Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest

About Event

About Event

WHEN:  Saturday, February 2, 2019
TIME:  11:30 am to 3:00 pm (VIP 11:00 – 3:00)
WHERE:  900 N. North Branch St, Chicago

The chicken will fly the coop right into the fryer for a philanthropic cause for Kendall College Trust’s fourth annual Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest on Saturday, February 2, 2019. The party will be held at Kendall College from 11:30 am-3:00 pm. All event proceeds benefit Kendall College Trust, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that raises scholarship funds for students in need obtaining their culinary and hospitality degrees and supports the Kendall College Trust Culinary Camp for high school students from underserved communities in Chicago.

Kendall College Trust Executive Director, Catherine De Orio gathers a roster of Chicago’s finest chefs who can make clucking awesome fried chicken to fry-up their take on this classic dish.

The fried dishes will be paired with different types of Champagne and sparkling wines provided by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits along with Goose Island beer. The VIP Champagne Lounge will serve up premium selections from Pops for Champagne curated by Mike Seward. Sip on champs while munching on bites from the following chefs:

Ryan McCaskey (Acadia; 2016 Golden Hen Award winner)
Lee Wolen (Boka)
Tom Carlin (Dove’s Luncheonette)
Danny Grant (etta)
Eric Mansavage (Farmhouse)
Matt Troost (Good Measure; 2015 Golden Hen winner)
Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp (Honey Butter Fried Chicken; 2015 and 2016 People’s Choice Award winner)
Justin Diglia (Joe’s Stone Crab)
Beverly Kim (Parachute)
Joseph Rizza (Prime & Provisions)

The lineup of esteemed chefs will put their own unique spin on the classic American dish, while vying for the following three awards:

The Golden Hen – Best Overall Fried Chicken
(Determined by an esteemed panel of media and industry experts)

The People’s Choice
(Voted upon by attendees)

 Best Table Décor
(Voted upon by attendees)


Basic Bird $90: Includes tastings of each chef’s fried chicken dish, accompaniments, Goose Island beer, sparkling water, dessert, sparkling wine and Champagne *.

Fancy Fowl $195: Includes all of the above perks PLUS 30-minute early entry and exclusive access into the Pops for Champagne pop-up lounge featuring an impressive selection of premium Champagnes. *

*Must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event. Proof of age will be required at the door.

No refunds will be issued.

A portion of the ticket sales and donations made toward the fund are tax deductible. Kendall College Trust will provide appropriate documentation.

Watch a video recap of last year's party!

Purchase Tickets

Purchase Basic Bird Tickets $90

Purchase Fancy Fowl Tickets $195

Oh, cluck! I can’t make it, but I’d love to donate.