Welcome to EsterEv

Our great-grandmothers, Evelyn and Ester, were women who had a spark of joy about them and a passion for cooking for their loved ones, and we wanted to honor their adventurous spirits. In the tradition of gathering around the table with friends old and new, EsterEv celebrates our past while looking to the future through an ongoing series of special dinners.


Chef Dan Snowden, Bad Hunter (Chicago, IL)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

At Bad Hunter, Executive Chef Dan Snowden brings a craveable veg-forward New American eatery to life in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop.

Theme: Vegetarian

Chef Zeeshan Shah, Superkhana International, (Chicago, IL)

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Chef Zeeshan Shaw brings a modern spin on classic Indian dishes to Superkhana International, a collaborative effort with chefs Yoshi Yamada and Jason Hammel, based on a mutual love of the Indian kitchen and local food.

Theme: Indian

Chef James Rigato, Mabel Gray Kitchen (Detroit, MI)

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Those who experience Mabel Gray Kitchen are sure to feel the restaurant’s embrace of Detroit’s storied history, paired with the modern and adventurous nature of its delectable, yet ever-changing menu. Chef Rigato brings his approachable and reclaimed but refined technique to this motor city gem.

Theme: Regional American

Chef Jimmy Papadopolous, Bellemore (Chicago, IL)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

In arguably one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in Chicago, Chef Jimmy Papadopolous has created a vibrant and upscale yet quirky modern American brasserie with cult favorite dishes.

Theme: American


Reservations are required and can be made here. Please contact us with dietary restrictions at least 3 days in advance of your reservation.

Given the nature of the space and our limited seating, a cancellation within 48 hours will incur 1/2 price charge of dinner. A no show or cancellation after 12pm day of will incur the full amount of the dinner including a service fee.

For private events or off-site catering please contact Jackie Lee jlee@jvrcatering.com


Dinner at EsterEv is offered Friday and Saturday, starting promptly at 6:30 p.m.

The ten-course menu is $95 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity; beverage pairings are available for $50.

Seating is family style at two tables of ten.

The globally influenced menu changes monthly.

Zach Castillo

Sous Chef

Zach had been cooking professionally for 11 years with a heavy background in butchery and charcuterie. Cooking from the west coast to the midwest, he's spent the last 2 years with the JVR Hospitality Group, helping open Fauntleroy, before transferring to EsterEv. He enjoys dogs, corndogs, heavy metal, and baking pâté.

Claire Bossow

Wine Director JVR Hospitality Group

Claire has been in the restaurant industry for the past 17 years. After studying French and German at UW-Lacrosse and then traveling and living abroad, she settled back in Milwaukee. She's been with the JVR Group for 3 years and currently maintains the wine programs for both Fauntleroy and EsterEv. She enjoys cookies, gardening, and all things wine.

Kate Riley

Potter/Servers Assistant

Kate started creating pottery in 1994, and after graduating from University of Illinois Springfield in 2003, started working as a ceramic lab technician in Chicago. She and Dan moved from Chicago to Milwaukee in 2011. Kate started making plates for restaurants in 2012 which turned into The Plate Collective starting in 2014. They bring different restaurants together to create a unique dining experience. Kate works with the chefs to make a vessel specifically for each course. The plates are displayed in a 5 course dinner and are then taken back to the different restaurants. You can see her plates in many restaurants around Milwaukee and in Madison, Chicago, and Minneapolis.

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360 East Erie Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

EsterEv is located inside Dandan.