7 Reasons Not to Miss Everest's 30th Anniversary Celebration

7 Reasons Not to Miss Everest's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Michigan Avenue |
Jan 4, 2017

Casual dining may dominate Chicago’s current food scene, but there’s still room in this town for restaurants that put a premium on elegance, sophistication, and superior technique—and since 1986, Everest has been the epitome of all three. Now the four-star stalwart on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange building is preparing to celebrate 30 years, and—with help from legendary chef and proprietor Jean Joho—we’ve got the scoop on why this fine foodie celebration is not to be missed.

Chef-Joho

Legendary chef and proprietor Jean Joho of Everest.

Because he’s always pushing to get better. “You have to upgrade everything you do, not just on a yearly basis, on a daily basis. You try to improve. I tell my staff, ‘What is good for me today is not good enough for me tomorrow.’ There’s always space to improve or you never achieve where you want to be, it’s just impossible. Every day, try to make it better.”

Because Joho has always been a locavore. “[Even] 30 years ago I only used fresh ingredients from the United States—I never imported something. I never used European cheese, I always [worked with] American farm craft cheesemakers. Everything was made in this country. Thirty years ago it was a big achievement to do this.”

Because he brought risotto to Chicago. “When I opened, I was the first restaurant [in Chicago] to have risotto on the menu; at the time I had a page in the New York Times with the best risotto in the country. Not only was I a French chef, not only did I open a French restaurant, but I was serving an Italian dish, a carnaroli risotto. I had a producer for rice from Italy who brought it in in Emilio Pucci bags.”

Everest-dining-room

The Everest main dining room.

Because he has influenced a generation. Recalls chef John Hogan of River Roast, who is an Everest alum, “I was previously a chef before I worked for Joho, but I felt as though my training wasn’t complete. Attention to detail, creative view of cuisine, his take on French cuisine—all of it provided great influence.” Chef Thomas Lents of Michelin two-starred Sixteen echoes that sentiment, adding, “Everest was the first great restaurant I worked in. It showed me [that] another level of food and hospitality was possible. The detail that chef Joho put into the building of a dish challenged me to look at cooking differently. It really opened the door for the rest of my career.”

Because Everest has stood the test of time—and not just for the food“Joho is a warm host in the dining room and a creative force in the kitchen,” notes Hogan. “He has a vision to carry what I like to call ‘the torch of Alsace’—the tradition of his homeland. He’s been at Everest for 30 years because he keeps the concept so unique. It is truly four-star dining at its finest.”

Everest-vintage-carnaroli-risotto

Everest vintage carnaroli risotto.

So you can party like it’s 1986. Everest’s 30th anniversary celebration kicks off on January 11 with a special menu featuring dishes from the restaurant’s first year, including black and white carnaroli risotto; roasted, wrapped, and line-caught sea bass in potato and thyme; and crispy Alsace apple strudel with maple ice cream. For Joho, though, the most exciting aspect of the anniversary will be the two alumni celebrations featuring chefs who worked at Everest, including Tom Fleming of Crossroads Diner in Dallas as well as locals Hogan, Lents, and Paul Virant of Vie. Says Joho, “What I enjoy is [when] people who spent time here [and are now] successful come back for the day to work here and show off what they like to do.”

Because there’s still hope for haute cuisine. “I still believe you need fine dining,” says Joho. “You want to go eat somewhere where you can have a conversation. With people all night on the phone and tweeting during dinner, that’s a part of life—[but it’s important] to share a good moment at the table with family or friends. It’s happening less and less, [but] I think it’s coming back.”

Media Contact

Emily Clark pr@leye.com 773-907-7347

You May Also Like...

In The Restaurants
Gift Guide
May 10, 2018

Whether it's a birthday, the holiday season or any of the countless holidays throughout the year,…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Lettuce in Love: Weddings with Lettuce Parties
Feb 13, 2018

It's almost Valentine's Day and love is in the air. Believe it or not it's a tale as old as time (or…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Where to go on Valentine’s Day 2018
Feb 4, 2018

Have you made your Valentine's Day plans yet? It's right around the corner and there's lots of…

read more >
How To
It’s Apple Season: Where To Get Them and Where To Eat Them
Oct 19, 2017

Yeah, yeah, pumpkin this and pumpkin that, but let us not forget about our other favorite fall…

read more >
In The Restaurants
After 30 Years, Here Are 30 Things You Need to Know About Everest
Jan 4, 2017

  This month, Chef/ Proprietor J. Joho and the Everest team invite you to join us in…

read more >

Recent Posts

In The Restaurants
Memorial Day 2018
May 25, 2018

An extra long weekend calls for an extra day of relaxing and brunching. Find out where to enjoy…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Your New Go-To Lunch Spot is Sushi-san
May 25, 2018

If you work in River North, your lunch break just got a major upgrade with Sushi-san’s new lunch!…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Celebrate National Wine Day Today
May 24, 2018

National Wine Day (May 25) is today, and while we love a great Napa Cab or Sauvignon Blanc from…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Only on Thursdays: Alaskan King Crab & Burgers at Oyster Bah
May 23, 2018

Why wait for the weekend to have all the fun because every Thursday night at Oyster Bah, in the Low…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Let’s Do Lunch! Meet You at Booth One
May 22, 2018

It seems that no one ever has time for lunch, which is often replaced by a quick snack between…

read more >
How To
Here’s How to Make Pesto
May 21, 2018

Summer is upon us and one of our favorite seasonal condiments is pesto! You can make pesto with…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Farm(ers Market) Right to Your Table: Brunch at Stella Barra
May 17, 2018

Chef / Partner Jeff Mahin (Summer House Santa Monica, Stella Barra Pizzeria, M Street Kitchen and…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Now Serving: Happy Hour at Antico Posto
May 17, 2018

Here’s something to get “happy” about. You can now enjoy Antico Posto for lunch, dinner and…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Brunching in the Chicago Burbs?
May 16, 2018

When planning your weekend, brunch should always be a priority and trust us, there’s lox to love…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Windy City Smokeout Presents the Country Music Stars of Tomorrow
May 13, 2018

Windy City Smokeout is returning to Chicago on July 13-15! Known for showcasing country music's…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Rise & Shine: The Best Way to Breakfast During the Week
May 13, 2018

Early risers rejoice! We've rounded up all of our weekday breakfast specialties that will keep you…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Celebrate Mother’s Day 2018
May 11, 2018

That special woman who would do absolutely anything for you deserves a day to be celebrated. Join us…

read more >
Lettuce Consulting Group

Grow Your Business

Learn More
Career Opportunities

Join Our Team

Search Jobs
Latest Articles

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Sign Up Now

Lettuce on Instagram

Checkout our feed @lettuceentertainyou!