Benefit for Genesis Growers this Sunday at Vie!

I remember the day I met Vicky Westerhoff. It was at a farmer/chef meet and greet on a beautiful April afternoon in 2009 at North Pond, organized by Chef Bruce Sherman as a Chefs Collaborative outreach. Big Jones was only a year old, and we were still very much an unknown in the local farm […]

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A Special Dinner with Author Virginia Willis and Slow Food Chicago

We are pleased to announce acclaimed Southern cookbook author Virginia Willis will be joining Slow Food Chicago at Big Jones for  a special dinner on Wednesday, June 24. Reservations can be made by calling 773-275-5725 and the dinner will sell out, so please reserve soon. One of the most beloved voices working in Southern food […]

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Taste the Future of Seafood May 18

One of the most inspiring aspects of cooking in Chicago, and the United States, today is the many chances I’ve had to make common cause with chefs who are actively changing cuisine for the better. By better, I mean taking it to a new level of consciousness. By “consciousness” I mean an awareness of the […]

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The Big Jones Cookbook Release Party!

The day is drawing near, folks! The official release party for the Big Jones Cookbook on University of Chicago Press will be Wednesday, May 6! We are planning a feast of recipes from the book, all of them Big Jones classics, some are rarities nowadays, others seasonal to early spring, and still others will be […]

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Edna Lewis Dinner Recap

I’d like to extend my sincerest thanks to Chef Joe Randall and the Edna Lewis Foundation for letting Big Jones host a fundraising dinner this past Tuesday. I’ve written many times about Edna Lewis, including in my upcoming cookbook, and the influence she has had on me as a chef and as a human being. […]

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