Pig & Fire Introduces Filipino Pork Belly Tacos and Crackling Pork Face at Monday Night Foodball

When I first touched the glassy, ​​porous exterior of Roel Estanilla’s suckling pig back in January, I knew it was Monday Night Foodball material. Just a sliver of the crispy skin encasing the lush, roasted pork belly would be worth the price of a ticket to the of the reader weekly pop-up chef series at Irving Park’s Kedzie Inn.

Pig and fire sisig. Credit: Ally Neutze/Little Wolf Media

Estanilla and his wife Jen had other priorities, namely the incubation of a little Piglet, which finally arrived at the end of last month. She’ll be there with mom and dad this Monday, April 25, when her wonderful catering/pop-up operation Pig & Fire ventures out from her Hatchery HQ for an evening of sublime Filipino food straight from Kedzie’s kitchen.

They’re bringing crispy chunks of that delicious pork belly wrapped in warm tortillas, along with plates of sizzling sisig; crispy cigar-sized lumpia stuffed with beef, pork or vegetables; heaping heaps of Roel’s mom’s pancit recipe; and ube chocolate chip cookies, restoring her faith in dessert. Meanwhile, former Blackbird/Spiaggia bartender Derek Mercer of Present Tense has dropped a couple of spiky riffs on the classics for Jon Pokorny to pour out, namely:

MOJITO: rum, mango, lime, mint
OLD FASHIONED: rye, pineapple, bitters, demerara

Pre-orders are open now, but as always, a limited number of walk-ins will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. It starts at 5 PM and continues until the pig is finished.

In the meantime, check out the permanent Monday Night Foodball schedule below.

Kedzie Inn
4100 N.Ked
(773) 293-6368
kedzieinn.com

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