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Event Tue Mar 23 2010

Chef Week: Blackbird

original_Late_Harvest.jpgThroughout Chicago Chef Week, which runs through Sunday, we will be bringing you a menu from one of the participating restaurants for you to enjoy. Today's spotlight is Blackbird, 619 West Randolph:

A condensed version of the prix fixe lunch deal Blackbird offers regularly, albeit at the reduced price of $20. Dishes TBD.

Starters: Endive salad with baby lettuces, potato, basil, Dijon, pancetta and a poached egg; Blue Hill Bouchot mussels soup with whitefish, saffron, garlic and basil; and a charcuterie plate of boudin blanc and veal pancetta with almond yogurt, smoked almonds and lobster roe vinaigrette.

Entrees: crispy black bass with green papaya, dandelion greens, walnuts and charred beef vinaigrette; roasted Colorado lamb saddle with white asparagus, vermouth, fromage blanc and spring pea falafel; and Parmesan pasta with cured egg yolk and crispy radishes.

Dessert: Satsuma chiboust with Campari, pineapple, semolina and Zingerman's Creamery cream cheese ice cream; and Manjari chocolate pavé with tonka bean ice cream and candied cocoa nibs.

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Lisa / March 23, 2011 11:37 AM

This is different than the PDF on the Blackbird's website for Chef's Week, but I hope it's this menu, because I'm going there tonight (my first time at Blackbird!) and this menu sounds fantastic!

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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