Chicago Chefs Gather to Celebrate ‘The Breakfast Queen’

It was a celebration for a queen — the Breakfast Queen.

Earlier this week, a group of Chicago chefs celebrated the 80th Birthday of culinary legend Ina Pinkney, best known as the Breakfast Queen.

Pinkney owned and operated a brunch restaurant that bore her name for over 30 years before it closed in 2013. Yet, she helped, encouraged and mentored many along the way.

So this luminary received her “flowers” when the philanthropic group Chicago Chefs Cook hosted her birthday celebration at The Geraghty in Pilsen. And it was all for a good cause.

Guests sampled delights from 60 Chicagoland chefs, and proceeds benefited nonprofits Green City Market and Pilot Light.

The Chicago Defender publisher Dyanna Lewis was on hand to participate in the celebration.

Chicago Chefs gather to celebrate Ina Pinkney


Lewis posted that there were “Approximately sixty stations with delicious, taste portioned samples, which were many of The Breakfast Queen’s favorite dishes.”

Chefs Cliff Rome (Peach’s Restaurant), Boo Kim (Bar Goa) and Rickie Perez (Logan Oyster Socials) were among the 60 chefs on hand for Pinkney’s 80th Birthday Bash.


Chef Cliff Rome of Peach's Restaurant


Boo Kim of Bar Goa


Chef Rickie Perez of Logan Oyster Socials

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