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Chicago’s 2018 James Beard Nominees

A’s List: Get a Taste of Chicago’s 2018 James Beard Nominees Another year, another class of James Beard nominees from Chicago. Some names you’ll recognize as previous nominees, while others are new in the game. Nevertheless, if you haven’t checked them out by now, it’s time to make a reservation. Here’s our cheat sheet on […]

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Apr 19, 2018 07:55 PM
Chicago Weekly Planner: Chef’s Dinners, Cocktail Class & Late-night

Chicago Weekly Planner: Chef’s Dinners at Bistro Campagne In case you needed another reason to revisit one of Lincoln Square’s most enduring gems, Bistro Campagne just rolled out a new monthly dinner series that promises to get guests a front-row seat to all the culinary action. Executive chef Luke Creagon and beverage director Alex Uribe have created […]

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Apr 15, 2018 11:18 PM
Weekly Planner: Cooking Classes and New Brunche Locations

The Moonlighter Launches Brunch One of the newest brunch menus in town can now be savored at Logan Square newcomer The Moonlighter. Available every Saturday and Sunday starting at 11:00 a.m., brunch features inventive comfort fare by chef Mickey Neeley, whose menu boasts the likes of corn flake-crusted bananas Foster French toast with vanilla bean pudding […]

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Mar 26, 2018 09:12 PM

Sweet of the Week: Nutella Baklava at Travelle

Let's get one thing straight. I would eat Nutella smeared on literally anything and be happy about it. The nefarious chocolate-hazelnut spread usurps any and all pretenses on its way to gustatory, gluttonous glory. There's a reason it's cited as one of the mightiest guilty pleasures, or why Eataly reserves an entire dessert station for it. Nutella is religion. Which is why when I see Nutella on a composed dessert menu, I bow down and order it. Especially when said dessert is the Nutella baklava (!) at Travelle


Travelle baklava
(Travelle does baklava right)


If there's one confection I adore almost as much as Nutella, it's likely baklava. I have fond memories of a family friend making baklava laboriously from scratch, rolling out about a million layers of fine phyllo dough and striating it with nuts and honey. The end result is as close to heaven as one can get without being high on a whole cocktail of euphoric substances. The perfect punctuation point to a Mediterranean-themed meal at Travelle is this baklava, a dessert that is at once classic, modern, refined, and whimsical. Dare I say it's the perfect dessert; it's a quadruple threat. The crux of the dessert looks fairly classic, at least in shape and texture. The phyllo is buttery, billowy, and tender, filled to the brim with silken Nutella and set atop a fudgy swirl on the plate. Balsamic pearls dot the plate, providing a pop of fruity, acidic juxtaposition, while cocoa nib crisps provide a nice textural contrast. This is Nirvana. 


- Matt Kirouac

Tags: dessertNutellaTravelleRiver Northbaklava
Neighborhoods: River North

Situated in a landmark Mies van der Rohe tower, Travelle's concept is inspired by ports of call throughout the Mediterranean. Guests may indulge in the "Chef's Table" or "Cellar Table"...




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