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Event Mon Feb 21 2011

86 Hunger This Wednesday

venison.jpgOn the Groundhog Day Blizzard of February 1, I got home at 5pm from a long commute full of whistling wind and poor visibility only to do one of the dumbest things that I've ever conceived: I voluntarily went out again, back into the hurricane of razor blade-like snow and ice. Why? Oxtail ravioli with wild mushroom, brussels sprouts, and lobster glacage.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository's 86 Hunger series was happening that night at Boka, and even though everything seemed to be closed or closing because of the weather, the event was still on and ready to serve food from several different chefs (the ravioli's creator, Ryan Poli of Perennial; Stephanie Izard from Girl and the Goat; and Boka's own Giuseppe Tentori). Even though I looked like a shellshocked Yeti when I arrived, I had a wonderful time and ate some incredible dishes. As I ate Tentori's delicious version of a venison loin, I looked outside through the restaurant's large windows at the mess unfolding on Halsted, wondering if CTA's buses were going to abandon ship, leaving me to sleep in a booth in the restaurant. I found the dessert from Boka's Kady Yon, a milk chocolate semifreddo with pistachios and kumquats, to be the perfect way to start another long commute home.

The event continues on this Wednesday night, with Heaven on Seven at the helm. Tickets $150.

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