A note from Sebastian,
the founder, president and ED of The Evolved Network
As you know cooking is something I’m extremely passionate about and believe in deeply, as it is the foundational piece of The Evolved Network's mission. I’ve been so extremely fortunate that I get to share in that passion and collaborate with incredible chefs, which just makes the process even more special. I’m excited to announce that for our next pop up I’ll be collaborating with Chef Tigist Reda at her Uptown staple and in my opinion the best Ethiopian restaurant in the city, Demera. I met Chef Tigist as she was educating and encouraging the Chicago Chef community to support her efforts in Tigray. That effort eventually led to a Chicago Chefs Cook fundraiser for Tigray. I was inspired by her strength, courage, and drive as female chef of color among a group of Chicago chefs who are largely Caucasian males. Chef Tigist commands respect organically, and this is felt by the Chicago Chef Community and beyond. Some of the many qualities I admire about Chef Tigist is her belief in herself, her concept, and what’s she built. Chef Tigist doesn’t submit to the pressures and complexities that can come with Chicago’s culinary scene and stays true to herself and how she sees her value. Chef Tigist’s care for improving communities from Tigray to the Southwest sides of Chicago has been consistent and is apparent in her side projects both at home and in the city. We were extremely fortunate that a chef of her esteem quickly became a supporter and advocate for The Evolved Network and we look forward to many collaborations with her.
So, we could’ve stopped there, but when Chef Sarah Stegner asked to join in on the fun, we jokingly couldn’t deny bringing her award winning flavors to our party as a part of the collaboration. Chef Stegner is a two-time James Beard Award winner and the Illinois 2022 Restaurateur of the year. If you’ve followed our story, you know The Evolved Network is not what we are without Chef Stegner’s support, mentorship, and care. Our final secret is our last course offering will be made by GT-Prime’s own Chef Casey Doody!!! This is an all-star collaboration that I’m so very fortunate to be a part of and learn from, all in support of The Evolved Network’s mission and vision.
Thank you, Chefs Reda, Stegner, and Doody from the bottom of my heart!