Dinner at Sixteen

 How pretty is this?

How pretty is this?

Dinner at Sixteen

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Sixteen
http://www.sixteenchicago.com/

Dinner at Sixteen was a beautiful 8-course meal with wine pairings. Although if you refrain from wine, the non alcoholic paring is just as delicious and absolutely gorgeous. Actually this whole evening was gorgeous, from the plating to balcony view, to the service and company: fellow bloggers and food lovers!

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, although if you scroll down you'll find the menu listing. The meal started off with appetizers in fun presentations, tomato and small scoops of granita. Among the courses my favorites included the American Wagyu steak, which surprised me because although I usually prefer seafood but this was so good! I loved the plating and taste of the poached oyster with its edible squash flowers, and the eggplant dish was rich and flavorful. Among the wine pairings my favorite was the sparkling sake, I'm so sad I didn't get a proper picture! Too busy drinking. Haha.

I love raspberry so the raspberry-hibiscus sorbet was a perfect dessert! After two dessert courses, we were spoiled by a mini dessert cart with pretty gold-flecked cookies and jelly candies. Also a tiny matcha/violet pairing that was unusual light, a great way to end the meal.

Thank you Audrey of IMR and executive chef Nick Dostal for hosting such a beautiful evening!

 Summer snacks...

Summer snacks...

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 This kind of reminded me of cereal...in a really elegant way

This kind of reminded me of cereal...in a really elegant way

Menu

Summer snacks

Poached Oyster | Summer Squash | Bronze Fennel

Eggplant | Bok Choi | Black Garlic

Fruits de Mer | Saffron Pici | Currant Tomato

Sweet Corn | Chantarelle Pasta | Espelette

Rouget | Lobster-Bottarga Emulsion | Radish

American Wagyu | Matsutake Mushroom | Cauliflower

Tonka Bean | Raspberry-Hibiscus | Sicilian Pistachio

Santarem Chocolate | Thai Basil | Cardamom Leaf

 Eggplant!

Eggplant!

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 Truffle

Truffle

 The prettiest steak I've ever had

The prettiest steak I've ever had

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 Raspberry-hibiscus

Raspberry-hibiscus

 Dessert #2

Dessert #2

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 Hi there

Hi there