Make no little plates
"Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood," Daniel Burnham may or may not have said, but he unquestionably lived the declaration.
I do still love tasting menus but there were no little plans or plates at the most recent three-course Pitmaster Dinner—the third in an ongoing series—featuring Templeton Rye, the Iowa-made small batch rye whiskey once "Al Capone's whiskey of choice." Gary collaborated with Templeton brand manager Michael Killmer to create paired cocktails, using smoke infused ingredients like smoked pineapple and smoked Cherry Coke syrup.
Gary, the Chicago food scene's Big Man in Black, might well be expected to summon a Smoke Monster of flavor, but he wields his power judiciously. Smoke and char join salt, pepper, and black garlic as yielding assistants in his pyromancer hands.