Between Bites turned 5 — yes, five! — so we celebrated with an all-out bash! In honor of the occasion, we turned our typical format on its head, with 11 of our favorite past storytellers sharing five-minute food-related stories. 

Our lineup:


Shelby Allison, co-owner, Lost Lake
Kevin Boehm, co-founder, Boka Restaurant Group
Steve Dolinsky, co-founder Pizza City USA Tours; food reporter, ABC 7 News
Sarah Grueneberg, chef/owner, Monteverde
Joseph Hernandez, deputy food editor, Chicago Tribune Media Group
Brian Jupiter, executive chef, Frontier, Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods (not pictured)
Ina Pinkney, chef, columnist, author
Penny Pollack, co-host, Dining Out Loud podcast
Jeff Ruby, chief dining critic/features writer, Chicago magazine
Erling Wu-Bower, chef/owner, Pacific Standard Time
Ji Suk Yi, features reporter, Chicago Sun-Times

Special thanks to our generous sponsors, Gem Catering, Meta wine, Tsingtao beer, Glendalough, El Tesoro and Apologue, L.A. Burdick, Bake Me Off and Boxed Water. Also thanks to Chicago Gourmet for raffling off two tickets to the event.

Proceeds from the night benefitted the Honeycomb Project, which offers volunteer opportunities for kids and families.