James Beard Eats Week, April 21st to May 1st. James Beard inspired dishes available for a limited time.
What is James Beard Eats week? It’s a week long celebration of cooking pioneer, James Beard. Over 100 Chicago area restaurants are serving up delicious James Beard inspired dishes to diners.
When is James Beard Eats week? Eats Week is April 21 – May 1, 2017, The awards will be given out at Chicago’s Lyric Opera house on May 1st.
What inspired Catch 35’s Chef Eddie’s Eats Week Menu items?
“The spring season heavily influenced my choices for James Beard Eats Week. I choose seasonal high quality ingredients like Fresh Alaskan halibut and spring peas. Each course is a delicate balance between sweet, savory, tangy, and salty.
To start your meal, I choose my favorite shellfish, Georges Bank Scallops. The fava bean puree inspired by spring is paired with the salty & crispy salami and buttery yuzu beurre blanc which allows for a perfectly balanced dish that I think James Beard would have enjoyed.
As for the entree, fresh Alaskan halibut is in season during this time. It is a great firm and mild tasting fish that is able to pair well with almost anything. I chose English pea risotto, bacon vinaigrette, poached egg, and bottarga to heighten the halibut’s flavors and textures. Some diners inquire about “bottarga”. Bottarga is fish roe and has an intense, salty, a little briny flavor, and is very similar to caviar.
To end your meal, I chose a simple & rustic lemon polenta cake. My cooking style emphasizes high quality ingredients done simply. Crispy and dense with a fine crumb & gluten free, the polenta cake is topped with a sweet lemon glaze and fresh apricots (my favorite fruit). Enjoy it with our house made cappuccino or expresso to end your meal.”