Embeya Brings Back Award-winning Rabbit Dish and Soup Series

It's a good week to be Embeya. Newly named one of Esquire's Best New Restaurants, Embeya also earned the honor of achieving Esquire's Dish of the Year, it's bringing back its Monday Night Soup Series, and it's hosting a wine-maker's dinner on Wednesday. I don't think anyone has been on such a roll since Beyonce did the Presidential inauguration and the Super Bowl back-to-back.

Dish of the Year
(Feast your eyes on Esquire's Dish of the Year, available this week at Embeya)

Not only did Embeya land on Esquire's prestigious Best New Restaurants list, marking one of two Chicago restaurants to earn the honor, but chef Thai Dang earned Dish of the Year status for a very special rabbit dish that just so happened to enamor Esquire's John Mariani. Made with Thai chiles, garbanzo beans, and royal trumpet mushrooms, the dish was retired a while ago, but makes a return this week in honor of the accolade. So you too can experience the wonders of the rabbit. It's only available this week, though, so hop to it.

Also making a triumphant return this week is Embeya's Monday Night Soup Series, a soulful cold-weather tradition instated last year featuring a different guest chef each week. This year's roster boasts an array of heavy-hitters, including Jason Vincent of Nightwood, Curtis Duffy of Grace, and Sarah Grueneberg of Spiaggia, all of whom will prepare their own Asian-inspired soups throughout the season. Things kick off tonight with Mark Steuer, executive chef of Carriage House, an apropos kickoff for the soup onslaught considering Carriage House was the other Chicago restaurant on Esquire's list.


And since that's not enough for one week, Embeya pops the cork on a special wine-maker's dinner on October 30. Vintner Emmanual Pageot joins the restaurant for the occasion, featuring five dynamic wines from the Domaine Turner Pageot collection. Along with his wife Karen Turner, Pageot practices biodyanamic wine-making in the Languedoc, reaping the rewards of Southern France's rich soils. To celebrate said wines, Dang will curate a five-course menu to match with Pageot's selections. The event costs $120 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 312-612-5640 or emailing attila@embeya.com.