Three Intro Alumni Combining for Pop-Up Concept


Chef Stephen Gillanders, Chef CJ Jacobson, and Chef Aaron Martinez are coming together on December 28 and December 29 for a modern dim sum pop up at Chicago’s Intro. For two days only, these three former Intro visiting chefs are taking the entrepreneurial skills that they learned at Intro to take over the restaurant with a menu inspired by their travels—in particular Chef Gillanders’ journey through nine Asian countries.

An a la carte menu and pre-fixe option are available will feature elevated dim sum, noodles and rice and family-style feasts. A limited number of reservations are available from 5:30 to 9 p.m. for this special a la carte menu.

The three chefs have been working together at Lettuce Entertain You since their respective tenures at Intro. While playing around with modern dim sum and South East Asian flavors in the test kitchen, Lettuce Entertain You founder Rich Melman loved what he tasted and wanted to share their creativity with the public, as a pop-up style restaurant for two nights only.

An a la carte menu and multi-course, pre-fixe option are available. The menu is a collaboration between the three chefs and includes dishes like: a Turnip Cake with crispy mushrooms, Lamb Bao with shiitake soy, King Crab Soup Dumpling, Rice Noodles with shaved ham and peas, Pekin Duck with soy-honey glaze, Mandarin Meringue, and much more.

Reservations for the modern dim sum pop up at Intro can be made by calling the restaurant and OpenTable.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Chef Gillanders worked under Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Prime at Bellagio, Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria, oversaw all nine Jean-George Management’s New York City restaurants, as well as helping to open countless international projects. He is currently the Executive Chef/ Partner at Intro.

Orange County-born, Chef Jacobson worked under Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton at Campanile and as a private chef for VIPs such as Arianna Huffington and Guess clothing’s Marciano family. As well as becoming the executive chef at The Yard and Girasol, he has starred in two seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef, and most recently, winning Top Chef Duels in 2014. He is currently the Executive Chef/Partner at Ema.

Orange County native Chef Martinez previously worked under Chef Kobe Desramaults at In de Wul, Chef Micahel Tusk at Quince, and Chef/Owner James Syhabout at Commis.

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