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Do This: Cooking Demo With Chef Bill Kim

By Melissa Wiley in Food on Oct 8, 2013 8:20PM

2013_10_billkim_melissawiley1.jpg When Bill Kim gets saucy, we pay attention. And this Saturday at a cooking demo on his bellyQ patio, his signature line of sauces will grace chilled edamame, brisket, pork ribs, and coconut shrimp, all of which you’ll have ample opportunity to eat your fill while sipping some alcohol-infused passion fruit drinking vinegar.

When we last visited Kim on his patio, we learned, dare we say, as much about life and what it takes to live a good one as about cooking a righteous egg noodle and watermelon salad with pattypan squash. Before he began putting so much as olive oil to pan, he apologized for his prolixity and then indulged it, narrating his journey from Charlie Trotter protégé to time spent in some of the toniest kitchens of New York to boss of all things belly in Chicago.

Eager as we were to bite into his Korean short ribs, something in his soft, deliberate manner kept us rapt and our appetites in rare abeyance. Maybe because his story was not only a little long but also true. In addition to feeding us well, he reminded us of the depth of passion needed to reap any real fruit, of which Kim's, we'll all agree, tastes better than most.

Tickets are $50 per person, and the fun begins at 11 am.

bellyQ is located at 1400 W. Randolph.