Join us for our third monthly Unity in Diversity dinner. The Alani  and the Phillips families have come together to showcase their common love for food and family, and share their old and new traditions with us. 


Boreg with Ground Beef 
Potato Latkes


Beef Brisket 
Chicken Beryani

Klecha — date cookies
Coffee in samovar. 
All proceeds benefiting Khaled Haj Khalaf and his family. Refugees from Aleppo, Syria. Having spent the last five years in a camp in Turkey, they're finally making Chicago their new home. Khaled is also a baker by trade, and he will prepare the baklava and cookies for the dinner. His cookies and desserts will be featured at our wine store every Fri, Sat, Sun. 
$55 per person (not including tax or gratuity) | Optional zero proof cocktails and Israeli Wines available


A dinner series

Despite these recent time of perceived division, in our hearts we are all more similar than different. And perhaps nothing better illustrates this than the fact that every family has matriarchs who share their love via stuffing us full of food.

To bring us back together, Southport and Irving is planning a series of immigrant perspective pop up dinners, informal and family style, that include neighbors and acquaintances both new and old. 

From Mexican to Latin American and Indian, African-American, Middle Eastern, Jewish and Iraqi, Albanian, Greek, Turkish, Irish, and Polish. All are an extension of our staff's food memories of family meals both present and days gone by.
What brings us together is greater than what drives us apart. We are a nation where a multitude of ethnicities, backgrounds and flavors all melt together and these dinners are intended to showcase that zest of life from across the globe. Oh…and we’ve asked our mothers, grandmothers and aunts for the recipes: family secrets have definitely been spilled!


MARCH 23 - Albanian - Balkans

APRIL 20 - Jewish/Iraqi/Middle Eastern

MAY 18 - Indian

JUNE 8 - 

Menus, cooks, price and recipient charities to be determined and announced in the future. 

First Dinner: Jalisco, Mexico

by: Berta Navarro (former owner of Cafe 28) & Yoli Martinez (our very own brunch chef)

$55 per person | all profits to benefit: Mujeres Latinas en Accion 

Click here to view the menu


Our guests for the next Unity in Diversity dinner come all the way from Albania. Myzejen Dizdari is our general manager Ardit's mother and will be sharing her family recipes and traditions with us. Come for a Mediterranean meal, and a taste of their hometown, Shkoder. 

By: Myzejen & Ardit Dizdari

Menu highlights:

Apps: Qofte (kefta, lamb and veal meatballs), Japrak (stuffed grape leaves), Petulla me Kunguj (zucchini fritters); 

Mains: Tavë Peshku (fish baked in a tomato-garlic-prune sauce), Imam Bayildi (braised eggplant),  Tavë Kosi (braised lamb baked in yogurt); 

For the table: mediterranean olives, salad, cheese, yogurt-cucumber sauce. 

Dessert: Baklava & Turkish Coffee