Saturday, February 15, 2014

From the inbox: mk the Restaurant offers tasting menu series

Here's one from the inbox this week - a rotating regional menu starting off with the "Winter in Spain" selections. Read on for more delicious details!




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.

About mk
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.

For more information, please visit www.mkchicago.com, or the restaurant's Twitter feed andFacebook page.

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