$72 for a French Tasting Menu with Wine Flight for Two Sunday–Friday at Restaurant Michael in Winnetka ($148 Value)

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Culinary Institute of America–trained chef draws on seasonal ingredients to craft five-course tasting menus of traditional French Cuisine

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Expires Jan 9th, 2013. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table. Reservation required, must call for reservation; not valid with online reservations. Dine-in only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Dining out affords families and couples the chance to gather 'round someone else’s dinner table instead of their usual gathering 'round the tire fire in the master bath. Make the most of this rare occasion with this Groupon.

$72 for a Five-Course Tasting Menu with a Wine Flight Pairing for Two Sunday–Friday ($148 Value)

  • Five-course tasting menu for two (a $50 value each)
  • Wine flight pairing for two, which consists of three wines (a $24 value each)

Although the menu changes based on the season, recent tasting menus have included crispy veal sweetbreads over truffle-scented pomme puree, roasted baby beets with baby frisée and baked camembert, and roast duck breast with stuffed hen a l'orange nouveau, flanked by duck and wild mushroom strudel.

Restaurant Michael

After dining at Restaurant Michael, Chicago Reader writer David Hammond described a savory spread of pate and gherkin pickles as “surpassingly pleasing,” and noted that his dessert (a warm blueberry-almond financier pastry with a ginger-almond ice-cream sandwich) was still haunting his dreams. At his eponymous Winnetka restaurant, chef Michael Lachowicz crafts traditional French cuisine inspired by his training at the Culinary Institute of America and years spent sharing spatulas with world-renowned chefs. Like Tchaikovsky's musical interpretations of the calendar year, Michael's menus change with the season to showcase the freshest ingredients and flavors. Whole-roasted squab or sautéed fillets of flounder drizzled in champagne sauce showcase his creative ambition as well as his classical training. Desserts include indulgences such as housemade gelato or artisanal cheese served from a cart. Restaurant Michael's elegant dining room is wrapped in warm earth tones and awash in the glow of hanging lamps and domesticated moonbeams. White cloths mark intimate tables that support glass stemware and the occasional roving wine decanters.

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