Dinner Stories

Update-Photos: Underground Dinner 04.03.09

Posted on 04/14/09 in Past Events, No Comments

I must admit this was the first underground dinner I’ve ever hosted. We dined in the dark cellar of Lush on Halsted. I served a spring menu despite the absence of spring. The temp dropped to the high thirties after sundown but I was determined to do some grilling,  rain or shine (or sleet). Between […]

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Whole Artist: John Himmelfarb

Posted on 03/14/09 in Past Events, Whole Artist Past Events, 1 Comment

Guest Chef Michael Goss served up a rustic Italian meal in the studio of artist John Himmelfarb. Michael's menu started with some lighter courses featuring fresh striped bass and grana padano cheese. Then it was on to the meat of the meal, rabbit followed by pork. Go here to see the full menu. Some of […]

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Update-Photos: Loft Dinner 02.21.09

Posted on 03/02/09 in Past Events, 1 Comment

This time last year, I had just gotten back from a cooking trip in Mexico so I have been seriously sad about not being able to make it out there again this year. So it just made sense that the first dinner of the year would start with regional mexican cuisine. I used recipes and […]

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Loft Dinner 12.14.08

Posted on 01/10/09 in Past Events, No Comments

It was our last dinner of 2008. We served lovely lamb chops with a celery root puree and dinosaur kale. Yes, the kale looks like dinosaur skin. How do we know what dinosaur skin looks like you ask? We just do. In light of the holiday season, we also served some our favorite hors d’oeuvres: […]

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Update! Clandestino Goes South

Posted on 11/10/08 in Past Events, 2 Comments

We were SO looking forward to the fried chicken. We arrived at our super secret location around 5pm on dinner night. Sous Chef Nikki Stanger took the lead in the kitchen and I worked on setting up the dining room for our dinner guests. I purchased the chickens the week before from Nature’s Choice Farm […]

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Whole Artist: Edra Soto

Posted on 10/18/08 in Past Events, Whole Artist Past Events, 1 Comment

About the artist: Edra Soto was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1971. In 1995 Edra received the Alfonso Arana Fellowship to work in Paris, France for a year. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she obtained her Masters degree in 2OOO. Immediately after, she attended a 2 months […]

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Update: Harvest Dinner in Wicker Park

Posted on 10/17/08 in Past Events, No Comments

We served up our last Harvest dinner at an art gallery on Western Ave. near Wicker Park. It was our first time in the space, graciously hosted by Paul of Tangleweed.  These local guys are super skilled and play a variety of acoustic Americana music. Their next performance is on Sunday at the Bucktown Apple […]

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Whole Artist: Stina Kaczmaryn

Posted on 09/03/08 in Past Events, Whole Artist Past Events, 1 Comment

We are serving a menu inspired by the dishes of Southeast Asia, a favorite cuisine of our featured guest artist Stina Kaczmaryn. We are using local produce from Green Acres Farm, Nichols Farm, and Seedling. Dinner will be at an art gallery in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. Event starts at 7pm. First course served […]

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Iron Chef… Shrimp!

Posted on 08/17/08 in Past Events, 1 Comment

Everyone knows that New Orleans is one of the best places to eat. We had been talking about Cajun food for a while, so we thought the best way to pay tribute to one of our favorite food cities was to cook up some of Louisiana’s pride and joy, their shrimp. We purchased our shrimp […]

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Scallops vs. Cheese…

Posted on 08/06/08 in Past Events, 1 Comment

It’s a toss up, but I really can’t decide which one rocked my world more. We were all in awe of the live scallops. The shells were beautiful, and although it saddened all of us in the kitchen to steam these lovely migratory bivalves, we were anxious to taste the goodness. We first steamed the […]

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