Traditional Italian chefs create big flavors from simple ingredients, much as a child bases an entire fantasy kingdom on the words written on a receipt for drywall. See culinary magic take place with this Groupon to the Taste of Chicago’s Celebrity Chef du Jour event featuring Chef Tony Mantuano. For $40, you get one general-admission ticket to a three-course dinner prepared by Chef Mantuano near the southwest corner of Buckingham Fountain on Thursday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. (seating begins at 5:30 p.m.) A vegetarian option is available. The dinner includes the following:
Crescenza-cheese ravioletto with parmigiano-reggiano butter sauce<p>
Vegetarian option: Arugula salad<p>
Steak tagliata with arugula<p>
Vegetarian option: Crescenza-cheese ravioletto with parmigiano-reggiano butter sauce<p>
In addition to the Taste of Chicago’s annual cavalcade of local cuisine, the 2012 festival introduces a five-day series of exclusive meals prepared by iconic Chicago chefs and served with the assistance of the Washburne Culinary Institute. Tickets to the first-ever Celebrity Chef du Jour are only available through Groupon. Thursday’s event shines a spotlight on Chef Tony Mantuano, who dedicates his culinary talents to recreating traditional Italian dishes. In 2009, he received the ceremonial keys from San Martino in the Molise region of Italy, a testament to his cuisine’s transatlantic appeal. His domestic accomplishments include winning the highly coveted 2005 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Midwest and competing in the second season of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters with both arms tied behind his back.
Chef Mantuano helps to oversee several establishments throughout the Chicago area and beyond. His flagship restaurant, Spiaggia, continuously garners praise for its handcrafted pastas, wood-roasted steaks, and housemade sausages, most recently earning a star in the 2012 Michelin Guide. After winning the 2008 election, President Barack Obama chose to celebrate his victory with a dinner at Spiaggia, a longtime favorite of the former senator.
At the Celebrity Chef du Jour dinner, diners will be able to mingle with Chef Mantuano and sample three courses of his artfully rustic Italian cuisine, all within the comfort of an air-conditioned tent made entirely out of al dente pasta sheets.
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