It just keeps getting better! Thanks to all who participated and helped during our Spring 2010 Odd Pairs. Please support our Tastemakers: Goose Island, L2O, Glazed Donuts Chicago, Ineeka Tea, Swim Cafe, Das Foods, Great Taste Cafe and Ginger Bliss. A very special congratulations to the winning pair of Odd Pairs, FIG Catering and Beyond the Shaker! And we all love the guy who had the hardest job, Chef Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions, our judge for the evening. Also, please check out our amazing photographer, Doug Bening, as well as the musical group Golosa. Stay tuned because the Summer Odd Pairs is closer than you think…
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sambar spiced vada with coconut chutney and green tea served with green tea beer.
Glazed Donuts Chicago and Ineeka Tea
springtime carrot soup with trio of salted marshmallow “croutons” – roasted garlic shallot, ginger wasabi lemongrass, and bacon fumee de sel.
FIG Catering & Beyond The Shaker
caramelized onion shortbread topped with fontina, bacon, chili & pecan caramels, spicy red cabbage slaw and black lava salt.
Swim Cafe & Das Foods
skewered pieces of quitan – a new quinoa-based protein food with ginger bbq sauce.
Great Taste Cafe & Ginger Bliss
beer deconstruction: goose island granita with shaved black lime, sweet citrus emulsion and edible flowers from chef’s garden • triple distilled goose island “green line” mist • cinnamon and citrus-infused hot wort tea.
Goose Island & L20 Restaurant
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What a success was the Fall Odd Pairs. A big thanks to all who participated, especially our sponsor, Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions. And a big congratulations to Chef Ruth and Desiree of Simone’s Bar and Dominic of Sonoma Farms for winning the Taste-Maker Award!
Ok, mark you’re calendars NOW, because the next Odd Pairs is going to be bigger, better and a serious Taste-Maker throwdown! Friday, March 26th, 2010.
And stay tuned for photos, news and direct any of your Taste-Making friends or colleagues to this page to submit.
domain dupage french country ale braised dietzler farms short ribs, sweet potato mash, seedling apple cider reduction, onion frizzles
City Provisions and Two Brothers Brewing Company
raspberry fig pie with hazelnut streusel and chocolate honey buzz mead
Sugarkist Pies and Wild Blossom Meadery
black bean and banana empanada with blood orange infused olive oil
Simone’s and Sonoma Farms
smoked brisket slider with fig earl grey preserves
Goddess and Grocer and Rare Bird Preserves
pear brandy& ginger liqueur cocktail with a cinnamon sugar rimmed glass
Koval Distillery and The Crafted Cocktail
brasil fazenda cachoeira coffee paired with wisconsin brun-uusto cheese
Crop To Cup Coffee Co. & Provenance Food and Wine
coffee and cinnamon crumble bread pudding with caramel drizzle
BEAN&BODY & Sweet Misgiving’s Bakery
2023 West Carroll Ave. Ste. 401 Chicago, IL 60622
Odd Pairs is an event to highlight local businesses in Chicago that are doing original and unique things. The event, hosted by Chicago’s Crop to Cup Coffee Company and Bean and Body, features strange, yet succulent combinations of local flavors, served up socially. We headline chefs on the edge, pushing the envelope on flavor, talent and skill in tandem with sustainability and green practices guiding their businesses.
Our next Odd Pairs is Friday, October 23rd and our headliner is Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions. Stay tuned for a complete list of participants and menu. If you are a local Chicago business and would like to collaborate with Odd Pairs, see the Submit Odd Pairs tab above.
Odd Pairs Agenda – Friday, October 23rd
5:00pm – 6:00pm Taste-Maker setup
6:30pm – 7:00pm VIP and press welcome
7:00pm Open to invitees
7:00pm – 9:00pm Music by I Monelli
8:00pm Taste-Maker Presentation and audience-choice for Best Singular Dish
9:00pm Judges pick for best Odd Pair: Taste-Maker award
At our loft office, 2023 West Carroll Ave. Ste. 401 Chicago, IL 60622