Roam the Globe with mk's Tasting Menu Series
Last year, mk the Restaurant celebrated its 15th anniversary with the debut of an updated interior, expanded lounge, and a bar bites menu. In 2014, owners Michael and Lisa Kornick and Executive Chef Erick Williams are evolving the restaurant's seasonal tasting menus to spotlight influential cities and regions throughout the world.
"Since opening, we've constantly updated our tasting menus to highlight the best flavors and ingredients of the season," explains Chef Kornick. "This year, we wanted to progress the guest experience - and our own sources of inspiration - by exploring traditional cuisine from some of our favorite food cities and regions."
Starting with Winter in Spain, the restaurant's tasting menu series will transition every 3-4 weeks. Future menus will highlight the Alsace region, Pacific Northwest, and more. Each menu will be rooted in Chefs Kornick and Williams' passion for exploring flavors and techniques from across the globe, paired with wines from mk's celebrated cellar.
Inspired by the flavors of northern Spain, the winter tasting menu includes:
WINTER IN SPAIN
escabeche spanish mackerel, sherry vinegar and virgin olive oil
arbequina olives, fennel, smoked paprika
2011 Pazo de Galegos, Albariño, Rías Baixas
escalivada ash roasted vegetables, serrano ham
eggplant caviar, fried garlic
2011 Raventos i Blanc, 'Silencis' Xarel-lo, Penedès
arròs negre squid ink rice cooked in a rich seafood broth
jumbo lump crab, uni, piparass peppers
2011 El Castro de Valtuille, Mencia Joven, Bierzo
cozido lamb shoulder, chorizo, new potatoes, cabbage
garbanzo beans, baby carrots, lamb jus
2009 Muga, Reserva, Rioja
queso valdeon blue cheese , quince paste, raisin bread
postre flan, candied kumquats, marcona almonds, chicory
2008 Bodegas Toro Albalá, 'Don PX' Pedro Ximénez, Montilla-Moriles
The Winter in Spain menu costs $90 per person, $135 with wine pairings, exclusive of tax and gratuity. The restaurant's a la carte and bar bites menu will continued to be offered.
For reservations, please call (312) 482-9179 or visit www.mkchicago.com.
Led by Chef/Partner Michael Kornick and Executive Chef Erick Williams, the team at mk believes that "food is a metaphor for the good things in life." mk is widely celebrated for presenting a casual fine dining experience showcasing fresh, seasonal, American cuisine with French and Italian influences, presented alongside a daring, extensive wine list. Celebrating it's 16 year, the restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Valet parking is available during all hours of operation.