Vice President of Boka Restaurant Group
Since joining BRG in 2003, Ian Goldberg's tenure with Boka Restaurant Group can be characterized by the same traits that Ian mentors on a daily basis: hard work, dedication to your craft, and enlightened service. Ian has a strong passion for food & wine, and has an attention to detail that makes him one of the premier professionals in his field.
Ian was born in Chicago Illinois and graduated from The University of Illinois with a Bachelors in Business Administration with a focus in Entrepreneurship.
Goldberg was the first employee ever hired by Boka Restaurant Group and has since become a shining example of the potential growth you can experience within the company with hard work and dedication.
Ian's career at Boka began in the Front of the House as one of the opening bartenders at Boka in 2003. He eventually earned a promotion to AGM at Landmark, followed by General Manager at Boka and then General manager at Perennial.
He was named Director of Operations in 2009, and promoted again to Vice President in 2011.
His evolution continued in 2012 when he was named a partner in Boka Catering, and has also become a partner in Little Goat, Balena, Momotaro, and the soon to open Swift & Sons.
Ian oversees a staff of almost 1200 employees and 36 managers at 12 different entitities: Boka, Balena, GT Fish, Elaines, J. Parker, Girl & The Goat, Little Goat, Momotaro, Boka Catering, Swift & Sons, Duck Duck Goat, and Gt Prime.
During Ian's time with Boka the group has received many accolades, including: "3 stars" for Boka, Perennial, Girl & the Goat, GT Fish & Oyster, Perennial Virant, Balena, and Momotaro from the Chicago Tribune. A Michelin Star 2011-2015 for Boka. "Food and Wine's Best New Chef's" for Boka's Giuseppe Tentori, Perennial Virant's Paul Virant, and Girl & the Goat's Stephanie Izard. Restaurant of the Year for Girl & the Goat in Chicago Tribune, Metromix, and Eater, and "National Chef of the Year" at the Eater Awards in New York. Restaurant of the Year for GT Fish in 2011 in the Chicago Tribune. A James Beard nomination for Girl and the Goat for Best New Restaurant in 2011, and a James Beard win for Stephanie Izard for Best Chef Great Lakes in 2013. Restaurant of the Year at the Jean Banchet Awards and Chef of the Year for Lee Wolen at the Banchet's and the Tribune in 2014. Restaurant of the Year for Momotaro in both Chicago Magazine and Chicago Social in 2015.
Ian passed his introductory sommelier course from The Court of Master Sommeliers in 2008. He currently lives in Lakeview with his wife and young son Simon.