Chef/Owner, Sunday Dinner Club & Honey Butter Fried Chicken
In fall 2013, after eight years of running a highly successful underground
Chicago supper club, Josh Kulp and Chef/Owner Christine Cikowski launched their first brick-and-mortar concept, Honey Butter Fried Chicken to much acclaim. To the restaurant’s Avondale neighbors, Kulp serves homey comfort food made right—from the slightly spicy creamed corn from organic Midwest corn and Thai green curry made in-house, to the signature condiment of whipped butter with Wisconsin honey. “I describe it as the kind of food people really want to eat, but done well with great ingredients and in a thoughtful way so everything is accessible,” Kulp explains. This accutely honed philosophy began at Sunday Dinner Club, which he and Cikowski established in 2005 and is still going strong today. The duo created the dining series just months after the two of them graduated from Kendall College of Culinary Arts in Chicago. Josh is an active part of Pilot Light, which empowers children to make healthier choices by teaching about food and nutrition in schools; and with a passion for social justice, he has personally lobbied congress to push for an increase of the minimum wage and to improve worker benefits.