Thursday, March 27, 2014

From the inbox: Easter menus from Chicago's top chefs

Easter is just around the corner. If you're looking to dine out for the occasion, read on:


Whether looking for a family-friendly brunch or a more exquisite affair, Chicago-area's best chefs have you covered this Easter Sunday with a variety of festive offerings, including:

1467 N Milwaukee Ave 
773-278-5959

Whether dining at Azzurra for brunch or dinner on Easter Sunday, guests can take advantage of the restaurant's delicious specials all day long. The traditional, Italian inspired Easter specials include Spring Pea Soup ($7) with herbed mascarpone, Fava Bean Bruschettone ($8) with lemon zest, oregano and pecorino toscano, Potato Gnocchi ($15) with butter, asparagus, fava beans and english peas, Grilled Marinated Leg of Lamb($21) with spring vegetables, and Bass in Aqua Pazza (crazy water) ($21) with seared tomato, chilis, clams and mussels. Azzurra's full a la carte brunch and dinner menus will also be available. Guests can make reservations online or by calling the restaurant at 773-278-5959. 


720 N. Wells
312-280-0720

Celebrate Easter Sunday at The Boarding House! The restaurant will be open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the holiday and offer a festive three-course menu for $44 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) as well as wine pairings selected by Master Sommelier Alpana Singh for an additional $24 per person.  A special kids menu for $12 for children under 12 will also be offered.

First Course
Choice of: 

Pea soup, bacon onion jam

Shaved vegetable salad, sugar snaps, crispy garlic, sun-dried tomato vinaigrette

Smoked salmon, dill new potatoes, cucumber salad, horseradish, creme fraiche

Fried egg, lentils, chicharron, chimichurri

Second Course
Choice of:

Skate wing grilled lemon aioli, roasted cauliflower, brown butter

Grilled pork blade steak, grits, haricot vert, grilled corn relish

Tagliolini, carrot purée, peas, mint relish

Lamb chops, grilled asparagus, tomato raisin tapenade

Dessert

Julia's Easter Dessert Celebration

Kids Menu ($12 per child under 12 years of age)

Choice of protein:
Pork Tenderloin
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
Choice of Vegetable

Choice of vegetable: 
Grilled Asparagus
Baby Carrots and Peas
Grilled Zucchini
Creamed Spinach

Choice of starch:
Fregola Sarda
Mashed Potatoes
Grits

The restaurant's regular menu will not be available. Call 312-280-0720 or visit OpenTable for reservations.


151 W. Adams
312-660-8866

The Florentine has something for everyone this Easter with a grand, gourmet brunch buffet on Sunday, April 20 from 10am to 2:30pm. Offering artisanal meats and cheeses, raw bar, Pannettone French Toast, Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Preserves, Waffle Station, Yogurt, Homemade Granola and Fruit Station, House Cured smoked salmon, bagels and lox, omelet station, ham and lamb carving stations, assorted paninis as well as an assortment of pastries and desserts. $50 for adults and $20 for children. Optional Bloody Mary Bar and Unlimited Mimosas for $12 per person. 

24 S. Michigan Ave
312-372-4243

Hop to The Gage this Easter Sunday to enjoy their traditional brunch menu along with a fleet of seasonal dishes by Executive Chef Peter Coenen. Specialty dishes include Smoked Rabbit Confit with market lettuce, poached egg and mustard vinaigrette; Grilled Lamb Loin with cheddar grits, Genesis Farm's heirloom carrots and truffle bbq; and Wild Line Caught Salmon with local asparagus and brown butter-caper hollandaise. A variety of essential Easter cocktails will also be available - including Ceasar Bloody Mary's and Mimosas. Easter Brunch will be served from 10am until 2pm.

For reservations and more information, please call 312-372-4343
  
InterContinental Chicago

505 N. Michigan Ave
312-944-4100

The famed InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is hosting a traditional Easter brunch buffet this year inside The Continental overlooking Michigan Avenue. Diners can enjoy a spread of luxurious dishes such as Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon with red onion confit and beurre rouge; Neuske Bacon and Slagel Farm Sausage Quiche Loraine; and Hunter Style Chicken with pearl onions, wild mushrooms and medera jus. Made-to-order breakfast items such as omelets and waffles, as well as a carving station will also be available, in addition to a children's buffet offering crowd-pleasing macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers. Easter brunch will be served from 12pm until 3pm and costs $75 per person, which includes a mimosa or bloody mary and gratuity. Brunch costs $28 per child ages five through 12, and is complimentary for children four and younger. 

For reservations and more information please call 312-321-8844.



624 Davis Street, Evanston, IL
847-866-6969

Koi, located in the heart of downtown Evanston, will be featuring their newly launched Dim Sum Brunch on Easter from 10:30 a.m. -3 p.m.  Originated in the Cantonese provinces of Southern China and translated to "Touch the Heart", Dim Sum is a shared dining tradition enjoyed with tea and small savory dishes such as dumplings, stuffed buns & noodles.  Koi's dim sum menu offers 60 items to choose from as well as $10 bottomless Mimosas and $5 Bloody Mary cocktails.  

 

505 N. Michigan Ave
312-321-8823

Located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, celebrate Easter with a feast fit for a king at Michael Jordan's Steak House. Executive Chef James O'Donnell's signature menu will be available all day along with two seasonal specials -- Braised Lamb Shank with Goat Cheese Polenta and Spring Garlic-Mint Gremolata ($41) and Petite Filet Mignon with Pan Roasted Lobster, Asparagus, Brown Butter and Black Trumpet Mushrooms ($51).

Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 312-321-8823.
  

4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL
847-329-7650

Guests looking for an earlier meal on Easter Sunday with a Japanese twist can head to Roka Akor Old Orchard for the restaurant's special Easter brunch menu available from 12 to 4pm. Roka Akor's Easter Menu includes: 

Tuna Flatbread $18
Mebachi, olive, cilantro and truffle aioli

Cucumber Wrap Snow Crab with Ora King Salmon tartar $18
Avocado, yamagobo, kaiware, yuzu garlic sauce.

Tako Salad with Oriental Dressing $12

Topanyaki Seafood $28
Shrimp, scallop, calamari, mussel

Grilled Baby Zucchini and Cauliflower $9
Yuzu mustard and jalapeño miso sauce

Soft Shell Shrimp Maki $12
Cucumber, chives, kimchee, sweet chili aioli

Asian Pear and Mizuna Salad $9
Yuzu dressing and salted pecan

Scramble Eggs with Choice of Salmon, Beef or Veggies $12
Sansai mix, yuzu avocado puree

Roka Akor's full brunch and dinner menus will also be available. Guests can make reservations for Easter Sunday online or by calling the restaurant at (847) 329-7650. 


401 N. Wabash Ave
312-588-8030

The culinary team from Trump Chicago will present a sophisticated, yet spirited Easter brunch celebration at Sixteen - the chic, fine dining restaurant at Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago. While gourmands delight over the afternoon's lavish spread and a complimentary glass of champagne, younger diners will revel in lively entertainment including a petting zoo featuring adorable ducks, chicks, and other cute farm animals and Easter-themed takeaways. Led by Executive Pastry Chef Aya Fukai guests will enjoy a bounty of sweet treats.

Sixteen's Easter brunch costs $148 for adults and $35 for children (under 8 years of age) exclusive of alcohol, tax, and gratuity. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling 312-588-8030. 

  
151 W. Erie St.
312-274-1111

Tavernita will be open for both brunch and dinner service on Easter Sunday, April 20th.  For brunch, guests can select from a special $30 per person sharing menu.  Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312-274-1111.

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