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Jon Mendoza, former chef of Uncle, hosting a pop-up at Corner House to benefit Project Angel Heart

A few weeks ago, when I spoke to Jon Mendoza, he had just been let go from Uncle, Tommy Lee's noodle shop in Highland. But while Mendoza, who was Uncle's chef, vented his frustrations about getting the boot, he also made it very clear that his departure from Uncle would give him the freedom to concentrate on his Bad Apple pop-up dinners, which he introduced in January -- and it didn't take Mendoza long to solidify the location of his next pop-up, which will be Sunday, March 9 at the Corner House.

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The dinner, themed "End of Winter," begins at 6 p.m. and includes six courses (the menu is below) accompanied by wine and cocktail pairings. Seats are $65, inclusive of tax and tip, and the dinner will benefit a good cause, too, notes Mendoza. "I set up a proceed fund to benefit Project Angel Heart, and I'm donating 10 percent of all proceeds that night to them," he says. "Chef Jon Emanuel is a well-known guy who always helps people in need, and I've always wanted to give back and can't think of a better organization to give back to," concludes Mendoza.

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Here's the menu: