Friday, May 11, 2012

Epicurious Entertains Chicago

Epicurious Entertains held their very first Chicago event after having such huge success in New York.  My girlfriends and I were lucky enough to snag tickets to attend Dinner with Chicago Top Chefs for 150 guests.  Art Smith of Table Fifty-Two, Dale Levitski of Sprout, and Mindy Segal of Hot Chocolate, along with Epicurious' Editor-in-Chief, Tanya Steel mingled with guests during this intimate sit down dinner at the Chicago Illuminating Company.  The food and ambiance of the evening were spectacular! I hope you enjoy the pictures!

The night began with appetizers and cocktail hour.
Inside the cocktail area.
The St. Germain cocktails were FABULOUS! Definitely drank more than I should have that night.
The straw was also a stirrer engraved with the St. Germain logo.  Love!
The lighting and interior decor the Chicago Illuminating Company was sleek and modern. A great spot to hold an event!
Dining area.
Isn't this table setting beautiful?
I love the tulip arrangement!  So clean and simple.

Pictured right to left: Hot Chocolate's Mindy Segal, Sprout's Dale Levitski, Table Fifty-Two's Art Smith
Art Smith's First Course: Spring Pea Puree
Spring pea puree with poached lobster, smoked-cumin salt, mint, and a pea tendril salad.
Dale Levitski's Entree: Kobe and Caviar.
Kobe and caviar with fennel and potato kugelis and dill baby beets. 
Vegetarian option: wild mushroom risotto.
Mindy Segal's Dessert: Cream cheese and creme faiche "cheesecake".
Cream cheese and creme fraiche "cheesecake" with anise hyssop, rhubarb and oven-baked strawberries.
Dale Levitski mingled with guests and stopped to chat with Joanne and Anne.
Did you know that Dale recently opened a new restaurant in Chicago called Frog N Snail?  I need to go!
Pictured: Me and Tanya Steel, Epicurious' Editor-in-Chief.  Tanya was so sweet and I hope she holds a 2nd annual Epicurious Entertains Chicago next year!
Every guest received gift bags full of amazing treats!  Indulgent Vosges chocolates, a bottle of Lillie's Q Barbeque sauce, Gevalia coffee, and more!  The gift bags were a perfect ending to our night!

Happy eating.


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