SWEET & ZESTY MENU INSPIRATION
Summer in the Midwest brings a delightful array of flavors.
From the juicy sweetness of locally-grown corn and vibranttomatoes to the tangy zest of freshly picked berries,the Midwest offers an abundance of fresh produce thatshines in summertime dishes. The region’s rich agriculturalheritage also brings forth hearty barbecue fare, with smokyribs, tender pulled pork, and tangy sauces taking centerstage at backyard cookouts and festivals.
BRAISED PORK BELLY LOLLIPOP
Orange Supreme, Brown Sugar, Fennel Pollen, Pork Jus
With a nod to summer BBQs, our lollipop is a small treat, with big flavors. This dish begins with succulent braised pork belly, that is tender and melts in your mouth, imparting rich, savory notes. Each bite packs a bright citrusy sweetness of orange supreme, perfectly complementing the pork. A touch of brown sugar adds a delightful caramelized richness, enhancing the depth of flavors. To elevate the dish further, fennel pollen imparts a delicate, aromatic essence, adding hints of earthiness and herbaceousness. Finally, the ensemble is brought together with a luscious pork jus, its velvety consistency and intense meaty essence enveloping the treat in a luxurious finish.
Plantain Chip, Scallions, Cilantro, Jalapeño, Citrus
The crispy plantain chip serves as the perfect vehicle while providing a hint of natural sweetness that complements the ceviche impeccably. As you take a bite, your taste buds are awakened by the bright, tangy citrus marinade that gently caresses the tender pieces of fresh seafood. The addition of finely chopped scallions and cilantro imparts a refreshing twist and the subtle heat of the jalapeño adds a delightful kick that lingers on the palate. Each bite offers a harmonious balance of flavors, as the zesty marinade and the natural sweetness of the seafood meld together, creating a delightful symphony of taste sensations.
SEASONAL VEGETABLE SALAD
Peas & Carrots, White Asparagus, Shallot, Radish, Herbs, Sorghum, Pecorino, Champagne Vinaigrette
Don’t be deceived by this seemingly simple salad. There is a variety of flavors including the tender, sweet peas and carrots, offering a pop of color and a burst of natural sweetness. Delicate white asparagus, tender-crisp and slightly earthy, addsan elegant touch to the ensemble. Shallots and radishes lenda subtle bite and refreshing crunch, while a medley of fresh herbs infuses the salad with fragrant notes and bright flavors. A drizzle of champagne vinaigrette enhances the salad’s crispness and brings a tangy sophistication. To add a touch of texture and sweetness, sorghum, with its nutty and subtly sweet profile, is sprinkled throughout. Finally, the salty richness of the pecorino cheese balances the flavors harmoniously.
SWEET CORN & PICKLED BLUEBERRY SALAD
Spicy Greens, Montamore, Black Walnut, Calabrian Chili Vinaigrette
Crisp and sweet corn kernels dance among a bed of spicy greens, creating a delightful contrast of textures and tastes. The pickled blueberries add a tangy and slightly sweet note, elevating the salad’s complexity with their unique burst of flavor. Shavings of Montamore cheese lend a creamy and nutty richness, while black walnuts add a crunch and earthy undertones. The salad is tied together with a drizzle of zesty Calabrian chili vinaigrette, which infuses a delightful kick of heat and a hint of smokiness. Each bite is a harmonious blend of sweetness, spiciness, and savory elements.
Spring Onion Soubise, English Pea, Fava Bean, Pearl Onion, Asparagus
The delicate ravioletti, filled with creamy Crescenza cheese, offersa burst of velvety richness with every bite. The accompaniment ofspring onion soubise creates a luscious and savory sauce, perfectlycomplementing the ravioletti. As you savor the dish, you’ll discover thevibrant sweetness of English peas, adding a fresh and vibrant elementto the plate. The addition of fava beans, with its nutty and buttery flavor,adds depth and complexity to the ensemble. Delicate pearl onions andtender asparagus complete the dish, bringing a delightful crunch and ahint of sweetness.