Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Top Chicago Chefs Kick Off Music Exhibition With 'Rock Your Palate' Pop-Up Dinners

Spiaggia's Sarah Grueneberg and Boka/GT Fish & Oyster's Giuseppe Tentori (center). (Photos: Caroline Dixey)

So, this was pretty cool.

To kick off a celebration of Chicago's music heritage through December, MasterCard recently hosted a couple of Rock your Palate pop-up dinners featuring chefs Sarah Grueneberg (Spiaggia), Giuseppe Tentori (Boka/GT Fish & Oyster) and Dirk Flanigan (The Gage/Henri) at Lincoln Park's Floating World Gallery.

Grueneberg's passed appetizer of Burrata cheese and La Quercia prosciutto.

The toques were charged with whipping up dishes set to soundtracks and paired with cocktails and wine. Some of my favorites—which I hope will find their way on these guys' menus soon—included Tentori's lobster bruschetta with avocado and grapefruit; Grueneberg's bourbon-braised lamb shoulder with ham hocks, baby mustard greens and yellow polenta; and Flanigan's venison loin with mustard greens, corn, Hen of the Woods and huckleberry.

More of MasterCard's dining-focused events can be found right here.


Anonymous said...

Perfect trifecta of art, music and food. Was Guiseppe at the Thursday date? Friday's event met the portrait photographer, loved the space. Wish I could have stayed to dance and get a photo with the chefs. Thank you to all who created the event success.

312 Dining Diva said...

Correct! He was there Thursday and it was fantastic. I heard Friday was just as good; had a few folks in the house. Glad you enjoyed!