for an evening event outdoors... so we went off to the first Chaine des Rotissuers event for the 2015-2016 season. The kick off dinner was at the Duck Inn where we have had several memorable meals. Chef Kevin Hickey a long time Chaine member cooked up a fabulous menu for our meal-
so on with the "show" just a small portion of the glassware for the nearly 70 members and their guests who attended the festivities-
Chef Kevin and helper work on the pig- which is being steamed in a contraption known as a Chinese Box...
guests and members begin to arrive-
each place setting has the full menu and background information on the food and the organization along with a list of members of the chapter..
the pig gets paraded around the garden - a nice tribute to his sacrifice for our enjoyment
a couple had a shared birthday celebration on this exact date-
some promo materials from the restaurant -
their signature dish - recommended to order ahead to guarantee getting one when you visit-
the Chaine menu booklet-
so this was a brief summary of dinner al fresco at Duck Inn - and my only complaint was it was over subscribed- too many people in too little space... should have been a 60 limit 56 would have been even more manageable- but live and learn- next time I will keep an eye on how many tickets are available - because those who know me know how much I HATE crowds.... I was lucky because I sat between Phil and a woman I know from Chicago Gourmets and like very much... - LOL the trend to communal tables is seriously NOT me... but that is why I am spending the next three weeks with a group tour of TWO of us- LOL... only me and Phil.... and our driver and our guide... it works so much better that way...
so we are off! and when we get back we have a whirlwind of final Chicago stuff before we head south - and further south (Cuba) and back to school etc... all our now usual winter activities... stay tuned...