A Gastronomic Week of Priceless Chicago Experiences by Conde Nast Traveler and Mastercard

| October 27, 2013
Chef Bill Kim treated a group of family diners at BellyQ to a feast of what he described as dishes he made up in his head. Can you imagine cornbread with kimchi and bacon? I sure couldn’t have thought of that one, but my tongue and tummy was in agreement with Kim’s brain! The kids were also given a hands-on experience in making their own spring rolls and were cooked for everyone to eat. Priceless experiences like these are exactly what Conde Nast Traveler and Mastercard have designed for the Global Tasting Tour.

Check out the rest of the dining events in Chicago then leading to Los Angeles.
The Global Tasting Tour is a week of once-in-a-lifetime dinners celebrating cuisines of the world. At each private dinner, leading chefs including Sarah Grueneberg, Bill Kim, and Ann Shovers will personally introduce the one-time-only menus along with inventive wine and spirits pairings, special ingredients, and a take-home gift. Each dinner is a private, ticketed event available solely to MasterCard holders.
Monday, October 28 – Publican Quality Meats – Oysters, Pork, and Beer, Oh My!
Indulge in Publican Quality Meats’ founding trifecta of oysters, pork, and beer. The evening starts with a welcome cocktail and oyster-shucking demo, with a guided tasting of East and West coast oysters. Then, enjoy the restaurant’s most famed dishes including the Little Gem Salad with crispy fried pigs ears, hot charcuteries, grilled country ribs, ham chop in hay, farm chicken, or glazed pork belly, all with beer pairings. The feast ends with a seasonal dessert by award-winner pastry chef Anna Shovers.
7:00 PM – $125
Tuesday, October 29 — Yusho — An Exploration of Japanese Sake
The best way to learn about sake is to enjoy it artfully paired with food. Imagine Kalbi Beef Short Ribs paired with a full-bodied Mizbash Ginjo or duck breast paired with a mellow Kimoto Junmai. At this first of it’s kind Yusho experience, certified sake professional Timothy Koenig will guide you course-by-course, including some sakes not available anywhere else or recently imported.
7:00 PM – $125
Wednesday, October 20 —Spiaggia— A Celebration of Nomadic Bees
In 2012, Executive Chef Sarah Grueneberg, a Top Chef finalist, journeyed to Italy to study the ancient art of beekeeping and produce her own mono-floral honeys with noted nomadic bee keeper Andrea Paternoster. Now, in a spectacular first-ever menu, a newfound passion meets Old World technique to showcase honey’s delicious possibilities. From roasted sea scallops with cardoon honey and truffle to suckling pig with polenta and sunflower honey, each course will be paired with wine from the restaurant’s famed collection.
7:00 PM – $125


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