'Top Chef' Finalist Brings Korean Bar Food To Evanston

Beverly Kim and her husband John Clark, who worked at Lula Café, will be serving two seatings on Aug. 26 at Company, a pop-up restaurant at 1307 Chicago Ave.

Beverly Kim, left, a "Top Chef" finalist, will cook at Company in Evanston Monday, Aug. 26.
Beverly Kim, left, a "Top Chef" finalist, will cook at Company in Evanston Monday, Aug. 26.

A Top Chef finalist will be cooking Korean bar foods like pork belly pancakes and bi bim bop at Evanston’s new pop-up restaurant this August. 

Beverly Kim and her husband and co-chef, John Clark, will be presenting a concept called “The Hof” on Monday, Aug. 26, at Company, 1307 Chicago Ave. Kim was a finalist on season nine of Top Chef, according to a press release.

Founded by Eric Singer of Lucky Platter and Craig Golden of Union Pizzeria and S.P.A.C.E., Company hosts a rotating series of dinners from established chefs and beginners alike at the 500-square-foot, 18-seat space.

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Previous guests have included Feast and Imbibe, a partnership of two former employees of Chicago’s Michelin-rated Moto Restaurant, and a team dinner by Erwin Drechsler of Erwin’s in Lakeview and Stephanie Samuels of Angel Food Bakery. 

Kim is planning a menu of traditional Korean bar food that will be served family style, according to the release. Dishes include Korean chicken wings with honey vinegar and chili; cured pork belly pancakes with mung beans, pickled pineapple and mizuna; and bi bim bop made with smoked lake trout, fennel kimchi and wood-grilled romaine. 

“We are really excited to cook at Company because it affords us the opportunity to showcase our food at an intimate location that has the feel of a real restaurant,” Kim said in the release. “We plan to use the space to curate a dynamic food and beverage experience, to create excitement about a kind of restaurant we would like to create.” 

Cocktails made with the sweet rice wine Slow City Makgeolli—brewed in Niles—will accompany the meal. Tickets are $49 per person and can be purchased in advance on the Company website.

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