Five chefs walk into a theater. Laughter follows. No, really.
Michael Muser, general manager at Grace.
With Instagram, Yelp, and the abundance of food-related blogs, these are definitely interesting times for the restaurant industry—and no one understands that better than those who work in it. “The chef profession is a fascinating and hilarious one,” says Michael Muser, general manager and partner at fine dining restaurant Grace. It’s the latter that Muser—no slouch himself in the funny department despite his suit-and-tie gig at the three-Michelin-starred West Loop restaurant—plans on emphasizing at the event this Sunday, August 20, dubbed “Muze: Episode One—Taste Buds” at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater where he’ll be joined by five of Chicago’s top chefs: Rick Bayless (Frontera, Topolobampo, Xoco, Leña Brava), Carrie Nahabedian (Naha, Brindille) Curtis Duffy (Grace), Sarah Grueneberg (Monteverde) and Abraham Conlon (Fat Rice). The event, hopefully the first in a series, is being done in partnership with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a charity Muser has long been involved with, including hosting its annual restaurant industry Jean Banchet Awards.
Following a Champagne reception in the theater’s lobby, the chefs take to the theater’s stage for what’s promised to be a “comedy show” full of behind-the-scenes stories of what goes on in the kitchens of some of Chicago’s most beloved restaurants. Added bonuses: Bayless will be put in the hot seat (pun intended) for a blind salsa tasting and all the chefs will take part in a quick-fire question-and-answer segment. We predict the number of local chefs scheduled to be in the audience will add to the, um, lively banter. General admission, $50, $65 at door; VIP, $100 (includes food from West Loop Salumi and Pastoral Artisan Cheese and backstage access with the chefs and surprise guests), only available online; muze.eventscff.org