Join us for an evening with famed “Top Chef” & Chef Partner of Aba, CJ Jacobson

Each guest will enjoy a delicious Aba dinner as Chef CJ talks through his inspiration for the menu as well as sharing some pro cooking-tips! The event will conclude with a guest question and answer session. Includes a 3 course boxed dinner for either one or  two guests. In addition to the meal, the box will include a custom-branded menu card; featuring one recipe of a dish they will enjoy. Add on a sommelier selection paired wine (Additional price).


Berries & Beet Salad to be constructed with Chef CJ during the Event

Chicken Kefta Kebab served with Dill Rice and Crispy Potatoes
Grilled Cauliflower Kebab- medool dates, red onion, turmeric

Crème Brulee Pie

*Additional Wine Option


Pick Up/Delivery

Program begins


CJ’s Demo and Talk Portion with Special Guest Sommelier Ted Diamantis


Closing Remarks

Presenting Sponsor

Jackson PPM America
per person
wine option
delivery fee

Free Pick Up from:

Aba: Fulton Market – L. Woods: Linconwood
Beatrix: Oak Brook – Chicago Youth Programs: Southside
100% of Wine Proceeds go to CYP

Joy Sponsor


Success Sponsors

Ernst and Young
Power Constructions
Latham Watkins
Kirkland & Ellis

Achievement Sponsors

Old Navy

Restaurant Sponsor


Wine Sponsor

Event Services

Lettuce Entertain You

Orange County-born Chef CJ Jacobson’s craft revolves around hyper-seasonal, local California ingredients, where foraging plays a main part in the flavor profiles that he creates in his kitchen. Beginning his culinary career in 2004, CJ has starred in two seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef won 2014 Top Chef Duels, and spent time cooking in many kitchens and across California. Now, Jacobson is a Chef / Partner at Aba and Ēma, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises restaurant concepts focused on Mediterranean-style cooking. Chef CJ and his team will be opening Aba in Austin in the Fall of 2020.

Chef CJ Jacobson