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Last Minute Plans: Pop Up Dinner with Brandon Baltzley

By Anthony Todd in Food on Feb 10, 2011 5:40PM

Chef Baltzley and his amazing tattoo.
We love to see chefs helping each other out. Last night, we received word that Brandon Baltzley, formerly of Mado, is hosting another pop-up dinner at Yuca Cafe in Bucktown tonight at 7. After the awesomeness that was his last pop up dinner, we were very excited. It got even better - Baltzley later informed us that he is just acting as backup for his friends, Jose Cervantes (former general manager of Rosebud) and Emmanuel Cadengo (former sous at Mado). He's bragged up Cadengo to us before, and it's great to see that sort of support. Whomever actually cooks your plate, the dinner will be six courses of Mexican food. Dishes like fish tacos, pozole, green mole with chicken and plantain, porkbelly with huitlacoche and white mole and bistec a la mexicana will fill out the $50 menu. The dinner will allow guests to BYOB, but wine pairings from Life's a Cabernet will be available for $22 dollars.

As of this posting, less than 1/3 of the seats were still available. If you want to taste food from this talented chef (and his talented protege) grab a spot now. To reserve, call 312-369-9210.

Yuca Cafe is located at 2257 W North Ave.