Monday, February 8, 2016

From the inbox: Valentine Dining at Lake Point Tower

My inbox is bursting with information on special menus, romantic settings and special deals for Valentine's Day. So, I'll share a few this week for those of you still mulling over how to spend the holiday. Here's one for those who want to go big and indulge in dinner at one of the classiest places with one of the nicest views in the city.


Cité Fine Dining, at the Top of Lake Point Tower, is the Ultimate Valentine’s Gift

Cité Fine Dining brings the best of the world to its guests by inviting them to indulge their valentine with a world-class Valentine’s Day dining occasion complete with the opportunity to dine among celebrity guests, unrivaled fine dining, renowned entertainment and romantic décor all encompassed in a luxuriously appointed dining room featuring the top city views from across the globe.

As an extraordinary delight, Cité’s owner and Former First Lady of New York State Evangeline will dine among the stars—both those in the sky as well as an array of admired personalities. Celebrities that have dined at Cité include Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Gina Lollobrigida, Carolina Herrera, Tom Selleck, Dolly Parton, Zubin Mehta, Ted Kennedy and even royalty including German Princess Elisabeth of Ysenburg and Büdingen among other notables. Every table will be gracefully adorned with Evangeline’s signature rose petals and candlelight adding that je ne sais quoi to the evening.

Three-time James Beard nominee chef Martial Noguier, Culinary Director, and distinguished Executive Chef Oscar Ornelas of Cité will create a spectacular seasonal five-course Valentine’s Day dining experience. The fare and fine wines paired with the unsurpassed beauty from the 70th floor of Lake Point Tower with 360-degree panoramic views of Chicago and neighboring states will set the mood for a romance-inducing Valentine’s Day occasion.

Cité Fine Dining’s Valentine’s Menu is intended to enhance feelings of passion through aphrodisiac ingredients such as oysters, black pepper and chocolate. In the spirit of coupling, both the Chateaubriand and Belgium Chocolate Fondue are meant for sharing. The Mignardises are intended to enjoy at home as a remembrance of the enchanting evening spent floating and romancing in the sky while watching the magic of Chicago below your feet.

To further mark the special occasion, Cité will offer live music by coveted pianist Dean Rolando on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14. Dean has served as a regular in elite local venues and is the Associate Musical Director for The City Lights Orchestra, which is one of the most highly sought-after event orchestras known throughout the United States. He has had backed up and worked with Ray Charles, Garth Brooks, Diane Schurr, The Manhattan Transfer along with the Cast of The Lion King and Beauty And The Beast.

During the entire month of February, Cité’s Valentine’s Menu will be available as it is one to truly be enjoyed. Vegetarian and vegan choices are always available to appeal to an array of guest preferences.

CITÉ’S VALENTINE’S MENU

Guests may select one dish from each course

FIRST COURSE

Kumamoto Oysters & Pearls

American Sturgeon Caviar | Cucumber Mignonette

APPETIZER

Diver Sea Scallops

Jerusalem Artichoke Purée | Baby Cress Salad | White Truffle Aioli | Parmesan Shaving

Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Amarena Cherries | Confit of Red Cabbage | Age Balsamic Reduction | Brioche

Prime Steak Tartare

Egg Yolk Custard | Capers Berry | Homemade Potato Chips

Millefeuille of Red & Yellow Beets (Vegetarian)

Mâche Salad | Tangerine Orange | Capriole Goat Cheese

SOUP OR SALAD

Cauliflower Velouté (Vegetarian)

Lump Crab Meat | Brown Butter | Pomegranate Seeds

Belgium Endive & Radicchio Salad (Vegetarian)

Port Wine Poached Pear | Maytag Blue Cheese with Toasted Hazelnuts Cherry Vinaigrette

MAIN COURSE

Chateaubriand for Two

Country Mustard Pomme Purée | Baby Rainbow Carrot | Béarnaise Sauce

Filet Mignon Au Poivre Vert

Bourgogne Black Truffle | Brussels Sprouts | Smoked Bacon | Cognac Sauce

Pan Seared Faroe Island Salmon

Leek Fondue | Porcini Mushrooms | Champagne Reduction

Roasted Rack of Lamb

Mushroom Duxelle | Winter Mushrooms | Tomme de Brebis Shaving

Arborio Risotto (Vegetarian)

Bourgogne Black Truffle | Parmesan Shaving | White Truffle oil

DESSERT

Belgium Chocolate Fondue for Two

Tangerine Supreme | Banana Bread | Marshmallow | Pineapple | Kiwi

Chocolate Macchiato

Chocolate Cake | Caramel Mousse | Espresso Ice Cream

Crème Brûlée

Tahitian Vanilla Bean | Clementine Grand Marnier Salad

MIGNARDISE, A SPECIALTY OF THE CITÉ KITCHEN

Chocolate Truffle | Cacao Powder

To cap off a truly exquisite experience, guests may additionally opt for the Louis XIII Cognac served with imported Belgium chocolate on a silver plate. This traditionally Swiss custom is available at Cité. Also by request is the always eye-catching Tableside Flaming Bananas Foster that is sure to light a spark between you and your date!

 
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Cité Fine Dining
Cité, meaning “city” in French, soars as the “Crown Jewel of Chicago” serving seasonal fine dining cuisine in a luxuriously appointed dining room on the 70th floor of Lake Point Tower with extraordinary 360-degree panoramic views of the Chicago skyline and neighboring states. Acclaimed chef Martial Noguier, Culinary Director, oversees the epicurean aspect of the internationally renowned restaurant working in partnership with notable Executive Chef Oscar Ornelas. The chefs’ artistically presented and lavish dishes shine among the distinguished 24-karat gold-gilded ceiling coves and rare African Tigerwood in the cocktail lounge bar.

With an owner as worldly and as stunning as the view, Dr. Dame Evangeline Gouletas, the real estate legend and corporate executive brings an air of sophistication and elegance all of her own as the Former First Lady of New York State, philanthropist, teacher and lecturer to ensure the cuisine and experience are unsurpassed.

Located just east of the Magnificent Mile, Cité is situated in the Streeterville neighborhood. The restaurant is open for dinner beginning at 5 p.m. nightly. Reservations are available through OpenTable. For more information about Cité, please call (312) 644-4050 or visit www.citechicago.com.

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