Underground dinners don?t seem as novel as they once did; foodies know the best ones, and publicity for ?secret? venues can rival that of full-blown restaurant openings. But the point these days isn?t secrecy--it?s about exclusivity.
Since launching in January, Feast & Imbibe--an Evanston-based series run by two Moto alums, chef D?Andre Carter and sommelier Heather Bublick--has become one of the genre?s big hits, with diners scrambling for the eight seats available for each dinner.
For three nights next week, Feast & Imbibe?s third pop-up launches on a larger scale at the Logan Square brunch favorite Jam (known for its spacious dining room and open kitchen). There are 70 seats available for each dinner--grab a group of friends and reserve a whole table--and about half of the tickets have already been nabbed. (Get yours by emailing email@example.com; dinners cost $75, or $90 with beverage pairings.)
Feast & Imbibe?s Jam menu doesn?t sound complicated--think striped bass with seasonal vegetables and coconut-milk lamb belly--but Carter?s rep for über-creative cooking means the presentations are likely to surprise.
Carter and Bublick say they have no plans to open a restaurant, but if they did, it wouldn?t seat more than 16 people.
So this is your chance: Taste greatness before the reservation wars inevitably begin.
Feast & Imbibe at Jam, April 12 to 14, 3057 W. Logan Blvd.; firstname.lastname@example.org