The Green Door treated Chef's Table guests to a unique speakeasy event

Our most recent Chef’s Table event took place in one of the most intriguing spaces we have seen.  Downstairs in the Green Door Tavern you will find an intimate, quirky speakeasy space that takes you back in time to a Chicago of an earlier era.  Vintage posters and fixtures combine with the “underground” feel to create a perfect space for a small gathering.  In fact, they are in the process of renovating this inventive space to create an actual speakeasy “club” starting in the fall.  Keep an eye on their website for more information about this exciting new concept!

For this Chef’s Table event, the Green Door developed an inventive and satisfying menu of food and drinks for the 25 guests and believe me . . . nobody walked away hungry.  The Chef’s Table consisted of five courses, each paired with a different cocktail.  The guests were treated to the following superb pairings:

  • 1st Course: Deviled Egg & Devil on Horseback (Chorizo-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon), paired with the “Devil’s Door” (Devil’s Cut bourbon, vermouth, lemon & orange juice, Bestiary Blood & Smoke Bitters, Bestiary Ghost Pepper Bitters).  This entire course was designed to be a spicy starter for the evening.  The eggs contained giardiniere and were pickled in beef juice to simulate a Chicago Italian beef sandwich.  The bacon-wrapped dates were succulent, and the spicy cocktail was a surprising accompaniment.
  • 2nd Course: Watermelon & Strawberry Salad (pistachio, Feta cheese, vinaigrette), paired with the “French 75” (Plymouth gin, lemon juice, champagne).  What a surprisingly tasty (and large) salad!  The pistachio added a delightful savory crunch to the sweetness of the fruit.  The cocktail was a perfect summery, drinkable offering served over ice instead of the “traditional” martini style.
  • 3rd Course: Scotch Egg (sausage-wrapped egg, arugula, spicy mustard), paired with the “Ned Ryerson” (Metropolitan Brewing Arc Welder Dunkel Rye, Templeton Rye Whiskey, St. Germain, Luxardo Maraschino, lemon juice).  This was my favorite course and my absolute favorite cocktail!  And how can you go wrong with a Scotch Egg?
  • 4th Course: Crispy Beef Slider (Havarti cheese, horseradish sauce) & Venison Sloppy Joe (candied jalapeno, pickle), paired with “The Original Coca-Cola” (Aquavit, Fernet, Coca-Cola).  This cocktail was served in the little vintage Coke bottles with a straw.  Awesome!  The Crispy Beef is one of their signature dishes and is normally served as a full sandwich.  It is definitely a “must try” when you visit.  The Venison Sloppy Joe is my personal favorite item on their menu.  Wow!
  • 5th Course: Boozed Up Ice Cream Float & Fried Nutella Sandwich (Sam Smith Chocolate Porter, coffee ice cream, Nutella), paired with Dark Matter coffee.  Boozy ice cream and Nutella?  It’s a no-brainer that this would be amazingly good . . . and it was.
     

Green Door Tavern is Chicago’s oldest tavern. While they take pride in their history, they recently saw the need to bring their menu to more modern times. 
 
“Our menu was stuck in the ‘80’s, so we brought it into the 21st century,” commented Lou Waddle owner of The Green Door.  “To do the menu right, I asked my extremely talented friend Dirk Flanigan if he could give us some direction,” added Waddle. With the consultation of James Beard Award Nominee chef Dirk Flanigan, a new menu was created in a matter of weeks.”

For more information about Green Door Tavern, check out their listing here on our site.  Green Door Tavern is located at 678 North Orleans, on the corner of Orleans and Huron.   

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.

Green Door Tavern Chef's Table Menu


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