Chefs Grueneberg, Neubeck & Pederson, Broken Shaker Mixologists Announced for Chefs’ Playground VIP hour | Additional Tickets Released

27 May

We are thrilled to announce that Sarah Grueneberg and Megan Neubeck will grace the terrace at Terzo Piano for the VIP hour that precedes next week’s Chef’s Playground gala.

Sarah Grueneberg, a Top Chef Texas finalist, served as the executive chef of Mantuano’s award-winning Spiaggia until 2013 to open her first restaurant. Grueneberg and business partner Meg Sahs, a fellow Spiaggia alumnus and former Terzo Piano Chef de Cuisine will open their first restaurant, Monteverde, at 1020 W. Madison this summer. This is Chef Grueneberg’s second Chefs’ Playground event.

Megan Neubeck has served as Terzo Piano’s Chef de Cuisine since 2012 and was also briefly on the line at Spiaggia alongside Grueneberg and Sahs. After a brief stint as a pastry assistant at BOKA, Megan returned to the Levy family of restaurants to help open Terzo Piano in 2009. Neubeck’s skill with both sweet and savory dishes has earned her praise from Time Out, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, and more! This is Chef Neubeck’s third Chefs’ Playground event.

Nicole Pederson is the founding Executive Chef at Found Kitchen. Chef Pederson’s commitment to local and seasonal produce has hearkened comparisons to a young Alice Waters. A true global citizen, Pederson worked in acclaimed restaurants France, Vail, Colorado, and New York before returning to the Midwest to work at Lula Cafe and C-House, among others, before being recruited to open Found Kitchen in Evanston. Chef Pederson recently won the coveted Cochon 555. This is Chef Pederson’s second event with AGC.

These talented and accomplished chefs will cook exclusively for VIP ticket holders during a VIP cocktail hour between 6:00 and 7:00 pm. We are honored to have three such accomplished women cooking for our VIP guests. Chefs Neubeck and Grueneberg will be preparing vegetable-based dishes for this VIP hour.

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Chefs Grueneberg, Neubeck and Pederson will be joined during this VIP reception by three creative and celebrated mixologists from the Broken Shaker, a much anticipated new cocktail bar which opened last week inside the new Freehand Hotel. Founders Elad Zvi and Gabriel Ortega will be mixing up magic at Chefs’ Playground alongside Bar Manager Freddie Sarkis. Adam Seger will be pouring creativity inside for our main event.

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As of this afternoon, only a handful of VIP tickets remain. In celebration of these exciting announcements and in anticipation of even more exciting special guests to be announced this week, we’ve released an additional set of 25 VIP tickets and 25 General Admission tickets. We expect these to be gone within the week, so purchase yours today! Join these and many more celebrated chefs and mixologists next Thursday, June 4th at Terzo Piano in the Art Institute of Chicago.

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