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Jackrabbit Filly’s annual “Ramen with Friends” pop-up series will return Wednesday, Jan. 6 with brothy bowls from guest chef Julian Lippe, who leads the kitchen half a mile away at Stems & Skins. 

The collaborative benefit, which started with Jackrabbit Filly’s former food truck and pop-up Short Grain, will bring a different guest chef and bartender to the Park Circle restaurant each Wednesday in January. 

“We’re still keeping to half capacity and only doing four seats at the bar, so reservations are highly encouraged,” said Jackrabbit Filly co-owner Corrie Wang. “As in years past, our own Jared Chafin will be hosting a guest bartender as well.” 

Jackrabbit Filly co-owners Corrie and Shuai Wang | Ruta Smith

Each Ramen with Friends night, the restaurant will offer a limited menu with ramen and a few snacks, so every Wednesday this month will feature a different creation of the guest chefs’ choosing.

“I’ll be serving a ramen called Tori Paitan,” Lippe said. “It’s basically the chicken equivalent of a tonkotsu broth — a rich and creamy chicken broth with chicken chashu and mixed marinated mushrooms. All my poultry products including the soft egg are Storey Farms.” 

Lippe’s fiancée, Jackrabbit Filly server Amy Kalligras, will be serving drinks to pair with the ramen this Wednesday. 

Lippe | File photo

The following three Wednesdays will feature chefs Bob Cook (Edmund’s Oast), James London (Chubby Fish) and Jeremiah Bacon (The Indigo Road Group) in the kitchen along with Jayce McConnell (Edmund’s Oast), Yoanna Tang (Chubby Fish) and Doar Bros. bar manager Megan Deschaine behind the bar. 

London, who used to help out with Short Grain and took part in Ramen with Friends last year, said he is deciding between two ramens for his service on Jan. 20, both involving curry. Tang is planning two cocktails, but didn’t want to reveal what she has in the works. 

“I’ll still be doing some research tonight,” she said. “I think I’ll keep it a secret.” 

Proceeds from each bowl of ramen sold will go to the Lowcountry Food Bank — last year, Jackrabbit Filly raised approximately $7,000, Wang said. 

For more information and to book a table, visit jackrabbitfilly.com.