In celebration of reaching just beyond halfway through the Alinea cookbook, I finally dined at Alinea Restaurant! I was joined by several friends who also came to Chicago for the National Restaurant Association tradeshow. I had made a reservation back in March for this date, and it was well worth the wait!
They really do take care of you there, we were impressed by their level of service. Every detail was immaculate.
Alinea Menu, Spring 2012
Gerolsteiner sparkling water (Germany)
Cocktail of Pierre Gimmonnet Brut Champagne (France) with St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur (France) and Esterházy Beerenauslese (Bergunland, Austria)
2010 Barth ‘Charta’ Reisling (Rheingau, Germany)
2010 Bodegas Godeval ‘Viña Godeval’ (Valdeorras, Spain)
2010 Chehalem ‘3 Vineyards’ Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley, Oregon)
2009 Descendientes de J. Palacios ‘Petalos’ Bierzo (Spain)
HOT POTATO, cold potato, black truffle, butter
The classic Alinea soup course – cold potato soup served in a paraffin wax bowl, with a stainless steel skewer of butter, parmesan, chive, hot Yukon gold potato and black truffle. Recipe
2008 Château Ollieux Romanis ‘Atal Sia’ (Corbières, France)
BLACK TRUFFLE explosion, romaine, parmesan
Another Alinea staple – raviol of hot, buttery truffle juice, topped with wilted romaine lettuce and shaved parmesan.
Presented in Crucial Detail’s ‘anti-plate’ bottomless ceramic serving piece. Recipe
2006 Valpolicella Classico Superiore ‘TB’ Bussola (Veneto, Italy)
ANJOU PEAR, onion, brie, smoking cinnamon
Sweet pear, onion and brie cheese deep-fried tempura-style, on a long, smoldering stick of Ceylon cinnamon. Served in the ‘octopus’ serving piece from Crucial Detail.
The Rare Wine Co. ‘Boston Bual’ Madeira (Portugal)
2011 Saracco Moscato d’Asti (Piemonte, Italy)
Hot towel service
WHITE CHOCOLATE, strawberry, english pea, lemon
Tabletop presentation artfully laid out before you, including candy-filled white chocolate ‘piñatas’ for Cinco de Mayo. A pichette of liquid nitrogen was involved…
2011 Matteo Correggia ‘Anthos’ (Piemonte, Italy)
Coffee, Tea, Espresso