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Back to Italy Pop-Up Restaurant Event

November 10, 2015

We are still in a Food Coma…Three days ago, on Saturday, me and my girls piled up in Toya Michelle’s truck, fastened our seatbelts, turned on the GPS and took a road trip from the south side of Chicago to Italy!  How about that for a road trip!??!!?  Just kidding!  We actually traveled to Rosemont to attend Chef Julius’s, Tale of 2 Chef’s “ Back to Italy” event.  Although enroute there was a lil confusion with the GPS we arrived in “Italy” right on time.  We stepped out in our finest eating clothes, but first we checked our make-up,then made our way into Cibo Racconto on Touhy.  We checked into VIP and Charles, Our wine BFF,  greeted us with a glass of wine from Chef’s collection and also on display were Chef Julius’s various seasonings and other items you could sign up to purchase to help add that special dash to your own dish!  BTW, Charles kept our glasses full all night long!!! Way to go Charlie/Chuck/CMan…after a few glasses, who remembers anyone’s name!

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As we chatted with the other VIP attendees and Chef came out to greet the attendees, the wait staff began our foodie voyage which we knew would not disappoint!  VIP attendees were treated to a wonderful gift bag and wine samplings, appetizers which included a bonus…LAMB CHOPS cooked to perfection and a wonderful gift bag.  YES, VIP is for definitely ME!!!

 

 

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Here is the menu that took us “Back to Italy”

 

APPETIZERS

(VIP) HERB ARANCINI

Risotto, Saffron, Panko, Herbs

 

(VIP) ROSEMARY GRILLED LAMB LOLLIPOPS

Lamb, Lemon, Rosemary, Olive Oil, Mushroom Ragu

 

As the rest of the guest’s started to arrive the rest of the appetizers began making their way out…

 

Crostini

Toasted Bread, Ricky’s Ricotta, Olive Oil, Candied Salmon, Olive Bruschetta, Chianti Braised Short Rib

 

Flatbread

Sweet Corn, Goat Cheese, Basil, Duck Sausage Crumble, Heirloom Tomato Puree

 

Tortines

Focaccia Dough, Sweet Peppers, Caramelized Shallot

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The diners were treated to a jazzy house acoustic mix while we sampled the various bites prepared by Chef Julius and his staff, our glasses were never empty one of my favorite wines from the evening was the chilled sweet red wine called Sangue Di Giuda it was the perfect addition to the lamb chops and the braised short rib crostini!

 

When we were seated we knew it was time for the main courses, I know you are likely thinking where did they put all this food?!  Well they were smaller portions BUT not tiny ones!  Buckle up here are the main courses listed below!

 

ACQUACOTTA SOUP (COOKED WATER)

Roasted Wild Fennel, Tomato Water, Fennel, Garlic, Shallot, Vegetable Stock, Wine, Leeks, Swiss Chard

RISOTTO WITH BRAISED BEEF

Lobster, Aborio Rice, Shaved Truffles, Prosecco, Lavender, Saffron

 

YOUNG HEN WITH CAULIFLOWER GRATIN

Confit Young Hen, Cauliflower Gratin, Fig & Merken Gastrique

 

TAGLIATELLE WITH TRUFFLES

Pasta, Truffles, Cream, Lavender, Basil, Heirloom Tomato, Baby Fava Ribbons, Quail Egg, Coarse Pepper

 

SEARED COD WITH ZUCCHINI

Prosciutto Wrapped Cod, Zucchini, Artichokes, Chanterelle Mushrooms

 

Dessert was served right when we thought we could not put another bite in our mouths!

 

GELATO FLIGHT WITH SPICY CANDIED WALNUTS Amaretto, Caramel Green Apple or Lemon Meringue Gelato, Honey, Walnuts, Creole Dust, Smoked Brown Sugar

 

CASTEGGIO WINES FROM CHEF JULIUS

PINOT GRIGIO, MOSCATO, SANGUE DI GIUDA, BARBERA, CHIANTI Full Complement of Red & White Wine that range from Slightly Sweet to Dry

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Please visit www.taleof2chefs.com for details on upcoming events, recipes, and news!

 

CIAO

 

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