Tuesday, October 13, 2009

$1,250 gets you closer to the Mole Master . . .

Frontera Grill's Rick Bayless

Just last week, we ran into a guy at RL who was a deadringer for Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco), which reminded me that I needed to write something about this cool event kicking off next week:

The 86 Hunger dinner series brings together Food Depository supporters and some high-profile local chefs to end hungry in our community.

The event kicks off Oct. 21 with a special VIP experience with Bayless—which starts in his magnificent Bucktown garden. The $1,250 package also includes transportation to Frontera Grill, where guests will get to watch the master in his test kitchen and dine in the private room. From 5-9pm you'll get to nosh from a multi-course tasting menu of signature Mexican bites.

If that pricetag's too steep, join Jackie Shen's party at Red Light 6-10pm Oct. 26, where she'll host a family-style dinner of tasty Asian delights. It ends with one of the best desserts we've seen in a long time: her semi-sweet chocolate bag with chocolate mousse, fresh berries and raspberry sauce. $150.

On Oct. 28, new Custom House exec chef Aaron Deal plans to wow guests with a seasonal menu of hearty fare such as a decadent pumpkin lobster bisque, stone crab and an all-natural beef entree. 6-10pm. $150.

Long-time philanthropists Susan and Drew Goss do their part at neighborhood gem West Town Tavern, with homey dishes like country ham-wrapped turkey breast paired with cheddar corn grits and red eye gravy. Also, everything's paired with wine and signature cocktails. 5:30-9:30pm Nov. 8. $150.

At BOKA's event, taking place Nov. 10, Giuseppe Tentori plans to do four amazing courses, including a braised short rib with grilled carrot sauce and crispy polenta. 6-10pm. $150.

And Restaurant Michael, the only suburban spot on the list, offers an interactive experience in its Winnetka home. Guests will get to choose from a number of dishes from chef Michael Lachowicz's five-course menu, but we're totally feeling the breast of Guinea hen stuffed with savory bread pudding. Paired with cocktails. That's 6-10pm Nov. 18. $150.

No comments: