Welcome to Ēma
Ēma is a Mediterranean restaurant in Chicago’s River North area showcasing Chef CJ Jacobson’s lighter California style of cooking. At the core of the menu are spreads, dips and mezze, Mediterranean small plates meant for sharing.
Signature dishes include Hummus w/ Lamb Ragu, Pan-Roasted Romanesque Cauliflower, House-made Stracciatella, Green Falafel with Tzatziki, Grilled Octopus with Fingerlings and Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette, and Lamb & Beef Kefta Kebabs.
Orange County-born, Chef CJ Jacobson's craft revolves around hyper-seasonal, local California ingredients, where foraging plays a main part in the flavor profiles he creates in the kitchen.
After traveling the world and discovering his true passion for food while playing professional volleyball, he attended Le Cordon Bleu-affiliated College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena to hone his organic skills.
Since his culinary career launch in 2004, he has starred in two seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef, won 2014 Top Chef Duels and spent ample time cooking with acclaimed chefs in many notable kitchens across California and Chicago.
Jacobson is now the Chef Partner at Ema and Aba, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises restaurant concepts focused on light, Mediterranean-style cooking.
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