bellyQ: Perfect Start of the Global Tasting Tour in Chicago

bellyQ: Perfect Start of the Global Tasting Tour in Chicago

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Condé Nast Traveler and MasterCard Priceless Cities kicked off their “Global Tasting Tour” this weekend.  And guess which city they chose to start the celebration? CHICAGO, of course!  The “Tour” is a week of dinners celebrating different types of foods from around the world.  At each dinner, a leading industry chef will introduce the one-time menu. Each dinner is available to only MasterCard holders with advanced purchased ticket.

Chef Bill Kim and Lulu pose for a pre-party photo

Chef Bill Kim and Lulu pose for a pre-party photo

First stop on the tour: bellyQ hosted by Chef Bill Kim.  Adam, Lulu and I were lucky enough to score an invitation to the “Family Dinner Event.” We were intrigued by the idea of a “family dinner” at this primary Asian influenced establishment. The dinner was actually a detour from Chef Kim’s usual Asian-fare: tonight we were eating Bar-B-Q!

Before we sat down for what promised to be an amazing dinner, Chef Kim gathered the children together and taught them how to make spring rolls. Laid out on a long table was every possible ingredient one might need.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Proud parents stood snapping pictures while their talented prodigy identified which ingredient they wanted to use, then designed their spring roll on paper, named it and finally returned to the ingredients table to bring their creations to life. 

 It was no surprise, of course, that the first course was the very same spring rolls that were now fried to perfection.

Designing her spring roll

Designing her spring roll

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Adam and I love Chef Kim’s food and could not wait to try the beef ribs, corn bread with kimchi and bacon, the cole slaw with nuoc cham and mint.  With all of the fantastic choices, it was hard to come up with an agreed upon family favorite until we tasted the coconut spinach dish. Lulu even asked Chef Kim for the recipe!

Dinner ended with a dessert of Vietnamese Donuts with cinnamon and vanilla soft serve ice cream.  To top it off, the donuts came with an amazing caramel sauce rumored to have soy sauce and balsamic vinegar in it.  As we were leaving the restaurant, Lulu told the chef: “even if my parents don’t want to drive me down here, I am going to take a cab.  These donuts are that good!”

So let’s see: Awesome chefs + A one time only themed dinner = A MUST event for the Keats!

There are three more events Condé Nast Traveler and MasterCard Priceless Chicago scheduled this week.  If you are in the Windy City and love food as much as Adam and I do, you do not want to miss any of these events:

  • Monday, October 28th: PUBLICAN QUALITY MEATS
    • American Classics: Oysters, Pork and Beer
    • Price: $125 pp
  • Tuesday, October 29th: YUSHO
    • Just for the Sake of It: A Tasting Exploration
    • Price: $125 pp
  • Wednesday, October 30th: SPIAGGIA
    • A Celebration of Nomadic Bees
    • Price: $125 pp

It’s not too late to get tickets for these amazing culinary adventures?  Check out www.cntglobaltastingtour.com for more information.

I was not monetarily compensated for this post.  But my family and I did enjoy a fantastic, unique and belly-filling meal/experience for which we are grateful to Condé Nast Traveler and Mastercard Priceless Chicago for asking us to participate.

 

Improving My Cutting Skills–The Chicago Way

Improving My Cutting Skills–The Chicago Way

Cutting, chopping, mincing and slicing… All of these actions lead me to the same conclusion: It’s time that I learn how to use knives for more than opening the cellophane wrapped around K’s new DVDs and GameBoy games.  Since I have started doing more cooking in the kitchen, I have also heard my wonderful husband mutter under his breath one or two times “You are USING the WRONG KNIFE!”  So, you can bet that I jumped on the chance to learn more about great knives and their uses.

 I am venturing to The Chopping Block at the Merchandise Mart today to get some lessons on the proper knife technique.  Specifically, I will be using the new Chicago Cutlery® DesignPro™ product.  It’s the latest innovation from Chicago Cutlery.  The knives are designed to have a handle that guides your hand to the best position for superior control and cutting. Hopefully, with the ultra-sharp, Japanese blades, I won’t find myself struggling to not only figure out which is the correct knife to use, but also be assured that I am using a sharp knife to make the cleanest cuts.

 

In the meantime, I have been looking at pictures of two of the knives online.

 

 

I have a feeling that once I have completed the class today, I will be texting my super-fantastic cook of a husband with a request to replace our 15 year-old german knives with these super sleek, sharp and modern ones.

 

Who knows?  Perhaps with the Chicago Cutlery Design Pro knives, I will do more of the cooking?  Or at least taking the lead for the food prep?  You will be the first to know.