Summer Menu Introduced at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago's Sixteen

My inbox has been jam packed lately with summer menus from the many dining venues in and around Chicago. I love to scan the seasonally inspired dishes using locally sourced ingredients. This menu from Sixteen, located inside the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is sure to make your mouth water.

Sixteen's Seasonal Menu: The Summer Market

CHICAGO - June 26, 2013 - Sixteen - the Michelin rated, Five-Star restaurant at Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago - takes guests on an exploration of the farmer's market with a new, seasonal menu. Featuring modern American cuisine, Sixteen's Executive Chef Thomas Lents and Executive Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy introduce The Summer Market.
With menu options of 12-courses, 8-courses, 4-courses and a la carte, the elevated dining experience evokes cherished summer memories and celebrates ingredients sourced from local farmer's markets and others from across the country. Produce at the peak of freshness is showcased through novel intrepretations of favorite summer cocktails and dishes.

For the season, the sights, smells and flavors of the farmer's market are brought to the sixteenth floor dining room and shared with guests in numerous modes, starting with a table-side presentation of a bountiful display of produce. A visual representation of the menu, the produce is arranged by dish for diners to select course options and preview forthcoming dishes. The display is accompanied by a plank of wood with a list of ingredients and providers etched by hand.

Indicative of the following courses and Chef Lents' focus on highlighting favorite summer fare, the meal begins with three snacks of traditional summertime cocktails reinterpretated with new textures and deconstructed presentations. A pimms cup becomes a liquid candy with pimms gelle and cucumber cup; a gin and tonic features gin and lime granita, juniper sorbet and a table side tonic pour; while a sangria gelle is served inside an orange with frozen berry segments and poppy foam. The theme of farming is weaved throughout the menu, with edible soil, a living salad, and wild flowers. Like the resourceful farmer, dishes also feature the utilization of every element of an ingredient, including a dish with popped corn, roasted corn, and a corn broth and a soy bean dish with tofu skin, egg tofu, and edamame.

Interactive table-side presentations and a focus on the dialogue between the guest and the kitchen remain at the forefront. Tabletop charcoal grills, a potted salad misted with nasturtium perfume, communal soft shell crab boil, and other tableside displays captivate the guests and enriches the fine dining experience.

The cost for the menus are $110 for four-courses, $150 for eight-courses, and $210 for twelve-courses. An a la carte menu and optional wine pairing for $45 for four-courses, $75 for eight-courses and $105 for twelve-course are available. All prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Menu highlights include:
tomato and buratta bon bon, avocado surprise, black olive soil and basil

Soy Bean/Truffle/Living Salad
summer truffle salad, soy bean variations, nasturtium perfume

Summer Peach/Mustard/Foie Gras
cold smoked foie gras curls, grilled peach, mustards and pistachio

Red Pepper/Saffron/Loup De Mer
whole roasted loup de mer, red pepper octopus fume, bloomsdale spinach and saffron rouille

Eggplant/Porcini/Charred Beef
wagyu ribeye "coal," eggplant caviar, porcini conserva and arugula

Corn/Jalapeno/Heritage Pork
corn agnolotti, jalapeno, smoked pork cheek, citronelle popcorn brodo

Meals will culminate with exquisite dessert creations from Chef Fahy, including:

Assorted apricots with amaretto pain perdu, Werp Farm nasturtium flowers, apricot kernel ice cream

Nichols Farm strawberries, celery, lovage, mascarpone ice cream

Chocolate gateau, espelette yogurt, Green Acres Farm sugar beet ice cream  
Since his arrival at Sixteen, Chef Lents has been praised for presenting the most beautiful food in Chicago, pleasing diners with a personal culinary philosophy of sourcing the highest quality ingredients from respected purveyors around the world, and showcasing the true qualities of every dish. Both Chicago magazine and the Chicago Tribune awarded him with four coveted stars shortly following his arrival, and the restaurant recently received a Five-Star designation from the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide 2013.

Dinner is served at Sixteen nightly from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. To view menus or to make reservations, please visit the restaurant  online or call (312) 588-8030.

About Sixteen
Located on the 16th Floor of  Trump International Hotel & Tower® ChicagoSixteen was designed by Ivanka Trump and Chicago-based architects Valerio Dewalt Train Associates. Featuring world-class, modern American cuisine from Executive Chef Thomas Lents and Executive Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy, Sixteen has received four-star ratings from Chicago magazine and the Chicago Tribune, a coveted star from the 2013 Michelin Guide, and a Five-Star designation from the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide 2013. Sixteen serves breakfast daily from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is available Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is available daily from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Bar at Sixteen, as well as the adjoining Bridges Room, open daily at 11 a.m. and serve a casual bistro menu from 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. For reservations, please call (312) 588-8030 and visit Sixteen on Facebook:

About Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago
Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, located in the heart of the city at 401 N. Wabash Avenue, welcomed its first hotel guests in January 2008. The hotel, comprising floors 14-27 of a 92-story residential tower developed by the Trump Organization, features 339 luxuriously appointed guestrooms including one-, two- and three-bedroom suites; Sixteen, a Michelin-rated restaurant featuring the progressive American cuisine of Executive Chef Thomas Lents; The Spa at Trump® with 53 specially appointed spa guest rooms; the Trump Health Club; Rebar, a chic cocktail lounge; The Terrace at Trump and more. Designed by the noted architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with interiors by McGinley Design, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago is a stunning addition to Chicago's distinguished skyline. In 2013, the hotel received a Five-Star designation from the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide and was recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the top 5 hotels for business travelers in the "World's Best Awards" 2012 and named one of the "World's Best Hotels" for 2013. For room and event reservations at Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, call (312) 588-8000, (877) 458-TRUMP (7867).  Click here to follow the hotel on Twitter. Click here to follow the property on Facebook.

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