Chef-servers, working a charcoal fire pit, create a dinner-party atmosphere at Chicago’s ZED451

Chef-servers, working a charcoal fire pit, create a dinner-party atmosphere at Chicago’s ZED451

At the new ZED451 in Chicago, chef-servers offer grilled meats to guests at tables, then return to a blazing, charcoal-fueled fire pit that is the main cooking medium and focal point of the dining room. It’s an upscale-casual dining experience company officials liken to a dinner party at the home of a culinarily skilled host.

If that style of service hints of a Brazilian churrascaria, typified by gaucho-clad servers carving meat on swords in the dining room, it’s no coincidence.

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