While working in a fast paced kitchen, I overheard Chef Kolter Livengood talk about how he was making hot sauces at home for fun. I was intrigued. We met for coffee and talked about our passions and love for high quality food. Chef told me about his experience working for five years in Michelin rated kitchens, his appreciation of incredibly high quality and rare ingredients, the “shift pay”, and the stress. He understood the standards of fine dining, but was looking for other ways to share his art that was more approachable.
I was the type of person who would dread dressing up for fancy dinners and would much rather go to my favorite taco dive. Chef and I continued to spend time together and we determined that we had an opportunity to create something magical. We molded our appreciations and positive energy into creating Brightwok Kitchen. Our goal was to serve incredibly high quality ingredients in a very approachable way at very affordable prices. We knew it would be different than previous restaurants we worked at, but that didn’t bother us. It motivated us to work harder and smarter to create something different.
-Jeremy Klaben, Founder & CEO
We are a veggie-focused, flavor-driven, Asian inspired restaurant, where you choose your favorite ingredients and we flash-sear them to perfection. Our kitchen is a welcoming, happy, and inspiring place where connections form and thrive.
Our chef and prep cooks are not just good with their hands, they put their heart and passion into the food they create. They celebrate and appreciate every ingredient that enters our doors while strengthening relationships with community partners they admire and trust. Our food tastes great and it is good for you. From the way we marinate and grill our meats, craft our unique sauces, and select local seasonal vegetables, it is evident we take no shortcuts. Everyday, we start this process bright and early ensuring the same high quality food for our first guest and our last. We welcome those like us who have specific dietary preferences – our sauces are vegan and our entire menu is gluten-free.
Our team was built with the following values in mind and heart. These values drive our culture and guest experience. We strive for them all day everyday, both at Brightwok and in our personal lives.
We smile and laugh together forming meaningful relationships.
GROW TO BE BRIGHTER
We challenge ourselves to improve today and tomorrow.
We love and dream about what matters most to us.
BRIGHTWOK KITCHEN NOW OPEN MON-FRI: 11:00am-8pm SAT: 11:30am-8pm 21 E ADAMS ST. CHICAGO, IL 60603 312.583.0729
Join the Team
We’re a bunch of crazy passionate people who’ve joined forces to create something special. We’re yogis, foodies, musicians, hip-hop dancers, knitters, skydivers, and puzzle enthusiasts. We believe in the work we do and would love to have you join our team! At Brightwok Kitchen, empowering others to be their best selves is what we do. We’d love your help.
Take initiative and are self-motivated
Are positive and happy. People who smile
Possess a strong work ethic
Are interested and interesting
Care about our community
Like to have fun
Are lifelong learners
We believe we can make our restaurant better, and hearing your feedback will help us do just that. Thank you for taking the time to provide positive reinforcement, constructive criticism, new ideas, and new inquiries about Brightwok Kitchen. You can always reach us at 312.583.0729 as well.