Sunday, October 24, 2010


"The 86 Hunger dinner series brings together Greater Chicago Food Depository supporters and the culinary community for a common cause: ending hunger in our community. The series is comprised of private culinary experiences at prominent restaurants in Chicagoland. 86 Hunger is borrowed from a culinary phrase--to 86 something--that lets the entire kitchen and restaurant staff know that a menu item is no longer available. So let's 86 hunger...and take hunger off the menu."
West Town Hunger Smack Down

Ahi Tuna Crudo Ceviche, SpicyMango, Blood Orange Aire and Tortilla Strips
Chef Carlos Gaytan: Mexique Restaurant

Seared Scallop, Tamarind Candy Glaze, Purple Rice, Hearts of Palm Puree, and Wasabi Peas
Chef Alex Cheswick: May Street Market

Braised Beef Shortrib with Sweet Potato Puree and Horseradish Aioli
Chef John Manion: Branch 27

American Artisinal Cheeses with Accompaniments:
Barely Buzzed and Dunbarton Blue Cheddar
Dukkah, Pear, Buckwheat Honey, and Roasted Pecans
Mitch Einhorn: Lush Wines and Spirits

Halloween Treats:
Molasses-Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwich, Licorice Creme Brulee, and Caramel Apple Tart
Chef Susan Gross: West Town Tavern
As much as it pains me to admit this, I didn't go to this amazing fundraiser. I was supposed to take Emma, but I have been really under the weather for the past several days and decided I had better stay home for a cozy night in with Finn. As you can imagine, it didn't take much arm twisting to get Leif to step in and take my place! Emma documented her date night with her dad and both of them were totally impressed with with the dinner, the company and the cause! I promise not to miss out on the next one, but I am thrilled Emma and Leif had such a memorable night together!

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