Taste of Chicago started on my birthday this year, so of course, I took the opportunity to buy tickets to as many events as possible. I ate three courses from Chef Carlos Gaytan on my birthday and saw Frozen Planet in Concert at the Pritzker Pavillion after. On Thursday, I got tickets to see Death Cab for Cutie, who were amazing live, and sampled Swedish potato skagen, which was surprisingly delicious. Last night, was a real highlight though: I got to meet Graham Elliot. We not only got to eat a three course meal prepared by one of Chicago’s greatest celebrity chefs, we also had the liveliest table in the whole room thanks to Tanya, Monica and Janine. Tanya is a diehard Graham Elliot fan and the whole experience was exciting as a result of the collective craziness. Graham was a lot of fun, too. He joked about the “mathematician who can’t take a picture” when Eddie had trouble with my camera and danced along with the Abba songs on his personal playlist.
The menu was:
First Course: Deconstructed Caesar, Gem Lettuce, Brioche Twinkie, Parmesan Fluff, Spanish Anchovy. Wine recommendation: Whitehaven, Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from New Zealand.
Second Course: Whitefish BLT, Bacon Vinaigrette, Baby Frisee, Heirloom Tomato, Fine Herbs. Vegetarian option: Smoked Portabello. Wine recommendation: Apothic White, Wine Maker’s Blend 2010, California (I really liked this because it tasted like a Sauternes).
Third Course: Berry Cobbler, Whipped Cream, Cornmeal Crust, Garden Mint, Vanilla Essence.