Chicago Dinners

Salon Dinners


Building community through creative,
thought-provoking, discussion-focused dinners

Join us every first Wednesday & Thursday for our Underground Salon 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 2 & 3: Alpine Tundra*
*Open for Submissions


March 2 & 3: Boreal Forest
April 6 & 7: Freshwater
May 4 & 5: Plains
June 1 & 2: Desert
July 6 & 7: Marine

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.

Enter the drawing below for a seat or two at our table!

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 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.

December’s Guests

First Curve Apothecary

Alternative & Holistic Health Service

To craft herbal products that draw us in to our own bodily ecology while grounding us in the world around us.

To offer affordable products to ensure that herbal self-care be as accessible as possible.

To promote well-being and resilience in individuals and communities so they can afford greater space for living.

To create meaningful connections through sharing our herbal products, learning, and knowledge with our community.

To provide spaces of learning for our community to develop and learn what our health means to us.

To defer ourselves to the fungi and plants, the true healers of the world, while we work to become allies and stewards of the ecosystems in which they thrive.

Veteran’s Roasters

Housing insecurity affects hundred of thousands of veterans in the United States.

Veteran Roasters Coffee was founded in 2017 to help give veterans a place to work and regain their lives after service. With every purchase of Veteran Roasters coffee, you help provide a job opportunity to an at-risk Veteran and provide them a community.

Our veteran coffee roasters are trained by some of the best premium coffee roasters in the Chicago area, providing them with a relevant, valuable skill set in an expanding industry. With Veteran Roasters, our team of hardworking veterans earn a living wage and gain access to housing assistance & many other resources.  Most importantly, they are a part of a community that supports and develops them both personally and professionally.

Past Partners

Menus

DECEMBER 2021
“SMELL”

SPICY – FRUITY
Clarified Milk Glogg 
(Allspice, Berry)

CARAMEL – NUTTY 
Chestnut Honey Hazelnut Soup
Hazelnut Seeded Crackers
(Chestnut Honey, Hazelnuts)

SULFUR- RESINOUS 
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)

FLORAL – SPICY 
Black Pepper Pecorino Galaktoboureko 
Orange Blossom Syrup, Black Pepper Cream
(Orange Blossom, Black Pepper)

BURNED
Veteran’s Roasters Coffee Demonstration
(Coffee)

HERBACEOUS
First Curve Apothecary Tea Demonstration
(Tea)

WOODY 
Shortbread Cookies with Pine Powdered Sugar
(Pine)

NOVEMBER 2021
“Sound”

MOCKTAIL
Apple Rosemary Autumn Punch

APPETIZERS
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

MAINS
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

DESSERTS
Childhood Playground: Nostalgic Tastes

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

FINAL BITE
Crunch Winter: Playful Snow Snacks

Coconut & Lime Granita + Rainbow Sprinkles

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