Between Border Oak, X-marx (now Fat Rice) and Cellar Door Provisions, underground dinners are quietly taking over the Logan Square food scene. The latest to drop in is Feast and Imbibe, an underground dinner concept based out of Evanston.
Heather Bublick and D’Andre Carter started their culinary careers as interns at renowned molecular gastronomy restaurant moto. Carter worked his way up to Executive Sous Chef, while Bublick shifted her focus to beverages at Lettuce Entertain You’s Tru. Eventually, the former coworkers decided to start a company of their own.
“We wanted to open up our own catering company and started doing pop ups to get our name out there,” Bublick says. “We ended up falling in love with the pop up concept and stuck with them.”
Although most of their private dinners take place in Evanston, they also hold events in the city. In April, Feast and Imbibe collaborated with Tuesday Night Dinner for Safari Supper (the British name for a progressive dinner), a dinner party where each course is eaten at the home of a different host. Feast and Imbibe also held a dinner series at Logan Square’s Jam Restaurant (@JAMRestaurant, 3057 W. Logan Blvd.). This October they plan to return.
Planned for October 6, 2013, the Chef’s Reunion Collaboration Dinner will showcase four moto alums: Heather Bublick, D’Andre Carter, Claire Crenshaw and Richard Farina. Chefs Carter, Crenshaw and Farina will each prepare two courses, and Bublick will select the beverages.
“It’s such a beautiful space,” Bublick said of Jam. “We’ve both always enjoyed eating there, and Jeff Mauro (Chef at Jam, formerly of Charlie Trotter’s and North Pond) has been gracious about inviting us back.”
Tickets for the event will be $95 per seat, tax and tip included. There also will be one chef’s table available for 8 to 10 people for $135 per person, and will include nine courses. Tickets are available for purchase online.
Photo: Heather Bublick