Monday Night Foodball has been on a holiday hiatus for more than a month, and I’m soooooo bored. I can’t spend another Monday night pacing the empty, echoing void of the Kedzie Inn, balancing imaginary plates of curried lamb ddukboki, Cambodian fried chicken sandwiches, and pimento cheese hash brown jalapeno poppers, plaintively calling out your name.
Can someone let me out? I’m running out of beer. There’s only Malört left.
I guess I can wait until January 24. That’s when the Reader’s weekly guest chef pop-up series at the Kedzie in Irving Park returns with an all-star lineup of ronin chefs, most of whom you’ve read about here—and some you will in the coming weeks.
If your rearview has been fogged since the hazy days of late 2021, this is how it works: chefs, most of them operating outside the traditional brick-and-mortar hospitality structure, take over the Kedzie’s spacious kitchen and dining room each Monday, cooking a fresh, à la minute menu. We’ll publish the menus a week beforehand, and I’ll catch up with the chefs right here. You can preorder from them directly (I’ll tell you how), or you can roll the dice, show up any time after five, place an order, and grab a drink at the bar while you wait.
What’s different this year? You’ll need proof of vaccination to get in. I’ll be masked up at the door, checking and personally congratulating you on your fully vaxxed status—unless you aren’t. Please don’t make us say no to you.
First up on Monday, January 24, is Nemanja Milunovic, who’s mounting a Rocky Balboa-style comeback after abruptly closing his marvelous Kiosk Balkan Street Food ghost kitchen last October. I’ll tell you now, the menu Milunovic has planned is a major flex relative to Kiosk’s. Until I fill you in on the full story next week, I have two more words for you: pizza burek.
Here’s the current lineup for Monday Night Foodball 2022. More coming.
February 7: TBA
February 14: bye week for Valentine’s Day