First Look: Chef series returns to Wrigley Field


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Steve Mitchell - USA Today Sports
Steve Mitchell - USA Today Sports

CHICAGO (May 10, 2018) – The Chicago Cubs and hospitality partner Levy are bringing back their crowd-pleasing Chef Series presented by Maker’s Mark for a second year with an expanded lineup of local celebrity chefs. Fans can expect a dynamic menu of offerings inspired by the chefs’ signature items and their take on ballpark favorites. Located in the newly renovated Sheffield Corner space in right field, fans can enjoy the chef-driven fare in an open-air patio atmosphere this year.

“As we evolve the approach to chef-driven food at Wrigley Field, it’s been great to collaborate with world class culinary talent from our own backyard,” said David Burns, executive chef for Levy at Wrigley Field. “I love seeing our partner chefs’ excitement at the chance to serve their signature dishes here at the Friendly Confines.”

“When we introduced the Chef Series last year, the new chef-driven approach to ballpark favorites really resonated with our fans,” said Cubs Executive Vice President of Business Operations and Chief Strategy Officer Alex Sugarman. “We are always striving at Wrigley Field to increase the variety of our food offerings and elevate the fan experience, so we are excited to welcome back our All-Star lineup of award-winning culinary talent in 2018.”

Each chef will serve menus reflective of their culinary style featuring renowned dishes and cocktail pairings on a rotating basis beginning June 5. Levy will serve fan favorites in the Sheffield Corner following the Chef Series dates in September, and will collaborate with chefs to bring their menus to life.

Making their Chef Series Presented by Maker’s Mark debut at Wrigley Field:

Tony Mantuano: James Beard Award winning chef-partner of Michelin-starred Spiaggia, River Roast, situated on the Chicago River; Terzo Piano, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant at The Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago; Terralina Crafted Italian, a waterfront Italian restaurant located in Disney Springs set to open this Summer; and a new restaurant concept set to open early 2019 in the heart of Wrigleyville in partnership with Joe Maddon will serve up modern Italian classics during his Chef Series debut in late June and early July.

Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp: Honey Butter Fried Chicken chef/owners Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp will feature ballpark classics amped up with their signature fried chicken along with mouthwatering sides in mid-August for their Wrigley Field debut.

Returning to the Chef Series Presented by Maker’s Mark in 2018:

Stephanie Izard: Izard, a James Beard Best Chef: Great Lakes recipient, and Top Chef and Iron Chef Gauntlet winner, will feature globally-inspired flavors (and clever new dishes featuring goat, of course) inspired by her renowned Chicago restaurants Girl & the Goat, Little Goat, and Duck Duck Goat in early June.

Rick Bayless: Bayless, the 2017 James Beard Outstanding Restaurant recipient, will bring his expertly and authentically created Mexican favorites to the ballpark in mid-July.

Matthias Merges: Merges brings his chef-driven approach to global cuisine found at his new Lakeview hotspot Mordecai and award-winning bar Billy Sunday to Wrigley Field in early August.

Graham Elliot: Elliot, a diehard baseball enthusiast in addition to being an award-winning chef, restaurateur, television personality and cookbook author, will give fans a taste of his eclectic takes on baseball classics in late August.

For more information and the full Chef Series schedule, please visit www.cubs.com/chefseries.

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