Our most recent Chefs Table event took place at Ani, one of Chicago’s newest and most superb Japanese restaurants. I recently reviewed Ani and was thrilled that we were able to put together a Chefs Table at this wonderful location. The restaurant is located at 3056 North Lincoln and is a perfect spot for a pre-show meal if you’re headed to the Athenaeum, Theatre Wit, or Stage 773 – all of which are nearby.
The 25 guests at this Chefs Table were treated to a six-course tasting menu hosted by Chef Shin Matsuda and owner Ty Fujimura. The most exciting part of the event was the beverage pairings. Each of the six courses was paired with a different sake, offering the guests a chance to learn something about the many different types of sake. For me, a fan of fine wine, sake has always been rather a mystery. After this event, I know a great deal more and have a strong desire to go out and explore the fascinating world of this surprisingly complex beverage.
In fact, if you want to know more about sake then you should visit either Ani or its companion restaurant Arami. Both have some of the most comprehensive and varied sake menus you will ever see . . . and the staff at both places has incredible knowledge and experience with pairing sake and Japanese food.
For this event we enjoyed the following courses and pairings:
Chef's Table Events bring foodies together in an exclusive, intimate setting. Each restaurant we visit takes care to show off its best, and each experience is exquisite, unique and is an ideal way to explore Chicagoland's culinary scene without spending a fortune.