Few things honor important occasions as richly as extravagant dining, from the feasts of the great medieval kings to the towering cakes that weddings guests must gnaw into homes for the newlyweds. Celebrate in style with today’s Groupon to Vermilion. Choose from the following options:
- For $38, you get a dinner for two from the dinner menu (up to an $82 value). Dinner for two includes the following:
- Two Latin-Indian small-plate starters
- Two entrees<p>
- For $75, you get a Seven Deadly Sins New Year’s Eve dinner for one person beginning at 8:30 p.m (a total $150 value). The dinner includes the following:
- Seven-course themed dinner. Click here for a description of the courses.
- Champagne toast and party favor along with dancing after dinner
- May redeem multiple Groupons per table<p>
- For $95, you get a Bazaars of Bombay six-course dinner for one person (a $130 value) that includes the following:
- Six-course prix fixe dinner. Click here for a list of the courses.
- Signed copy of a Salman Rushdie novel. Options include Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses, and Luka and the Fire of Life.
- May redeem multiple Groupons per table
Vermilion’s executive chef, Maneet Chauhan, blends Indian and Latin cuisines to create unique tapas and tandoori entrees rich with flavors of curry, mango, and coconut. Vermilion enlivens foodsperiences with a slew of special events set in chic spaces replete with high ceilings, chandeliers, and bussers wearing aprons of hammered gold.
Prix-Fixe Dinner for Two
The dinner for two lets guests tour an inventive dinner menu inhabited by culture-melding tapas such as the duck vindaloo arepa ($12) painted with an edible fresco of pomegranate molasses and curry lead mango. The main course tempts taste buds with signature dishes including caldeirada de peixe ($25), an Amazonian stew of seafood and vegetables visited by Indian spices.
Seven Deadly Sins New Years Eve Dinner
The Seven Deadly Sins dinner lets guests ring in the New Year with dancing and seven decadent courses, each inspired by an age-old iniquity. Before dancing, diners bust belt buckles on creative courses such as pride, represented by a blue-corn–crusted scallop on kali mirch calabaza with goat cheese purée. Bacchanalians cap off the evening with a champagne toast ending in a howl of unbridled rapture, busting moves while a DJ spins Bollywood grooves, global beats, and club tunes until 3 a.m.
Bazaars of Bombay Six-Course Dinner
The Bazaars of Bombay prix-fixe dinner celebrates the life and work of Sir Salman Rushdie with six courses inspired by the author’s Indian birthplace and a signed copy of one of his works to add to home libraries. Patrons sate taste buds with Bombay frankies and corn khatkhate soup while feeding eyes on prose by a man knighted for his services to literature and proficiency at jousting.
The expiration on this deal varies from option to option. * The prix-fixe dinner for two expires February 28, 2012 * The Seven Deadly Sins dinner expires December 31, 2011 * The Bazaars of Bombay dinner expires January 31, 2012</p>
Vermilion has garnered a great deal of press and accolades over the years. From being named one of Chicago magazine’s Best New Restaurants of 2004 to gracing the pages of Esquire in an article titled "15 More Restaurants Not to Miss," the restaurant is no stranger to the spotlight. And at the heart of its success is Rohini Dey, a former consultant who, in 2003, decided to dive whisk first into the restaurant biz. Inspired by her Indian heritage, Dey set out to re-engineer the country’s traditional approach, fusing contemporary homeland flavors with elements of similarly bold Latin cuisine. The restaurant is also now offering a new relaunched menu designed by chefs Anup Patwal & Javier Alvarez, who were featured on the CNBC show Consumed.
At Vermilion’s Chicago and New York City locations, the chefs craft meat and vegetarian fusions. Some of their most successful creations include the Gourmet-lauded duck-vindaloo arepas, lobster tail stewed in coconut-and-curry-leaf gravy, which was named the top dish worldwide by USA Today in 2004, and the tandoori skirt steak, hailed by Esquire Vermilion's chefs have competed on Iron Chef, Top Chef and judged Chopped.
Vermilion has also been praised for its goal of bringing women into high-profile culinary positions. In fact, Dey partnered with the James Beard Foundation to do just that via the Women in Culinary Leadership program. The program has since earned praise from the likes of CBS and The Wall Street Journal.