Sunday, April 21, 2013

Chicago Cook Off

North versus South, young versus old, evil versus good. The rules were simple: each cook prepares two  savory and one sweet dish. Seven guests voted: 16 - 15. The North one - except that one guest didn't get to complete his ballot because the dogs needed walking and, when he had returned, the ballots had been whisked away. Hmm....

First Dish:
Grilled Broccoli, Blue Cheese, Crispy Rice Krispies
Edamame, Mint, Preserved Lemon
Green Beans, Fish Aioli, Cashews

Second Dish:
Serrano Beef Lettuce Wraps

Third Dish:
Lemon Poached Salmon, Cauliflower Puree, Ginger / Scallion Sauce

Fourth Dish:
Pork Sliders, Rainbow Asian Slaw

Fifth Course:
Raspberry Millefeuille

Last Course (FInally):
Six Hour Roasted Pork Belly, Goats Milk Caramel, Miso Glazed Bacon, Raspberries


  1. Thank you so much for the great evening. I am still smiling over the wonderful flavors and good company.
    Next time no score cards. Just comment cards so we can express our appreciation.

  2. It was really special for us, to be invited to this wonderful diner, in such a nice house and in such good company. Thanks a lot! We are liking and appreciating Chicago more and more each day, and in particular admiring the generosity of Chicago´s people.

    As we said, the dinner was fantastic, and since we are usually biased for first courses, we will comment on those. We love them both! Especially the incredible preserved lemon touch in the Edamame and the exquisite sauce in the Serrano beef lettuce Wraps.


    Cristina and Juanjo

  3. Everything was delicious, so much so, I had to stop scoring. I was finding it impossible to give one points over the other. Excellent company as well.