightwood

Reunited (for one night, at least) with Jason Vincent, the current pastry chef at Nightwood will finish the night of right with her micro-seasonal sweets, such as apple pie with marcona almonds, peach cake with bourbon caramel, or sweet corn panna cotta with blueberries.

Taste Talks Food & Drink hits Chicago October 3-5, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.