My last visit to Alinea’s Gallery on 2/11/18 for the winter menu. A truly immersive and interactive “show” that is constantly challenging your senses every step of the way. Alinea never seizes to amaze.

Entrance to Alinea. Upstairs is the Salon, On the Right… The Gallery.
Artwork at Alinea
Alinea Restaurant in Chicago
We are surprised with the new set up for the winter menu
Everyone looks amazed at the “communal” set up at Alinea
‘Communal’: Meringue, which will pair with the parsnip soup
‘Communal’: Parnsnip, Osetra, Lemon, White Pepper
We are back in the dining room and everything had changed.
CenterpieceL which will release aromas to pair with the next course.
Word Finder which hides the all times on the menu. Fun and Interactive
Wet Snow: Asian Pear, Roe, Shiso
Spear: Romaine, Avocado, Tosaka
Glow: Spiced Orange. One explosive bite served on a glowing vessel after the lights have been turned off…. all the sense involve
Ranina Ranina: Also Know ans Frog Crab or Spanner Crab, Coconut, Curry
Another centerpiece make it to the table, in this case is a bowl lit on fire which warms up the room… and your heart… Room is in total darkness at the moment with only the fire illuminating our meal
Ink, Squid, Black, Garlic, Chrysanthemum
Black: Olive, Artichoke … disguised among real rocks
Smolder: Venison, Juniper, Huckleberry… cooked slowly on the fire right in front of us.
Paper: Langoustine, Bouillabaisse, Olive Oil …. The dehydrate langoustine takes on a pasta like texture after getting in contact with the broth which is poured table side. One of the best dishes of the night.
The Cape: Clam, Potato, Bacon, ‘Oyster Cracker’
Glass: Blueberry, Black Truffle, Maitake, Funghi, Matsutake, Lemon, Thyme. Served in a oversize plate
Umami: Foie Gras, Shio Kombu, Mushroom
Air: Goat Cheese, Menuka
Shot: Pienapple, Aloe, Shisho
Nostalgia / Campfire: Dark Chocolate, Birch, Marshmallow
Nostalgia / Balloon: Helium, Green Apple
The next course called ‘Paint’, involves the captains bring down some art work that has been hanging on the ceiling for the entire evening, this artwork will serve as the plate for the dessert
Paint: White Chocolate, Coconut, Silver
Paint: White Chocolate, Coconut, Silver
Nugget: Sesame, Brown Butter, Gold




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