Top Restaurants Participate in Chicago Gourmet 2010

Millennium Park will once again become a culinary hotbed as Chicago Gourmet 2010 takes place from Friday, September 24 through Sunday, September 26.  The city’s top restaurants, chefs, sommeliers and experts will take part in the foodie-focused festivities, which will include cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, seminars and much more. 

The Bon Appetit-sponsored Dine Around program, which kicks off on Monday, August 30 and continues through Sunday, September 26, offers diners a chance to earn a free ticket to Chicago Gourmet by purchasing five meals at participating restaurants.  During this time, Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush, RIVA Crab House on Navy Pier and Tavern on Rush will all offer special prix-fixe Dine Around Menus.  Complete menus and details available below.

PHIL STEFANI’S 437 RUSH
437 N. Rush St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.222.0101 | www.philstefanis437rush.com

Federico Comacchio, head chef of Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush, will serve his creative Italian cuisine at Chicago Gourmet 2010.  The sophisticated Italian steakhouse will also participate in the Bon Appetit Dine Around showcasing a four-course menu for $55 per person and two martini specials — Lino’s Limoncello Martini with Absolut Vodka, Caravella Limoncello and ginger ale in a sugar-rimmed glass with a lemon wheel; and the French Martini with Grey Goose Vodka, Chambord Raspberry Liqueur and pineapple juice, $10 each.
 
Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush Chicago Gourmet Dine Around Menu:
Soufflé di Polenta Affumicata, Formaggella e Quaglia Arrosto
House-smoked organic stone-ground corn polenta soufflé filled with Formaggella Rustica cheese and served with roasted quail

Ravioli di Zucca alla Mantovana
House ravioli filled with organic buttercup pumpkin and mostarda, butter sauce, aged Grana Padano and Amaretto dust

Ossobuco di Vitello in Gremolata, Tortino Fritto di Risotto alla Milanese
Braised veal ossobuco seasoned with Gremolata spices, fried saffron risotto and veal marrow rice cake

Semifreddo al Torrone, Torta Sbrisulona, Cioccolato e Vaniglia
Almond nougat semifreddo served with crumbling cookie and bitter chocolate sauce scented with vanilla

RIVA CRAB HOUSE ON NAVY PIER
700 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.644.7482 | www.rivanavypier.com

RIVA Crab House executive chef Luigi Garcia will participate in Chicago Gourmet 2010, bringing his Italian-inflected seafood dishes to Millennium Park.  The elegant Navy Pier restaurant will be a part of Bon Appetit’s Dine Around program, offering a four-course menu for $55 per person ($80 with wine pairings).

RIVA Crab House Chicago Gourmet Dine Around Menu:
Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Tower
Jumbo lump crab, avocado, mango, sesame crisp, wasabi-apple vinaigrette
Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc, 2009, Sonoma

Hawaiian Ahi Tuna & Kobe (Wagyu) Strip Loin Combo
Vegetables, golden raisins, saba, baby bok choy, Thai demi glaze
Chandon Pinot Noir, 2007 Carneros

Heirloom Tomato Salad
Assorted baby lettuces, Pinot Noir vinaigrette

Chocolate Fantasia
Raspberries coulis, chocolate gelato
Mionetto Moscato Dolce, Spumante

TAVERN ON RUSH
1031 North Rush Street | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.664.9600 | www.tavernonrush.com
 
Tavern on Rush executive chef John Gatsos will present his globally influenced fare at Chicago Gourmet 2010, and the popular Gold Coast dining destination will participate in the Bon Appetit Dine Around.  Tavern on Rush will feature a special three-course, prix-fixe menu for $55 per person.

Tavern on Rush Chicago Gourmet Dine Around Menu:
Seared Hawaiian Tuna
Pan-seared big eye tuna with sesame seeds, ginger, soy and wasabi
 
Filet Mignon Oscar
Petite filet mignon, butterflied and topped with crab meat, asparagus and Hollandaise sauce
 
Chocolate Marble Tiramisu
Tavern on Rush’s version of the Italian classic with crème Anglaise

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