A few weeks ago, Diana and I were invited to attend A Magnificent Taste, a swanky culinary event benefiting Common Threads' nutrition education programs. The annual event took place in Pioneer Court Plaza (one of the best people watching spots downtown!) and featured bites from twelve Chicago restaurants, lovely views of the river, and one very special Top Chef guest chef (aka one of People's Sexiest Men Alive, fantastic cook, and all-around nice guy... oh, and did I mention total hottie?!). This was our first year attending the event and despite the fact that it was a billion degrees (yes, you read that right; it was a straight up inferno that night), we had a fantastic time rubbing elbows with the fabulous Sam Talbot, sampling the delicious gourmet food, chatting with some of Chicago's favorite chefs, and mingling with some fantastic fellow foodies. It was a wonderful night and we can't wait for next year!
Not only can the man cook, he's also super nice & fun (and hot... did I mention that? ;-) ). It's definitely easy to see why he was voted fan favorite! We had a fab hanging out with him and can't wait to make some dishes from his cookbook.
Mini Classic Cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery
Magnolia Bakery dessert happiness!
Smoked Brisket Sandwich from Howells & Hood
Lemon Fish Crudo with Heirloom Tomato, Verbena, Thai Chili, and Basil Seeds from Allium
Farrotto e Bufalina from 437 Rush
Dungeness Crab, Collard Greens, and Pimento Cheese Aioli on Toast (recipe here) from Chef Sam Talbot (yes, you should *definitely* make these - they are little bites of heaven!)
Chilled Corn Soup from deca
Crudo of Arctic Char from deca
Maple Vanilla Pops from deca
Duck Proscuitto with Chilled Tuscan Cantaloupe Soup from Quartino
Trio of Mini Indulgences (carrot cake, mocha macchiato, and pecan pie) from Season's 52
Crispy Polenta with Heirloom Tomatoes & Truffle Chips from The Lobby at The Peninsula
Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Horseradish Mashed Potatoes from Texas de Brazil