Stephanie Izard Credit: Galdones Photography

Celebrity chef Stephanie Izard will try her hand at Chinese at her Boka group collaboration Duck Duck Goat, slated to open in November in the West Loop. For Izard it’s home cooking, conjuring early aromatic memories of making moo shu pork with her late mother. Brave ingredients and bold flavors have been Izard’s calling card at Girl & the Goat and Little Goat, and her sense of culinary adventure fits the cuisine. She’s done her research by exploring the kitchens of mainland China, and a more recent trip to Taiwan with her staff solidified one fun restaurant feature: a take-out window, through which Izard will serve street foods like dumplings, noodles, and fried chicken. Other menu items, sampled earlier this summer at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, include fried rice, Chinese spare ribs, and a grilled whole fish, according to the Aspen Times. Izard told Travel and Leisure that Chicagoans aren’t quite ready for more off-the-wall items like stinky tofu or pig’s blood cake, but then again, back in the summer of 2010, who could’ve imagined we’d be happily ordering pig face?

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