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El Ideas Hosts World's Most Expensive Ham Dinner

By Anthony Todd in Food on May 9, 2013 6:20PM

Chef Foss with his fancy ham.

Are you a ham lover? Can you tell your serrano from your prosciutto with a blindfold on? If so, you should buy tickets to this special dinner at El Ideas on May 19.

Chef Phillip Foss has teamed up with Rodrick Markus of Rare Tea Cellar, purveyor of all things gourmet and unusual, to bring this special cave-aged ham to Chicago. The Spanish ham was made from acorn-fed pigs and then left in a cave to get extra tasty — because everything that spends time in a cave gets tastier. See: wine and cheese.

The dinner starts at 7:30 and costs $250. We told you it was the world's most expensive ham! Based on all of our experiences with El Ideas, we can safely say you'll be getting your money's worth. In addition to the ham, El will be pouring Spanish wines (including a sherry from 1975) and cocktails made with new truffle bitters from Markus and mixologist Adam Seger.

Email to make reservations.

El Ideas is at 2419 W. 14th Street.