Grilling with John: A Class Series by Chef John Manion

Looking to up your grilling game this summer? Join us at El Che Steakhouse & Bar for our Grilling With John series, in which Chef John Manion shares his knowledge learned from grill masters in Argentina and Brazil with 10 lucky guests. Recognized as a “Master of the Flame” by Chicago Tribune’s Phil Vettel, Manion spent his childhood in South America, where the weekend asado, or backyard barbecue, was a way of life.

The intimate Sunday classes start with the lighting of the restaurant’s grill and end with a family-style meal at El Che’s Hearth Table. In between, insider tips on cooking with an open flame will be offered, ingredients will be prepped and wine will be drunk. 

John will host three themed classes this summer on Sunday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.:

May 19: Brazil, where Manion spent his childhood, kicks off the series. Manion will cook whole beef ribs gaucho-style and hang picanhas (the national cut of Brazil) to roast over the open flame. Traditional Brazilian side dishes will also be part of the menu, including feijoada-style black beans. In addition, attendees will learn how to properly make Brazil’s go-to cocktail, caipirinha.

June 23: The United States is the focus of the second class with Manion discussing his deep love for barbecue chicken, thin-cut pork chops, coleslaw, corn on the cob and potato salad. A massive "Eisenhower Tomahawk" ribeye will be cooked directly on hot coals. Local beers and barbecue-friendly wines will be featured.

August 18: A proper Argentinian asado, just like you’d find in backyards all over Buenos Aires, will close out the series. Look for some of El Che’s signature meat cuts to be featured as well as a few surprises. Share in Argentina’s national beverage, mate, as well as Fernet and coke, and some special wines from the South American country.

Each class is limited to 10 guests, $75 per person and includes a welcome cocktail, dinner and a glass of wine. Additional beverages are available for purchase.