Seven years later, the two friends were linked in another way -- both appearing on Season 4 of Top Chef, set in Chicago. Izard, of course, won that competition and Bolon was the second to get booted off.
Since her experience on the show, Bolon has decided to go the personal chef route, cooking for regular and new clients in the comfort of their own homes.
But she's also teamed up with another personal chef, Rachel Winpar, to create the Culinary Speakeasy series, a monthly dinner at Winpar's downtown condo where they flex their skills for up to 30 people.
"I don't think anyone's doing what we're doing, because it's a unique experience to bring people together in a quaint cosy setting in a unique ambience with food and wine," Bolon says. "By the end of the night, everyone gets comfortable and knows each other."
They've been tweaking the concept since November, but this Saturday is the official launch of the series, a BYOB affair that costs $75 a head.
"We like to throw surprises in the mix, like bringing in local wine purveyors to do tastings. It's a good way to get others involved," Bolon says.
Saturday's six-course menu includes:
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