Chicago Dinners

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Salon Dinners

Building Community Through Creative,
Discussion-Focused Dinners

Geographies of Nature

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” -Khalil Gibran

Food and conversation go hand-in-hand, and we are always curious to learn more about people’s food memories, cultures, and stories—and what better way than around a table?

Join Candid Fare in 2022, as we uncover food memories and explore connections through our earth’s natural geographies. Taking the time to ruminate on the food stories shared with us over the past year, we heard countless stories and beautiful descriptions of scenery and locations

Let’s transport ourselves to other worlds and discuss the environments of our most vivid food memories.

This theme will serve as a source of creative inspiration that can take us in many wonderful and unexpected directions!  

Each dinner will transport attendees to a different ‘geography of nature’ through a three-course meal accompanied by a lively discussion every first Wednesday & Thursday, from 7:00-9:00 pm, in Chicago, Illinois.

Salon dinners convene individuals in thought-provoking conversation around a thematic topic over a shared meal. Each experience fosters an environment where attendees feel comfortable getting to know new people with different viewpoints, backgrounds, ideas, and stories through an engaging conversation in an intimate setting.

February 3: Alpine Tundra [closed]
March 3: Boreal Forest [closed]

April 21: Freshwater [closed]

May 4 & 5: Plains [closed]
June 8 & 9: Desert [closed]
July 6 & 7: Marine [closed]

August 3 & 4: Mediterranean [closed]

Important Notes:
We require all attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are feeling ill or are experiencing any symptoms please let us know so we may reschedule you for another dinner.
Please let us know if you have any mobility or sensory impairments so we can best accommodate. Dinners are intimate and can be cacophonous.

Join us in our kitchen

Local Partnerships

Candid Fare dinners highlight a local non-profit, organization, or small business making positive changes in our food systems and the local community. Each partner will be announced as a surprise guest upon arrival. We are proud to highlight the good work being done in and around the Chicago-land area.

July’s Guests

Shedd Aquarium

In discovering colorful corals and powerful sharks at Shedd, you’re connected to their wild counterparts—and the conservation research of Shedd scientists. Scientists from Shedd’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research conduct research to better understand wild animals and their habitats, helping us work with partners to build management strategies to protect them.   

Open Water

Open Water is ultra-purified, electrolyte-packed canned water in BPA-free aluminum packaging. Open Water uses the most recycled packaging in the world. Empty aluminum beverage containers are recycled more than twice as often as their plastic, glass, and carton counterparts. Open Water uses an average of 73% post-consumer aluminum in every bottle and can. Aluminum recycling is a true closed loop. That means that the material from one bottle can go right back into making another identical bottle, which doesn’t happen with plastic and cartons. Open Water is the 1st and only certified climate neutral bottled water brand. They offset all of the emissions created not only by their packaging, but by their company operations as a whole.

Past Partners



Clarified Milk Glogg 
(Allspice, Berry)

Chestnut Honey Hazelnut Soup
Hazelnut Seeded Crackers
(Chestnut Honey, Hazelnuts)

Charred Chicken, Blistered Grapes, Fennel, Cranberry Beans, Charred Onion Petals, Red Wine Jus 
Roasted Gobo Root, Burnt Persimmons, Vanilla Beurre Blanc 
Burnt Radicchio, Chicories, Caramelized Figs, Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Charred Mushrooms, Vanilla Pickled Shallots
(Burnt Match, Vanilla)

Black Pepper Pecorino Galaktoboureko 
Orange Blossom Syrup, Black Pepper Cream
(Orange Blossom, Black Pepper)

Veteran’s Roasters Coffee Demonstration

First Curve Apothecary Tea Demonstration

Shortbread Cookies with Pine Powdered Sugar


Apple Rosemary Autumn Punch

Park Sounds: Oktoberfest Fall Picnic

Humboldt Fog, Emmi Appenzeller, Artikaas 5yr Gouda
Honey Mustard Squash Dip
Whole Grain Mustard
Garam Masala, Apple, + Persimmon Butter
Brown Seeded Soda Bread

Thunderstorm Sounds: Cozy Comfort

Mushroom, Caramelized Onion, and Asiago Cottage Pie
Butternut Squash Schnitzel with Fried Sage Aioli
Shaved Cauliflower, Pickled Currants, Pistachio Dukkah
Crunchy Autumn Slaw

Childhood Playground: Nostalgic Tastes

Peanut Butter, Hibiscus Grape Jelly, Cinnamon Star Bread
Marshmallow Dipping Sauce

Crunch Winter: Playful Snow Snacks

Coconut & Lime Granita + Rainbow Sprinkles

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