WBEZ | Bistronomic http://www.wbez.org/tags/bistronomic Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Friday Foodie Forecast: Al fresco dining http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-13/friday-foodie-forecast-al-fresco-dining-86441 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-12/Rockit Wrigley outdoor patio.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-12/Rockit Wrigley outdoor patio.jpg" title="Outdoor patio at Rockit Wrigley" width="400" height="267"></p><p>Summer may be another month away, but no one’s told Mother Nature. Soaring temps in Chicago are bringing about new seasonal menus, refreshing cocktails and best yet – the chance to enjoy both outside.&nbsp; Al fresco patio dining can now be found throughout the city, so put on your flip-flops, head outdoors and cool off with a cold drink.</p><p><strong>Parisian Patio Dining at Bistronomic</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.bistronomic.net/">Bistronomic’s</a>&nbsp;outdoor patio is now open where you can enjoy an al fresco Spring-friendly dinner <a href="http://http://bistronomic.net/content/directory/attachments/menu/s/si8g5y/Bistronomic_menus_letter_size.pdf">menu</a>&nbsp;and special seasonal cocktails in the heart of the Gold Coast. Seating 30 under its canopy, the patio offers guests an outside dining experience highlighting Chef Martial Noguier’s signature menu items including the savory tartine of the day ($9.50); a fresh can of sardines in extra virgin oil and vinegar ($11); one-ounce cans of the caviar of the day (prices vary), as well as a number of cheese flights using cheeses from regionally local farms, including <a href="http://www.capriolegoatcheese.com/">Capriole Farm</a>&nbsp;herb goat cheese and <a href="http://www.hiddenspringscreamery.com/">Hidden Spring</a>&nbsp;bohemian blue and marieke gouda, all for $15. Cheese tasting flights including a selection of six cheeses to share are also available for $26. Along with an extensive wine list and a number of beers to choose from, special cocktails will also be available including, <em>French 75 </em>(martini made with Bombay Sapphire, St. Germaine, lemon juice and champagne, garnished with a sugar rim and lemon twist, $14), and the <em>Cocinelle “Ladybug”</em> (Little Blanc, Hennessey cognac, and Domaine De Canton ginger liqueur, garnished with candied ginger and served over ice, $12). Weather permitting, hours of patio operation are Sun. through Thurs. 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., and Fri. through Sat. 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., with weekday lunch and weekend brunch hours coming soon. &nbsp;Bistronomic is located at 840 N. Wabash Ave. For more information or to make reservations, visit <a href="http://www.bistronomic.net/">www.bistronomic.net</a>.</p><p><strong>Chicago q Unveils New Patio</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.chicagoqrestaurant.com/">Chicago q</a>&nbsp;brings their upscale barbecue outdoors to their patio dining area right off the bustling action of Division Street.&nbsp;Featuring a custom-built white picket fence with flowers and surrounding seating for 40 guests, guests can look forward to enjoying pitchers of house-made vodka limeade ($16 each, serves 2 - 3) along with barbecue specialties like Kobe beef ribs, “Competition” baby back ribs, and house-smoked half chicken prepared by Chef/Partner Lee Ann Whippen. Patio seating is first come, first served and a food purchase is required. &nbsp;A complete menu is available upon request. Weather permitting,&nbsp;patio hours are 11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Sun. through Thurs., and 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Fri. and Sat. &nbsp;Chicago q is located at 1160 N. Dearborn St. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.chicagoqrestaurant.com/">www.chicagoqrestaurant.com</a>.</p><p><strong>Sitting It Out at Rockit Wrigley</strong></p><p>Before, during and after Cubs games, feel free to bring your dog and enjoy the trendy bar fare and specialty cocktails all season long at Rockit Wrigley’s dog-friendly outdoor patio right across the street from the stadium. The <a href="http://www.rockitbarandgrill.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/rbg2_daily_spr11.pdf">menu</a>, created by Executive Chef James Gottwald, features signature soups, sandwiches, salads, pizzas and entrees, including the <em>Rockit Burger&nbsp;</em>(Kobe beef, melted brie, fried shallots, medjool date aioli, red onion brioche bun, truffle fries- named the best in the nation by “Good Morning America,”- $19), as well as pitcher specials including the <em>Cubby Blue </em>(UV vodka, blue caruaco, fresh squeezed lemonade, cherries for $10 Glass/$28 pitcher on home games, $20 pitcher on non-home games); <em>Rockit Margaritas </em>(Hornitos Plata tequila, triple sec, fresh squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, $10 glass/$28 pitcher on home games, $20 pitcher on non-home games); <em>Rockit Punch </em>(Bacardi torched cherry, Bacardi dragon berry, Bacardi O, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, grenadine, orange, cherry, $12 glass/$30 pitcher on home games, $22 pitcher on non-home games); <em>Rockit Lemonade </em>(Effen raspberry vodka, fresh lemonade, Rose's lime, cranberry juice for $10 glass/ $28 pitcher on home games and $20 pitcher on non-home games); <em>Bud Light </em>($4 a pint, $10 per pitcher); <em>Mixed UV vodka cocktails </em>($6 – Red Bull excluded); and <em>Hornitos tequila shots </em>($5 each). Rockit Wrigley is located at 3700 N. Clark. For more information and hours of operation (vary based on game days),&nbsp;visit <a href="http://rockitbarandgrill.com/">http://rockitbarandgrill.com</a>.</p><p><em>-Dimitra Apostolopoulos</em></p></p> Fri, 13 May 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-13/friday-foodie-forecast-al-fresco-dining-86441 Something You Should Eat: Tuna tartar from Bistronomic http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-03-29/something-you-should-eat-tuna-tartar-bistronomic-83979 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/21241052?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;color=c40215" frameborder="0" height="281" width="500"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: left;">Martial Noguier never quite settled into his previous assignments. At <a href="http://www.onesixtyblue.com/">one sixtyblue</a>, his cooking would veer into French territory, but the fact diners were there for Michael Jordan's connection as much as anything, probably limited his creativity. At <a href="http://www.cafedesarchitectes.com/">Café des Architectes</a>, inside the Hotel Sofitel, he explored his roots a bit more, but still, he was a hotel chef, succumbing to the whims of business travelers and chopped salad lunch-goers looking to get in and out in about an hour.</p><p style="text-align: left;">At <a href="http://bistronomic.net/">Bistronomic</a> - a stone's throw south of the Sofitel - Noguier seems more at home than he ever has been. There are <em>terrines</em> and <em>patés</em>, of course, but also Lake Superior whitefish over French lentils and a seriously good tartar, made with tuna, rather than the more traditional (and fashionable) beef. Arriving in a glass jar, topped with lemony-scented avocado, it's a fabulous way to wake up your mouth as you get ready for the really serious stuff.</p></p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-03-29/something-you-should-eat-tuna-tartar-bistronomic-83979