ELMHURST, Illinois; December 4, 2017 — Elmhurst Brewing Company is excited to introduce its new head chef, Jason Kurosaki, an accomplished executive chef whose experience with a wide variety of cuisines, with using beer in food and menu preparation, and with creating food and beer pairings, will make the brewery both a beer and a food destination.
Kurosaki, 36, joins Elmhurst Brewing from Tavern Collective, a seven-restaurant group in the Chicagoland area. Kurosaki became the executive chef at one of their locations, Lake Street Kitchen + Bar in Oak Park, in 2011, and ultimately opened five of the group’s restaurants.
With pastry chef and chef roles at such Chicago area restaurants as Avec , Sola , City Social Kitchen, and Custom House, Kurosaki is poised to use his diverse experience to create a brewpub that will appeal to all tastes.
“We are ecstatic to have a chef of Jason’s caliber lead our menu creation and our kitchen, to deliver tasty, unique and ever-changing food options that will appeal to both adults and children alike,” said Elmhurst Brewing owners, Frazer Donaldson and Pete Dolan, who expect to open their city’s first microbrew pub, located at 171 N. Addison Ave., by January, 2018 (construction began in April 2017).
“Jason’s culinary “journey” has taken him from Arkansas to Hawaii to Chicago,” Donaldson and Dolan added. “He has such an interesting approach to food, to cooking, and, most importantly, to people. We are proud and excited to share our brewpub journey with him!”
At Tavern Collective, Kurosaki focused on overseeing all menus and kitchen operations for the seven locations. He can’t wait to get back to being a hands-on chef and kitchen manager for Elmhurst Brewing, and said he has always wanted a role that combines the creativity and artisanship of both food preparation and beer preparation.
“We will have a lot to offer Elmhurst and neighboring communities who enjoy quality meals that taste great, and that are good for you,” Kurosaki said.
“There are several great breweries in the western suburbs but very few offer food. I am looking forward to offering great food to pair with our great beer,” he added. “We will be focusing on lots of flavor, sourcing the best ingredients, and cooking everything fresh and to order.”
For more information, and for interview requests, please contact Frazer@elmhurstbrewing.com