For the second year in a row, Travelle Kitchen and Bar in the Langham Hotel has brought back its weekly dinner series featuring fresh produce and benefitting Chicago’s Green City Market. Last year, my summer flew by and I didn’t have the chance to pop over and check it out. So, I was delighted when Kate from Wagstaff invited me in for dinner, and even let the BFF Charlotte tag along.
This was an epic girls dinner. The company was wonderful, and the food was simply put, fantastic. Travelle Kitchen and Bar is known for not only executing outstanding meals for dinner guests on the daily, but Chef Ricardo Jarquin, Pastry Chef Scott Green and their team often do dinner and wine cellar series, dinner specials, and chef collaborations featuring other restaurants in the city.
The Wednesday dinner series offers a different chef’s choice of a four-course menu each week, featuring market fresh ingredients that are hand-selected each Wednesday morning from the Green City Market in Lincoln Park, Chicago’s year-round sustainable farmers market. Chefs Jarquin and Green offer a new menu each week inspired by in-season local produce with ten percent of the proceeds from the menu directly benefit the Green City Market. Plus, you can opt to get wine pairings with the courses. I am all about eating and drinking for a good cause, and the Green City Market is one of the best things about Chicago summer, so this was right up my alley.
The menu for this particular week was full of fresh produce and unique food pairings; nothing less of what I would expect from Travelle Kitchen and Bar. The first course was a beautiful beet cured salmon, with fresh dill, citrus, and sumac. the salmon was so bright and colorful, thanks to its freshness and the added color from the beets. Even Charlotte, who is not one for food photos at dinner, couldn’t resist snapping a few shots of the beautiful dish.
It tasted wonderful, and I am not normally a fan of cured salmon. It was light, bright, and full of flavor. We all enjoyed this first course paired with a light white wine.
The second course was a fan favorite among us. A single, ginger pork dumpling arrived in a bowl of Tonkotso broth, with fresh peas and thick-cut chunks of bacon. This dish was delicious, our only beef with Chef Ricardo over this dish is to please add it permanently to the menu and allow for more dumplings! They were absolutely incredible.
After discovering that we were all more hungry than we anticipated, the three of us decided to order a few items off of the regular menu. The gnocchi carbonara and the crispy Thai chicken wings were both wonderful and we were all happy we placed the order.
Our third course arrived to the table: an achiote flatiron steak. Along with the steak came summer squash and a Yuzo orange mojo sauce, which was so fresh and complemented the steak perfectly. Additionally, the Côte du Rhône that was paired with the dish was just so good. Kate, Charlotte, and I were in love with that red wine!
Our meal was finished with a dessert of roasted apricots, puff pastry and a cherry sorbet with an almond chantilly. The entire meal was fantastic, and I strongly encourage anyone to check out this Wednesday dinner series at some point during it’s run through the end of October. At $45 a person for a perfectly prepared four course meal from the wonderful chefs at Travelle, we highly recommend you attend this dinner series with Green City Market.
Travelle Kitchen and Bar
330 N. Wabash Street
The Wednesday dinner series will run Wednesdays until October 25th, 2017 and is served from 5 p.m. until ingredients run out.