$40 for Three-Course Dinner with Chef Tony Mantuano on July 12 at Taste of Chicago. Two Options Available.

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James Beard Award winner and Top Chef Masters competitor forges elegant Italian cuisine with artisan ingredients and refined presentations

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Promotional value expires Jul 12, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person. Does not include alcohol; may purchase on site. Redeem starting at 5:30PM day of event for admission at the southwest corner of Buckingham Fountain Plaza. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which will be provided to venue. Refundable only on day of purchase. Seats first-come, first served; parties not guaranteed to be seated together. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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:

First course
Crescenza-cheese ravioletto with parmigiano-reggiano butter sauce<p>

Vegetarian option: Arugula salad<p>

Second course
Steak tagliata with arugula<p>

Vegetarian option: Crescenza-cheese ravioletto with parmigiano-reggiano butter sauce<p>

Third course
Limoncello granita<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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