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After Cubs win, Theo Epstein dines on goat for lunch

November 6th, 2016

Theo Epstein and his team have said they didn’t give much thought to that superstitious billy goat curse.

But when the president of Chicago Cubs operations returned from Cleveland with the World Series championship, he made an interesting request. Epstein asked some restaurant friends to deliver something special for lunch–a roasted goat.

“We were on the phone with Jed. He was recapping the game, and in the background, Theo says he wanted roasted goat for lunch,” restaurateur Kevin Boehm said, referring to Jed Hoyer, the Cubs’ executive vice president and general manager. “I said we’d make it happen.”

Boehm is co-owner of Boka Restaurant Group with Rob Katz. They enlisted chef Stephanie Izard to prepare the goat. It’s a specialty at her Girl & the Goat restaurant, which is part of the Boka group.

The restaurant serves goat mouse, goat carpaccio, goat empanadas, goat shank and goat legs.

For Epstein’s executive team, Izard oven-roasted a 9-and-a-half pound goat.

Boehm, Katz, and Boka Vice President Ian Goldberg delivered it to Epstein. “They were all sitting in the left field bleachers in an empty Wrigley Field. They ate it right there,” said Boehm, who described the lunch as one of last week’s many moments of wonder. Between them, he and Katz attended 23 post-season games, including the championship.

“They’ve said there are no curses, that it was just a matter of putting together a great baseball team,” Boehm says of Hoyer and Epstein. “But they were happy to eat that goat.”


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