By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Apr 04, 2024 at 12:02 PM

Both the Ardent tasting room and its reimagined casual lounge at 1751 N. Farwell Ave. have taken a winter hiatus with a reopening planned for May. But the Ardent Lounge will be open this weekend for a very special pop-up with Chicago Chef Brian Fisher

The pop-up – which Chef and owner Justin Carlisle describes as having a “neighborhood wine bar feel” –  will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. No reservations are required; service will be first come, first served.

The menu will feature a combination of snacks and larger plates including: 

  • Anchovy olives
  • Caviar onion dip, potato chips, malt vinegar
  • Sardines, dashi mayo, fried garlic, chili
  • Celery root, adobo, apple, onion
  • Bucatini, Sunday Gravy
  • Fish, Brussels sprouts, Bentons Country Ham
  • Ring bologna, French lentils, mire poix
  • Pork chop, buttermilk, spring peas, yuzu kosho, shallot
  • Mochi doughnut, smoked cheddar, truffle
  • Canéle, Fior do Latte gelato

To accompany, Ardent Bar Manager Kyle Yost will be serving up a variety of cocktails as well as pours from a substantial list of wines curated for the occasion. 

Fisher’s career has included work across the U.S., from New York to San Francisco. But a position as Chef de Cuisine at Michelin-starred Schwa in Wicker Park drew him back to Chicago in 2016. His recent post at Chicago’s Entente earned him his first Michelin Star.

In 2018, he was a James Beard semifinalist in the category of Best Chef Great Lakes. Over the years, Fisher also led the charge for Saved by the Max pop-ups in Chicago and Los Angeles. Fisher is also behind the menu at Dorian's, a bar, small plates restaurant, record store and music venue. Fisher was a guest chef for a collaborative dinner at Ardent in September of 2019.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.