WOW!! Another “pop-up” has come and gone. And I have to say this one was INCREDIBLY special for a few reasons. We dealt with many challenges right up until the day of the event. That included the location, new cooks not showing up and servers “missing in action”. You would think those issues would deter us…NOT ONE BIT! We had an awesome time.
Once again, Jada and her wonderful team from High Style Marketing & PR transformed a humble sausage shop to a quaint bistro. The colors were bright and matched the theme of the dinner. We had some of our constant supporters attend the event and had quite a few “1st timers”. One of the 1st timers was my mother. She along with a few of my aunts had a blast. It felt so good to showcase this style of my cooking for them. I’m sure they’ll be back.
There were food enthusiasts from all backgrounds at this one and we all got a chance to connect over food and great wine from the Concha Y Toro family. Speaking of which, it never ceases to amaze me how at every “pop-up”, the wonderful people from Concha Y Toro bring us something new and exciting to the Chicago Wine Scene. This time was no exception with the Coastal White Blend. If you’re in the city, make your way over to the Armanettis, located at 515 North Western Ave. The Coastal White Blend, usually served during the spring and summer, is really affordable and pairs perfectly with light and fragrant cuisine.
Oh yeah, I think we have quite a few NEW fans of ramps, if there is any judging of how well the Chilean Sea Bass dish went over. A special thanks goes to my reliable culinary team for helping execute a new take on a southern classic, the Salmon Croquette. I think that dish will make its way onto a few of the summer menus.
If we missed you this time, we hope to see you at the next one. The expected date is August 31st 2013. We will offer an early purchase price of $70 for the tickets bought before August 1st. For purchases after August 1st, the standard pricing of $85 per guest goes into effect. The theme for our next “pop-up” is Summer Jazz: A Global Fusion of Cuisine.
NEXT UP: Taste of Chicago on July 11th at 5:30pm. It’s gonna be HOT. Robin Thicke and Estelle are performing. And Thursday is the new Friday so COME OUT and stimulate your palette!!