Traveling to Chicago? Hope you come hungry. February 1-10 marks Chicago Restaurant Week, a 10-day dining event that lets you enjoy exciting, prix fixe meals at easy-to-swallow prices. (Seriously – where else can you get a three-course gourmet dinner for $33?)
Kimpton restaurants are dishing special menus in honor of the occasion. Here’s what you can indulge in.
The $33 dinner prix fixe at the Italian favorite tempts you with everything from Executive Chef Luca Corazzina’s Carpaccio di Barbabietole (roasted beets, baby greens, ricotta salata, hazelnuts, and blood orange vinaigrette) to Rigatoni Bolognese (ground beef, veal, pork, red wine, plum tomatoes, and grana padano) to Torta di Formaggio (vanilla cheesecake, polenta cookies, Fabri Amarene cherry sauce). Whew!
Executive Chef Heather Terhune keeps the creative comfort-food engines running at this gastor-lounge with a four-course dinner menu for $44. Expect veal meatballs with gorgonzola-walnut cream sauce, New England lobster rolls, potato and cheese pierogis, dark chocolate soufflé cake and more.
It’s double the yum at the regional American spot when Executive Chef Roger Waysok rolls out both a lunch ($22) and dinner ($33) menu. For your midday meal, start with vegetable and wild rice soup, move on to a house-smoked pulled pork sandwich, and finish with lemon pound cake. Dinner brings deviled eggs, braised lamb shoulder and bourbon pecan bread pudding.
Our friends at Chicago’s other Kimpton restaurant, Atwood Café, aren’t featuring a Chicago Restaurant Week menu. But Executive Chef Derek Simcik has something special up his sleeve. We’ll tell you more about it in a story here on Life is Suite next week. In the meantime, here’s a hint: It’s the most unlikely (but delicious) food pairing since bacon and chocolate. Stay tuned!
Find out more about Chicago Restaurant Week online at choosechicago.com.